2017 Grand Marshall

Michael Provenzale

Michael Provenzale was Born in 1970 in Toronto Canada to parents Franceso & Giovanna Provenzale, who had first emigrated there in the 1960’s from Altomonde, Calabria. 

From a young age, Michael’s parents instilled in him their Italian traditions of food, family, and service.  At age 4 the Provenzales moved to Mount Vernon, NY and thereafter made their final move to Eastchester in 1982, where they remain residents to this day. 

You may initially recognize Michael, or ‘Mike’ as most call him, as the proprietor of the successful local establishment, Scarsdale Pizza Station, or perhaps from one of his other ventures in surrounding towns, but, Michael has even stronger roots here in our town.

Michael attended Eastchester Middle School and graduated from Eastchester High School.  Since marrying his wife, Kristine, The Provenzales have remained residents of The Town of Eastchester as he and his wife now raise their children here.  Michael & Kristine have 4 children; Sophia, a freshman at Eastchester High School, Frankie, a 7th grader at Eastchester Middle School, and sons Michael and Matteo who attend Greenvale School.  Mike is proud that both his daughter Sophia and his Son Frankie are learning the Italian language in school while Sophia remains an active member of the School’s Italian Club.  The Provenzale family can be seen around town each week and throughout the county cheering on their children as they participate in just about every sport offered locally from cheerleading and football to basketball, baseball, and soccer.

When not working behind the counter, this successful business owner here in The Town of Eastchester donates a nominal amount of his time to our community by supporting local charities and philanthropic events benefiting families in need and athletic organizations.  Michael has been a coach for Eastchester Little League Baseball, Eastchester Blue Devils Football, and Immaculate Heart of Mary CYO Basketball where the Provenzales are also respected parishioners

Michael Provenzale’s love of Italian Culture, his family’s traditions, and love for his town can be seen in his dishes in his restaurants, as well as, through his continued teaching of their importance which he has faithfully handed down to his children.

Michael is honored to have been selected as the Grand Marshall of this year’s Columbus Day Parade.

2017 David R. DiRubba Community Service Award

George Papademetriou

George Papademetriou is the General Manager of Lake Isle Country Club, where he has been employed for over twenty-five years. He has been a proud resident of Eastchester for over forty years and attended Cottle School, Greenvale School, Eastchester Junior High School and then Eastchester High School. George received his degree from Iona College and returns to Iona every season to watch their college basketball games. George is married to his lovely wife, Margaret, and together they have two amazing sons, Johnny and Niko.

At the age of ten, George started volunteering in Town by helping maintain Saggese Field for the Pony Colt Baseball League. He now has the pleasure of watching  and helping coach his son for Eastchester Little League. George is also an active member of his parish, Holy Trinity Church, and has participated in various church affiliated programs such as AHEPA and the men’s basketball league. He enjoys cheering on his son and nephews who play basketball for the same church league that he played in as a child.

George has been the Huntley Civic Association Co-President since 2005 and has helped his neighborhood association become more active during his tenure in this role by planning various social events, spearheading multiple neighborhood improvements and winning a number of beautification awards along the way. For over twenty-four years George has been a member of the Eastchester Auxiliary Police and served as Chief of the Eastchester Auxiliary Police for over ten of those years. While dedicating his time to the Auxiliary Police, George has overseen many town parades, including the Columbus Day Parade, and other events both in town and in the Villages of Tuckahoe & Bronxville providing additional security and always keeping the people in our community safe. 

George's love for The Town of Eastchester, and his dedication to the members of this community, will always be an important aspect of his life.

 

2017 Monsignor Anthony Maltese Humanitarian

Angela Sorgi

If you’re looking for Angela, you should Google, “Where is Angela Sorgi volunteering today?” Dozens of possibilities will appear: Girl Scouts … Relay for Life - 4Ever Rallying 4 Regina … Community Based Services’ Halloween Howl and Spring Fling … Eastchester 5K … Eastchester Alumni Association … Eastchester Historical Society … PTA meeting … book fair … and that’s just the first page (of about 640,000,000 results).

Angela grew up in Yonkers as the oldest daughter of Nancy and Frank Spizzirro.  Her brother, Louis, and sister, Mary Dolce followed closely behind. Angela developed a fondness for Eastchester when she worked her way through college at Bonwit Teller. Her fondness steadily grew when she met a stalwart Eastchester native, Chris Sorgi. They fell in love, got hitched and decided to stay, where they raised two wonderful children, Kristen and Stephen.

Angela’s community service started as her children began kindergarten at Waverly, where she volunteered regularly for the PTA.  She stepped up and took the lead in organizing events and fundraisers, and held many leadership positions on all the PTA boards until Kristen and Stephen both graduated from Eastchester High School. She enjoyed attending and helping where needed at their soccer games, track meets, concerts, band events and parades.

One of Angela’s greatest joys was spending time as a Girl Scout leader. Angela’s troop stayed together all through high school.  She is still involved as a board member on the Tuckahoe/Eastchester Girl Scout Building Committee, which is working to refurbish the local Girl Scout cabin.

After both children graduated from high school, Angela’s dedication to the community did not cease. She joined the board of the Eastchester Alumni Association and can be found recruiting new members, planning events and chairing the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. She is an alumna of Maria Regina High School, but feels a deep connection to Eastchester High School because of her children as well as her mother-in-law, Faye Sorgi, who was a beloved English teacher for over 30 years. 

Angela became a part of Eastchester’s "History Movement" when she was recruited to the board of the Eastchester Historical Society.  She later joined the board of the Eastchester 5K Race Committee.  The groups with which Angela is involved all have a common mission- to make Eastchester thrive.

Angela is a member of a devoted Relay for Life team, 4Ever Rallying for Regina.  For several years, she has worked tirelessly for the American Cancer Society to raise funds and awareness.  As a local committee chair, Angela coordinates the event and helps run the annual Survivor Dinners.

Through her community service on committees, teams and boards she has made lifelong, cherished friends.

 

 

Nonna Columbus

ALBA SOLANO