To promote and enhance the Image of Italian Americans; for members to be of service to
the community; to promote Italian heritage and culture; to promote, support and assist charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and
literary projects; to promote members' interest in public welfare; and, to cooperate with others in civic, social and cultural
Upcoming Dates for 2017
October 8, 2017: Seaside Heights, New Jersey Columbus Day Parade
October 9, 2017: Columbus Day Parade- Click on link to view updated parade information in NYC.
October 24, 2017: Save the Date! Meet the President at The Venetian, Garfield New Jersey
October 27 - 28, 2017: It's the Eastern Regional in Providence, Rhode Island - Hotel Form and Registration Form
Please do not forget to view all the wonderful events happening in our Chapters and Districts around the country! Click on the Calendar of Events tab.
Press Release Concerning Columbus Statue in New York City
UNICO National President Thomas J. Vaughan Jr. Speaks Out in Opposition of Removing Christopher Columbus statue from Columbus Circle in NYC.
FAIRFIELD, N.J., Aug. 24, 2017 – Thomas J. Vaughan Jr., President of UNICO National, released the following statement regarding this issue:
“Columbus represents the contributions that Italians and Italian-Americans have made to make our country great. Applying 21st century morality to 15th century standards is not fair to anyone, let alone someone whose feat of connecting Europe to the Americas advanced civilization as we know it.
“As President of UNICO National, an Italian-American service organization that raises and contributes millions of dollars annually to people of all ethnicity and races, I find it disturbing that Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day are being singled out for revisionist history which seeks to tarnish this great achievement. As Italian-Americans we embrace our culture and heritage and look to preserve it. Let us embrace and learn from our history, not bury it.”
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