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The 39th Annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Honorees

The 39th Annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Honorees
Italian-American Man of the Year: Senator Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.
Italian-American Woman of the Year: Raffaella "Folly" (Romano) Basile
Honorary Italian Man of the Year: Coach Mike Carey
Honorary Italian Woman of the Year: Lotus Averil MacDowell
Excellence in Education Award Recipients: Ethel Maria Devono Shorr, Dr. Frank D Devono, Gabriel J. Devono, Jr.
Samuel F. & Lucia D'Annunzio Mother of the Year: Catherine Joan Tiano Mancina


Past Honorees


Each year the Festival pays special tribute to outstanding Americans by making public awards and recognitions. Recipients of these awards have included the following individuals.

Italian-American Men of the Year


1980 Nicholas T. Camicia
1981 Dr. Jay Arena
1982 Leo Vecellio
1983 Capt. Tom Paul Scott, USN
1984 Dr. K. Alvin Merendino
1985 Robert DeProspero
1986 Lt. Gen. Leonard H. Perroots
1987 Michael C. Paterno
1988 Joseph Antonini
1989 Rear Admiral Thomas Lopez
1990 Larry Ciccarelli
1991 Brig. Gen. Tom Mancinelli
1992 Dr. Thomas Mazzocco
1993 Angelo S. Petitto
1994 Augustine A. Mazzei, Jr.
1995 Joseph L. Tropea
1996 Frank A. Oliverio
1997 Larry Argiro
1998 Joseph F. Fuscaldo
1999 Andrew J. Paterno
2000 Lucius Cavallero
2001 Victor Basile
2002 Father Hilarion Cann
2003 A. James Manchin
2004 Russell Bonasso & Samuel Bonasso
2005 Carmine J. Cann
2006 Joseph M. Minard
2007 Leonard J. "Joe" Trupo & Louis J. "Zeke" Trupo
2008 Michael A. Oliverio
2009 Governor Joe Manchin III
2010 Donald J. Adams & Robert Adams
2011 Mike Ross
2012 Frank Gabor
2013 Joe Retton
2014 Anthony Bellotte
2015 Major General James A. Hoyer
2016 John "Sheriff" Tiano

Honorary Italian Men of the Year


1979 Senator Jennings Randolph,
John D. Rockefeller, IV 1980 James Compton
1981 Odus Kincaid
1982 Msgr. Benjamin Farrell
1983 Frank Maxwell
1984 Gov. John D. Rockefeller
1985 Gov. Arch A. Moore, Jr.
1986 US Senator Robert Byrd
1987 John Williams
1988 Jon A. McBride
1989 Gov. Gaston Caperton
1990 Msgr. John O'Reilly
1991 Thomas C. Burns
1992 Sam Huff
1993 Milan Puskar
1994 Judge Callie I. Tsapis
1995 Robert L. Reynolds
1996 Father Charles McCallister
1997 Governor Cecil H. Underwood
1998 Ed Pastilong
1999 Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt
2000 Leland Byrd
2001 Daniel McCarthy, Circuit Judge (Ret.)
2002 Governor Bob Wise
2003 I.L. "Ike" Morris
2004 Alan Mollohan
2005 Dr. Kelley Nelson
2006 James. C. Hunt
2007 Harry Green, Jr.
2008 Dr. Julian Bailes
2009 Mr. Michael Belmear
2010 Don Hamilton
2011 Jim Justice
2012 Tommy Thomas
2013 John Ebert
2014 Dr. Joseph Momen
2015 Robert Greer
2016 Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Italian-American Women of the Year


1984 Ann DeNardi & Mary Ann Angotti
1985 Lucille Ellis & Florence Lombardi Merow
1986 Ann Christafore Zippili & Judy Prozillo Byers
1987 Dr. Regina Barberia & Nicki Epstein
1988 Princine Nordica Tighe
1989 Denise Giardiana
1990 Rosalie Gaziano
1991 Jean Battlo
1992 Dr. Linda DiGiustino Sabak
1993 Lydia Deboni Main
1994 Sister Anne Francis Bartus
1995 Lois Ellis Wolfe
1996 Tina Romito Mascaro
1997 Edna Antoinette Falbo
1998 Donna Marlene
1999 Dr. Theresa Amato Edwards
2000 Patricia P. O'Reilley
2001 Sister Sandra Peraldo
2002 Marie Prezioso
2003 Rosalyn Queen Alonso
2004 Michelle A. Plutro
2005 Leyna Gabriele
2006 Carolyn Peluso Atkins
2007 Joyce DeWitt
2008 Rose Romona Rodrigues Davis
2009 Dr. Paula Romano Potter
2010 Natalie Tennant
2011 Dr. Renee Saggio Moore
2012 Dr. Clara Spatafore
2013 Sharon Flanery
2014 Angela Bellotte
2015 Dr. Joy Faini Saab
2016 Mayor Catherine Goings

Honorary Italian Women of the Year


1984 Sally Giese
1985 Dr. Nell Bailey
1986 Kelly L. George
1987 Barbara Warner
1988 Hazel Ruby McQuain
1989 Justice Margaret Workman
1990 Meredith Sue Willis
1991 Phyllis Curtin
1992 Dr. Ruth Jackson
1993 Judge Janice Warder
1994 Judge Callie Tsapis
1995 Laura Milan
1996 Maria "Zeny" Cunanan
1997 Betty Puskar
1998 Jeanny Kalaycioglu
1999 Hovah Hall Underwood
2000 John Ohl
2001 Shelly Moore Capito
2002 Sister Mary Rebecca Fiddler
2003 Merle Moore
2004 Judge Irene Keeley
2005 Helen Jones
2006 Dr. Pamela Sumpter-Cain
2007 Mary Lou Jones
2008 Kathryn Titus
2009 First Lady Gayle Manchin
2010 Dr. Carroll Kelly Morrison
2011 Lisa Furbee Ford
2012 Jane White Gabor
2013 Margaret Bailey
2014 Sarah Carr Parsons
2015 Dr. Doreen M. Larson, Ph.D
2016 Nicole Folio

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