The Italian Festival of The Healing Saints Cosmas and Damian


The Annual Banquet

The Society of Saints Cosmas & Damian hosts its annual banquet each autumn. Over the years, the banquet has grown in size as it has become an ever more popular event among the local Italian/American community, dignitaries, businesses, and supporters of our organization.

The event is organized by the DiDomenico family, one of the more prominent families in our society, and all proceeds benefit the organization and the charities we support. Entertainers such as Anna Marie Alberghetti, Lou Carry, Mario Tacca, Mary Mancini, Christina Fontanelli,
"The Capris", "Joey Dee and the Starliters", and Enzo Amara,
have entertained the banquet crowd over the years. The evening is filled with glamour and surprise as a full course, "Italian Style", meal is served to all guests, and Italian/American dance music fills the air with nostalgia and charm. Traditionally, the Society members donate several gift baskets for a stupendous gift/raffle table.

The hallmark of the evening, is the presentation of the Society's, "Man and Woman of the Year Awards". These annual awards of honor are given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Society, or to the Italian/American community. These awards have been presented to such individuals since 1987. 

On occasion, the Society has also presented,  "President's Award" and "Family of the Year Award", to notable individuals and families in recognition of their efforts toward the organization. 


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Frank and Jean Privitera present the Society with a donation, banquet, 2001 Richard and Maddy Leccese with their famous banquet baskets, 2000 Cardinal Bernard Law at the banquet
Woman of the Year, Gianinna Granata, and Man of the Year, Anthony Leccese, banquet, 2000 Dean Saluti and WGBH's Maryann Esposito, 1997 Man and Woman of the Year Lou "Bacala" Carey at the banquet, with the DiDomenicos and Priviteras, 1991


Recipients of the Man and Woman of the Year Award


Of The Year

Of The Year

1987 Maria Colaruotolo and 
Anna Amendola
Founders of our Society
 Cardinal Law
Bishop, Archdiocese of Boston
1988 Marie DiDomenico
Feast Chairwoman of our Society
Mayor Alfred Vellucci
Mayor of Cambridge, MA
1989 Anna Macera
Founder of our Society
Charles "Sonny" DeFrancesco
Society Friend
1990 Ozvalda "Ozzie"
Financial Secretary of our Society
Alexander Buonaugurio
1991 Yolanda Cellucci
"First Lady of Fashion"
Roberto Falaschi
Italian Counsul General, Boston,MA
1992 Maria Valente
President of our Society
Salvatore "Sonny" Reale
1993 Norma Buonomo
Mike Nicoloro
Society Friend
1994 Anna Foti
Society Friend
Richard Leccese
Advisor of our Society
1995 Antonietta Borriello
Vice President of our Society
Fr. Anthony Spinosa
Society Friend
1996 Pamela Donnaruma
Editor of Boston's  Post Gazette
Fred Salvucci
Society Friend
1997 Mary Ann Esposito
WGBH TV, Italian Chef
Major General 
Dr. Dean Saluti
Society Friend
1998 Christina Nardella
Peter Ingeneri
President Pyrindello Lyceum
1999 Margie Cahn Saluti
Society Friend
Piero DeMasi
Italian Counsul General, Boston,MA
2000 Gianinna Granata
Trustee of our Society
Anthony Leccese
Recording Secretary of our Society
2001 Jean Privitera
Society Benefactor
Frank Privitera
Society Benefactor
2002 Tricia DiDomenico
Sal DiDomenico Jr.
2003 Mary (Dee Dee) Albano
Society Friend
Roland Farinato
2004 Madelena Leccese
Louie Rietano
2005 Sandra Albano and Maryellen Carvello
Dear Society Friends
Richard Rossi
Asst. City Mgr and 
Society Friend
2006 Jenny Carvello
Joe Curtatone
Mayor of Somerville,Ma and Society Friend
2007 Dorothy Maio
Society  Friend
Stephen Maio
Society Friend
2008 Sal DiDomenico Sr. Member Anna Granata


Recipients of the President's Award

1991 Frank and Jean
Society Benefactors
2000 Mary Aufiero
Society Friend
2002 State Rep. TimToomey
Society Friend
2002 David Clem of
Lyme Properties

Society Benefactor
2004 Rosa Uttaro
2006 Lino Rullo
Society Friend
2007 Anna Maria McLain


Recipients of the "Family of the Year" Award


The Leccese Family of Somerville, MA
Society members and friends
2008 The Louie Rietano Family
Society members and friends


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