Members CIC Christmas Party 2017

Re-elected president, Bruno Tassone’s surprise announcement of an incredibly generous gift from Ramon and Irma Benedetti not only created a spontaneous ovation at the ICC’s La Trattoria-Italian Cultural Centre last Saturday night December 2nd 2017 but signaled the single best Christmas present ever received by the Club. The entire $10,000 will be added to the Confratellanza’s Scholarship Fund which has provided scholarships to locally deserving Italian-Canadian scholastic achievers since its introduction by former Confratellanza Italo-Canadese President Lino Bragagnolo in 1999.
Among the special guests was a phalanx of Benedettis representative of the four-generation family of this year’s Italian-Canadian of the Year Award and a number of close friends including the Hon. Dolores Holmes. The highlight for the children was the appearance of Santa Clause, aka Marco Zanatta, and his helpers who doled out scores of gifts to the excited but well-behaved children.
The Confratellanza Italo-Canadese, with its roots deep in the history of Vancouver’s original Italian societies, is Vancouver’s oldest fraternal organization.
Presently, it is enjoying a resurgence of interest by young Italian Canadians which in itself bodes well for the next generation of members. (Ray Culos)

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