Italian American Club of Mahopac

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Welcome and thank you for visiting!

The Italian American Club of Mahopac is dedicated to enriching the lives of all in our community through social and cultural events that reflect our members’ rich Italian heritage.  The club has many first and second generation members of Italian descent that are proud of this heritage.  

We hope you will join us! 

Click here to read a brief history of our club and we hope you are inspired by reading this Poem!

Giulio Cefaloni - President, Italian American Club of Mahopac

IAC Supports PRPH

Every year, the Italian American Club of Mahopac (IAC) picks a charity for which to raise money. In 2019, the IAC chose Putnam Recreation Programs and Habilitation (PRPH), a local organization  dedicated to providing high quality recreational opportunities for children and adults with special needs who reside in Putnam County.

This year the IAC raised $8,400, including $5,000 from club member Nicole Cristofaro whose organization she works with contributed the money anonymously.

During it's September 22 Gala Dinner Dance, the club presented the checks to Jim Sullivan,  Executive Director of PRPH.  

2019 Journal

Thank you to our journal chairperson, Linda Cefaloni, and the entire team for doing such a fantastic job in putting this year's journal together!

We also acknowledge and appreciatively thank our MERCHANTS and  FRIENDS of The Italian American Club of Mahopac who sponsored the ads and support our Columbus Day Festivities. 

Please patronize their businesses and thank them for their community pride and involvement. Grazie!

To view the entire 2019 Journal, please click on the pictured cover page. You can also click on any of the ads to be linked to the merchant's website, if there is one listed on the ad.

Getting to know the 2019 Marshals
and Honorees
Cooking Extravaganza

  It has become a tradition that every year we film an interview with the Grand Marshal and Honorees to get to know them better and to get their views on many topics. It's also a tradition to film a "Cooking Extravaganza" where  the Marshals prepare their favorite dishes, representing their respective Italian region, and share their recipes on camera .

Thank you to Giulio Cefaloni - chairperson and host of the event; Anthony Dicarlo - 2019 Grand Marshal; Michelle Capozzella and Frank Giordano - 2019 Honorary Marshals; Michael Nesheiwat and Kevin Heinzinger  -2019 Special Honorees; Jim Sullivan - Executive Director Putnam Recreation Programs and Habilitation (PRPH) (the IAC 2019 adopted charity); and Linda Cefaloni - 2019 Journal Committee Chairperson. 


                         Marshals' Interview                                                                              Cooking Show 


2019 Scholarship Awards

The Italian American Club of Mahopac awarded three high school seniors, each five hundred dollar scholarships, in recognition of their demonstrated academic achievements, and for their overwhelming contributions to both school community and the greater Putnam County Community.

The recipients were Natalie Scanlon , who will be attending Northeastern University, Nicole Fierro who will be attending Manhattan College, and Christopher Bauco, who will be attending Penn State University.

The President of the Italian American Club, Giulio Cefaloni, and Mr. Anthony DiCarlo, Superintendent of Mahopac Central School District and 2019 Putnam County Columbus Festivities Grand Marshal, congratulated the honorees, and wished them well in their future endeavors. Also in attendance were the late Putnam County Court Judge Hon. Jim Reitz, and Putnam County Commissioner of Health Dr. Michael Nesheiwat, Special Honoree for the 2019 Putnam County Columbus Festivities.

Congratulations to these students on this well-deserved award. We wish them the best in their educational pursuits, hope that they will continue to study the Italian culture and language and encourage them to stay engaged in both their school and communities at large.”

 For additional photos and information on the 2019 Columbus Parade Festivities visit

The Italian American Club of Mahopac is pleased to announce our

2019 Grand Marshal, Honorary Marshals,

Special Honorees, and

Miss & Little Miss Columbus

Anthony DiCarlo

Grand Marshal

Mahopac Schools Superintendent



Frank Giordano

Grand Marshal
Active IAC member

Michele Capozzella

Grand Marshal
Mahopac Library Executive Director

Kevin Heinzinger

Special Honoree

Michael Nesheiwat, MD
Putnam County Health Commissioner

Special Honoree



Marina Magriz

Little Miss Columbus

Gina Cambareri

Miss Columbus

Fred Magriz

Master Columbus

Our 2019 Journal campaign is underway! We have mailed a 2019 Ad form to all merchants and friends that placed ads in our 2018 Journal and we hope they will do the same for 2019. This is a major fundraiser for the club that supports many events, including our annual Columbus Day Parade, and contributions to our adopted Charity, Scholarships, Boy/Girl Scouts and many more. 

To place an Ad, or a congratulatory message, you may download the paper form (CLICK HERE)  or or you may purchase it on line on our WEB STORE (CLICK HERE)

Charity Announcement

Every year, consistent with our mission of being a community focused organization, the Italian American Club of Mahopac adopts a charity and raises funds in support of its mission. Last year, the Club raised  over $8,000 for United For The Troops.  In prior years, we have raised substantial amounts of money for other organizations such as Community CaresMultiple Sclerosis SocietyWounded Warriors Organization, Make a Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Pajamas Program,  Putnam & Northern Westchester Women Resource Center, Drug Crisis in our Backyard.

We are proud to announce for 2019 we have chosen 
 Putnam Recreation Programs and Habilitation (PRPH)

PRPH is a not-for-profit, parent founded, organization dedicated to providing high quality recreational opportunities for children and adults with special needs who reside in Putnam County. It serves a variety of youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

Regular programs include:

     - Adaptive Bowling

     - Dinner Social and Evening Recreation

     - Friday Dance, Swim and Games

     - Saturday Respite Program

     - School Break Vacation Camps

Special Programs include:

     - Family Dinners

     - Theme Dances

     - Holiday Parties

     - Summer Respite Programs

     - Summer Camp Opportunities

PRPH welcomes all individuals who have developmental disabilities. Participants must have either a qualifying diagnosis of mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neurological impairment, autism, or a closely related condition OR have impairment of intellectual functioning (FSIQ < 70) or functional limitations with a substantial handicap. 

For additional information, visit their website

Let us remember our military men and women who will be away from their families during this holiday season. Support UNITED FOR THE TROOPS and help them bring a little comfort to our troops.

2018 Columbus Day Parade & Concert

2018 Putnam's Got Talent Show & Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our 3rd Annual Putnam's Got Talent Competition. First place winner, John Delgado, performed a superb modern HipHop dance. Second place winner, Sydney Leary, sang "Requiem” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen. Third place winners, Hayden DiTomaso and Emiko Dunn, performed a Tap Duo Dance to the song “Two of a Kind”.

This was an exceptional year and the talent showcased by all the contestants was just extraordinary!!! The event, which was a fundraiser benefiting UNITED FOR THE TROOPS, attracted 17 contestants with an audience of over 100 people.

Click on the video to see the performances!

Click on the links below to hear our beautiful National Anthems and sing along with the lyrics!

Star Spangled Banner (The National Anthem)
US Coast Guard Band (Veterans Day Honor)
Oh, say can you see
By the dawns early light
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilights last gleaming?
Who's broad striped and bright stars
Through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watched
Were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare!
The bombs bursting in air!
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there
Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free
And the home of the brave?
National Anthem of Italian Republic
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra & Jan Kucera (National Anthems of Member States of the European Union)
Fratelli d'Italia,
l'Italia s'e' desta,
dell'elmo di Scipio
s'e cinta la testa.
Dov'e la vittoria?
Le porga la chioma,
che schiava di Roma
Iddio la creo'.
Stringiamci a coorte,
siam pronti alla morte.
Siam pronti alla morte,
l'Italia chiamo'.
Stringiamci a coorte,
siam pronti alla morte.
Siam pronti alla morte,
l'Italia chiamo', si'!
Noi fummo da secoli
calpesti, derisi,
perche' non siam popoli,
perche' siam divisi.
Raccolgaci un'unica
bandiera, una speme:
di fonderci insieme
gia' l'ora suono'.

Did you know?

"Il Canto degli Italiani", is the National Anthem of Italy. It is best known among Italians as "Inno di Mameli", after the author of the lyrics, or "Fratelli d'Italia", from its opening line. The words were written in the autumn of 1847 in Genoa by the then 20-year-old student and patriot  Goffredo Mameli. Two months later, they were set to music in Turin by another Geneose, Michele Novaro. The hymn enjoyed widespread popularity throughout the period of the Risorgimento and in the following decades. Nevertheless, after the Italian Unification in 1861, the adopted national anthem was the "Marcia Reale" (Royal March), the official hymn of the House of Savoy composed in 1831 by order of Carlo Alberto di Savoia. After WW2, Italy became a Republic, and on October 12, 1946, "Il Canto degli Italiani" was provisionally chosen as the country's new national anthem. This choice was made official in law only on November 23, 2012.

The Italian American Club of Mahopac is featuring a number of great events in the coming months.  

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