CIBPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CLIMBING ANOTHER MOUNTAIN TOP! (with Nonno Carlo watching over!!) 👍 🇨🇦🇮🇹 On May 24 I was appointed to the Board of Directors of the CIBPA of Toronto by the association's Ladies' Auxiliary. To say I'm honoured is a COMPLETE UNDERSTATEMENT.. LOL. Not only am I proud to represent the Auxiliary of which I've been a member for 5 years, but I'm also humbled to be an official board member of such an esteemed and enduring organization which has worked tirelessly for the last 65 years to assist and mentor Italian Canadian professionals while strengthening the image of the Italian community across our nation. And taking into consideration the extraordinary contributions made by Italian Canadians, there's no question the C.I.B.P. A has done an outstanding job!! This photo taken with Ladies' Auxiliary founder, Jackie Rosati at the 63rd annual President's Ball may have been a foreshadow of things to come 😉 Thank you Jackie, Cettina Consales Anna Scavuzzo and Marisa De Luca... I hope to serve you, the entire C.I.B.P.A and our communuty well. Congratulations to all the newly-elected board members.. I look forward to working with you all !
CHIN TV APPEARANCE FOR MAC HEALTH
COMMUNITY 'GREATS' LIVE ON CHIN TV!! 📺🎥 A humbling experience yesterday as I appeared live on CHIN Television alongside some of the greatest pillars of the Italian Canadian community such as Carlo Baldassarra (Greenpark Group of Companies), Sam Ciccolini (Masters Insurance) and others. It was incredibly fun when my friend, comedian Sandra Carusi, walked through the doors unexpectedly for a segment.. what a laugh!! (Thx for slow dance to Tozzi's 'Ti Amo'... only you, Cruzzzzer! 😆) Thank you to Grace and Lenny Lombardi of CHIN for giving me the opportunity to promote the Mackenzie Health Foundation's 'Ride for Health' charity cycle. A huge hug to my brother-from-another-mamma, Fabio Gesufatto for accompanying me to the show.. you rock, Fab!!!!
INSPIRING WOMEN GARDEN PARTY
GARDEN PARTY FOR INSPIRING WOMEN 🌺🌻🌹 No better way to spend an evening than with some of the hardest working women of our community. Thank you to Mackenzie Health Foundation for organizing a garden party for all of us to enjoy while supporting the 250-million "Exceptional Care Belongs Here" Campaign. Special thanks to our gracious hostess, Milena Calabro and to Luci Anderson, Debora Kelly, Elisa Minaudo Decarolis, Daniel Salvatore and the rest of the team at Mac Health who go above and beyond to ensure first-rate healthcare in York Region. And thank you for the amazing basket I won!! It took three people to carry to the car.
CIBPA 'HIGH TEA' AT THE OLD MILL
Always great to see these outstanding ladies, especially when it involves the age-old tradition of 'high tea' at the breathtaking and historic, Old Mill Toronto !!! Held by the C.I.B.P.A Ladies' Auxiliary, this year marks a milestone as the organization celebrates 65 years of community service. Founded by 93 year-old Jackie Rosati (sitting, centre) in order to assist post-WWII Italians migrating to Toronto, today the auxiliary prides itself on raising funds for various charities and community groups. Jackie, who is one of my heroes, including these exceptional ladies have taught me the importance of giving back...with the understanding that no one individual can be left behind. Now entering my fifth year I am incredibly proud to be a member of this organization.
CIBPA 'ESPRESSO CUP' GOLF TOURNAMENT
PRACTICING MY SWING AT THE 'ESPRESSO CUP' ☕🏌An action-packed and super fun day as I got on the course at the annual CIBPA Espresso Cup Golf Tournament. Although I was butt of many a joke (swing in need of improvement...blonde jokes not appreciated..thx) I managed to get through unscathed. Day consisted of oysters from San Antonio Fish Market, hats courtesy of sponsor He ro Certified Burgers, wine in celebration of Piera Segreto's 29th birthday, holding onto my seat while fellow board member John Amendola drove cart...and gold naturally!
'HEROES IN BLACK' WALK AT THE
HEROES IN RED! ❤️❤️❤️ Big hand to the C.I,B.P.A. Ladies' Auxiliary who held the "STEP IT UP" 5km walk benefiting Heroes In Black. Kicking off at the historic Old Mill Toronto, Heroes in Black assists homeless and at-risk youth across Canada by helping them recognize their dreams ultimately rebuild their lives. It was a pleasure to meet founder, Matte Black who has dedicated his life to this cause. Special thank you to "Nurse Jackie" Rosati who was on standby in case we needed medical assistance 😀 And a huge congrats to organizers and my fellow "Ladies", Licia Lettieri and Linda De Genova who did such an incredible job executing this day..it is no easy task. CIBPA of Toronto #ItalianCanadians
MACKENZIE HEALTH FOUNDATION'S 'RIDE FOR HEALTH'
OVER $200,000 RAISED FOR MACKENZIE HEALTH!!! ❤🚴👏 As a member of the SpinKicks Team, I thank all those who donated to my charity ride supporting the Mackenzie Health Foundation. This has been an experience I'll NEVER forget!! Congrats to event co-chairs, Mark Roccatani and Domenic Gurreri as well as top fundraisers Mike Primucci and Team Pizza Nova. Bravo to all!! 👏😊 Great to see so many familiar faces and amazing to meet new people (yes, Mrs. Tank, we definitely need to create our own 'Team Revettes' LOL �) Looking forward to next year.
McHAPPY DAY FOR RONALD McDONALD HOUSE
SUPPORTING RONALD McDONALD HOUSE! 🍟🍔 What an incredible McHappy Day spent at Hwy 7 & 27. This is my fifth year and couldn't imagine not being here on this day. One dollar from every Big Mac, Happy Meal and McCafe beverage went to Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto which assists families and children dealing with medical adversities . Families living outside of the GTA are not only given accommodations while their kids are cared by at nearby hospitals, but they're also given emotional support and counselling by trained professionals. Thank goodness for this incredible charity!! Big props to McDonald's franchisee, Larry Garber, including Donna, Gwen and the entire staff for showing myself, Tony Monaco all the other Z103.5 jocks and our City of Vaughan councillors the ropes!! It's not as easy at it looks!!!
STRIDES FOR STROKES
JUMPING PUDDLES FOR 'STRIDES FOR STROKE' ☔🌨! An incredible day participating in the12th Annual 5km walk/run supporting Richview Manor and Mackenzie Health. 1200 wet participants managed to to exceed the collective goal raising over $230,000!!!!! Thank you to sponsors Little Morello Vettese Segreto Llp who asked me to join their team...an honour to participate alongside this group which raised $13,000 - the third largest amount after the ScotiaBank and RBC Royal Bank Teams. Congrats to Mario Masellis who raised the most funds by an individual and big props of course to event co-chairs, John Vettese and Patrick Ciccolini.
META FOUNDATION MARTINI NIGHT
RAISING FUNDS FOR META CENTRE 🍸🍷❤️ Thank you to the Meta Foundation for the special invitation to their 6th Annual "Ladies Martini Night" supporting the new Meta Centre and those with special needs. Honouring its late and most loyal patron, all proceeds raised at this sold-out event will go toward the 12000 square-foot development of the Jimmy DeSzen Centre of Abilities which will be located on the grounds of the Veneto Centre in Vaughan. Congratulations to Meta Chair, Rita Ristucci and Co-Chair, Lee Simone on a super successful evening...and great to see so many familiar faces and to meet new ladies too!!
JOEY CONTE FOUNDATION GALA
AN EVE HONOURING THE LIFE OF JOEY CONTE A great night for the Joey Conte Foundation which raises funds benefitting the Burns & Plastics Unit of As Master of Ceremonies for the last 3 years I've seen this gala grow leaps and bounds with this year's attendance exceeding 800 at Vaughan's Universal EventSpace - byPeterandPauls.com. Passing away unexpectedly at age 24, Joey was a firefighter in-training so it was incredibly special having Vaughan Fire Rescue Service and Chief Larry Bentley in the house...thank you to Deputy Fire Chief Deryn Rizzi who made this happen!! Always an honour having the head of SickKids burns unit department, Dr. Joel Fish and many congratulations to the JCF committee on another incredibly and successful event!!!!
Congrats to 12 year old, Isabella Nudo who hosted her very first fundraising dinner Now that's what I call a future leader and role model ...and I'm thrilled to have been her first emcee!! 👏👏 Isabella has Type 1 Diabetes and four years ago founded Isabella's Angels alongside her parents, Vicki and Sandro. In addition, she's become an ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and participates in the annual Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes. Keep up the great work, kiddo! You are an inspiration. So great to meet WWE superstar Santino Marella and to see outstanding violinist, Grenville Pinto perform once again. Special thank you to Ray Bernardo for asking me to participate.
RETRO BOOGIE NIGHTBOOGIE WONDERLAND!! ♬🎹🎸🎶 So much fun to dress up in retro garb and dance the night away at the 8th Annual Retro Boogie Night benefiting Neurofibromatosis research at SickKids and Toronto General hospitals. It was an electrifying eve emceed by Tony Monaco with a stellar performance by one of my favourite artists, Joey De Simone. Congratulations to event founders and hosts Ivana Di Norcia-Virgilio and husband Angelo for raising funds and awareness to this disorder