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UNICO Foundation Scholarships

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The program is now closed for academic year 2018-2019. Please return in early December 2018 for the new program.


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“How to Run a Successful Heritage Night Program for Your Chapter (with help from UNICO National)”


COMUNICO GUIDELINES - Deadline August 10, 2018 for September Issue


 Upcoming Important Dates 

June 29, 2018: Convention Ad Journal Deadline - Click here for form

July 1, 2018: Due to the National Office

  • First Half Dues
  • Chapter Election Form
  • District Election Form
  • District Governor Award Program

July 15, 2018: Chapter Achievement and Award Program paperwork due to the National Office

July 25 - 29, 2018: UNICO Convention 2018, Delray Beach Marriott, Delray Beach, FL. National Office Registration Flyer

August 10, 2018: Deadline for September 2018 ComUNICO submissions

September 23, 2018: 37th Annual John Basilone Memorial Parade, Borough of Raritan Flyer

October 16, 2018: NJ, NY & PA Meet the President Dinner at the Venetian Caterers, Garfield, NJ (Please note: Tickets are purchased through the Meet the President Committee.)

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.         


UNICO National
January 24, 2018

Columbus Statues: An Important Message from National President Tom Vaughan

To all members,


Recently there have been attacks on Columbus statues in New Jersey, including one in Garfield dedicated by the Garfield Chapter in 1967. Anti-Bias Chair Manny Alfano, ERDG Alan Focarino, PNP Dominick Nicastro, and NJ VII District Governor Jerry Taylor have been diligent in informing local members and the National Office about this particular attack. The Garfield police feel the best way to stop attacks of this kind is to arrest and prosecute those responsible. They feel that a reward for information leading to an arrest can provide assistance. Toward that end UNICO National has pledged $500 toward a reward for information leading to the arrest of those that committed this crime. Other organizations have also pledged reward money. Any UNICANs or Chapters interested in making a pledge can contact Garfield Police Captain Martin Grey (973-478-8500) or Garfield Chapter President Sal Militello at president@garfieldunico.org.


It is my understanding that the Garfield statue has been restored to its original appearance and I thank those that worked so quickly to rectify this appalling act. My intention in notifying you is to make you aware of these attacks so that you can be diligent if you have a Columbus statue, park, street, etc. in your city or town. We must all be vigilant and support one another. These are attacks on Italian Americans and we will not idly stand by.


In related news, the City of New York completed its study of public statues and recommended that Columbus Circle not be renamed, nor the Columbus statue taken down. While this is good news, they also recommended installing a "historical marker" near the statue. It has not been decided what the wording may be, but the Columbus Heritage Coalition, of which UNICO is a member, is planning to protest the installation of this plaque. This coalition is made up of most of the major Italian American organizations in the New York City area. UNICO National and the UNICO Foundation have both contributed $1000 to the coalition, originally to fight the vacating of Columbus from the Circle, and now regarding the potential plaque to be installed. I want to thank PNP John Alati for continuing to represent UNICO in this coalition.


As Manny Alfano often says, these attacks would not be tolerated if they were perpetrated on other ethnicities. They will not be tolerated by UNICO National.


Yours in UNICO,

Tom Vaughan

National President  


UNICO National Press Release 

The following is a Press Release regarding the 2016 central Italy earthquake. UNICO National sent this to hundreds of news organizations. It successfully completed an initiative started by Immediate Past National President Dominick Nicastro. This is a tremendous accomplishment and our thanks go to UNICO Foundation Trustee Nina Held and the members of the St. Louis chapter for coordinating the donation with the hospital in Rieti, Italy. 

UNICO National Donates $50,000. To a hospital in Rieti, Italy that was devastated by the Amitrice earthquake.

UNICO National, the largest Italian American Service Organization in the country, has donated $50,000 its members raised after the August 2016 earthquake near Amitrice in central Italy to the Azienda Sanitaria Locale Rieti Hospital. UNICO National President Tom Vaughan said “This was an effort started last year by Immediate Past National President Dominick Nicastro. I want to thank Dominick and all of our members for their generous donation which will go directly to a local hospital in Rieti.”

UNICO National Foundation President John DiNapoli, who orchestrated the donation, said that “the funds will go exclusively for the purchase of medical equipment and repairs to the hospital facility.”

UNICO National, founded in 1922, has local chapters throughout America. Its' volunteer members support charitable, educational, and community service projects while promoting Italian heritage.