UNICO Chapter Plans High School Choral Competition Fundraiser

March 11, 2019

This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Michele McDade about the high school choral competition raising money for local scholarships and charities.

Residence: Scranton

Educational and professional background: Graduate of Marywood University and University of Scranton, where she earned a masters degree; retired after 35 years as an educator with Scranton School District

Title: Chairwoman


Q: What schools are participating in the competition?

A: Currently competing in the competition are Abington Heights, Mid Valley and Valley View high schools.

Q: What is included with admission?

A: An afternoon of quality entertainment featuring local talent from our county high school choral groups. There will also be a basket raffle. We are hoping the community will come out to support this fine, young, local talent and their dedicated choral directors.

Q: Tell us about the Keystone Chapter of UNICO National.

A: The Keystone Chapter of UNICO National is an Italian-American service organization whose motto is “Service above self.” We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and are the second-largest chapter in the nation. We have several fundraisers during the year, such as a bocce tournament; pancake breakfast honoring veterans; purse bingo; a charity pig roast, this year for Dress for Success Lackawanna; and a golf tournament. We also volunteer at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center, St. Joseph’s Center’s annual festival and an area nursing home.

Q: How will proceeds be used?

A: Proceeds from this event will fund our local scholarships and charities. Each year, we offer three scholarships. Two students from area high schools are each awarded $1,000 for their academic standing and service hours. We also give the Brian Piccolo Award for $1,000 to a local high school athlete.

Q: What makes this event unique?

A: As far as I know, this event is unique in that it has never been offered before in our area. We have three monetary awards: first place is $500, second place is $300, and third place is $200. We are fortunate to have three outstanding volunteer judges in the entertainment field from our community. They are Erin Malloy, Lucy Sassi and Tony Nicosia.


If you go

What: High School Choral Competition

When: Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m.

Where: Peoples Security Bank Theatre at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton

Details: Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and are free for children 5 and younger. For tickets, call Toni DiVizio at 570-344-2388.