Updated: Apr 15, 2020
JCCIA's St. Joseph's Table, March 11, 2020 at the Old Neighborhood Italian American Club.
In partnership with the Honorable Patrick Daley Thompson, Alderman of the 11th Ward, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA) hosted a St. Joseph's Table event at the Old Neighborhood Italian American Club on March 11, 2020. A civic and cultural celebration once enjoyed during the Honorable Richard M. Daley’s tenure as Mayor of Chicago. Alderman Thompson spoke of his Uncle, Mayor Daley, and this time honored tradition as well as his own Italian American heritage.
Honorable Patrick Daley Thompson, Alderman of the 11th Ward speaks at the JCCIA's St. Joseph's Table celebration.
Enza Raineri, Chair of the St. Joseph's Table celebration shared:
"The beloved tradition of the St. Joseph table is traditionally celebrated March 19th, and around that date for a period of two weeks or so. Many churches and community centers around Chicago and the United States will have St. Joseph Tables lovingly assembled by members of the Italian American community.
In particular, the Sicilian community from which this tradition was born. And of which I am proud to say I am a member of that history, with my family having immigrated to the United States from Sicily in the mid-1950s.
Today, we bring back this time-honored tradition as the civic, cultural event once enjoyed during the administration of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. It was appropriate to bring this event back to where it was born, in this community. I want to thank Captain D, Peter Scalise of ONAIC and Alderman Patrick Thompson for their tremendous support making this event a reality. A very special thanks to all of our sponsors, you can see them listed here today as you entered. I will be talking more about them later today."
Enza Raineri, Chair of the St. Joseph's Table speaking at the St. Joseph's Table event.
Sponsorship opportunities were available and a donation to charity was made with sponsorship funds, to St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, where the event was held.
We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who made this event possible:
Special thanks to the Honorable Patrick Daley Thompson Albanese Family
Fabulous Freddie’s Italian Eatery
Dominic & Marianna Gambino & Family
Sergio & Lisa Giangrande & Family
Giovanni & Maria Gullo & Family
John Panvino, Trattoria Poretta
Joe & Giuseppe Ristorante
Joseph & Fred Pecoraro, Sicilia Bakery
Honorable Angelo “Skip” Saviano
Village President of Elmwood Park
Rosanne Sorrentino, Sorrentino & Company
Michael Tadin, President, Marina Cartage, Inc.
Tony’s Fresh Market
Thank you to our elected officials/candidates for your sponsorship!
Michael Cashman, ONIAC member
Candidate for MWRD Commissioner
Honorable Michael Cabonargi
Chair, Cook County Board of Review
Candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Punch #148
Honorable Jesse G. Reyes
Appellate Court Justice, First District
Candidate for Illinois Supreme Court
View more photos from the event here.
Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, and guests for a very successful St. Joseph's Table celebration!