HAZLETON: The Hazleton UNICO Club and the Maurice C. Raymond Knights of Columbus are hosting the annual Columbus Day Dinner at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5 at Capriotti's in McAdoo. Tickets are available by contacting Dan DiMelfi at 455-2728; Mike DeCosmo at 450-7039; or Tony Persico at 454-3789.
The highlight of the evening will be recognition of Joe Cerullo as the outstanding Italian American of 2012.
Cerullo is a lifelong Hazleton area resident, who currently resides in Sugarloaf. He graduated from Hazleton Senior High School in 1965 and then worked for PPL. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS Enterprise and spent a tour of duty on the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam. He then became a submariner, serving on several different submarines until his honorable discharge in 1970. After returning from military service he married Gloria Ann Ingar.
Cerullo attended Lackawanna Junior College and earned an associate's degree in business. In 1971 he started his work life with International Microfilmers. In 1978, he and three other people co-founded Micrographics International. After significant growth, plus mergers and acquisitions, he was offered a buyout in 2003 that would allow him to retire.
Cerullo has demonstrated his dedication to the community by serving in several service clubs and community organizations over the years.
For more information on Hazleton UNICO, contact Daniel DeMelfi at 455-2728, or any other club member.