Watsonville Lodge No. 2016 Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America celebrated its 70th anniversary on November 18 with a dinner at Watsonville Woman’s Club.
The lodge was established in Watsonville on Nov. 18, 1951, according to a statement from the organization. James Spinetti was the first president of the lodge. To date, the lodge has been headed by 17 presidents.
The current president is Janey Malatesta Leonardich.
Since 1970, the lodge’s main fundraising event for scholarships and various charities has been the annual chicken barbecue and raffle, which takes place at the JJ Crosetti Ranch and currently at the Corralitos Padres in Watsonville. The event offers entertainment and raffle prizes, making it a well-known event all over the Central Coast.
Osher selects stars
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Santa Cruz has finalized the selection of 30
students who will each receive $ 1,500.
Students are all members of UCSC’s Services for Transferred and Reinstated Students program.
whose studies were interrupted and who are returning to university.
When these students return to college, many fear they will fail their hopes and dreams again. Lifelong learners, recognizing their potential through these scholarships, boost their confidence and potential for success.
Lawyer Will Constantine received the 2021 Jan Beautz Award from the County Mobile and Manufactured Home Commission on November 18 for his work on behalf of mobile home residents in Santa Cruz and statewide.
The annual award is named after former supervisor Jan Beautz, who championed living in affordable mobile homes when she served District 1.
The award was presented to Constantine by last year’s recipient Jerry Bowles of Brookvale Terrace.
Bay Fed adds to board and committee
Bay Federal Credit Union has announced additions to its all-volunteer board and oversight committee. Three new associate directors have joined the Bay Federal board of directors and three new associate members have joined the Bay Federal oversight committee.
Additions to the board of directors include: Keisha Browder, CEO of United Way of Santa Cruz County;
Brett Karleen, director of football operations for the San Jose earthquakes;
ileana Ortega Brunetti, director of development and community outreach for Santa Cruz Community Ventures.
Additions to the committee include: Guillermo Cervantes, President, Mpresa Capital Partners Inc .; Shawfeng Dong, scientific informatics consultant for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory;
Alex Wright, Senior Director of Technical Accounting and Reporting, Silicon Valley Start-Up.
California Giant Berry Farms has announced the distribution of $ 48,000 to 12 nonprofits in the greater Pajaro Valley area through its philanthropic initiative, The California Giant Foundation.
The $ 48,000 raised was distributed to local nonprofits just in time for the holiday season, including: CASA of Santa Cruz, Chamberlain’s Youth Services, DigitalNEST, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services, Kinship Center, Monarch Services, Partnership for Children, Pajaro Valley Bread and Fish, Pajaro Valley Shelter Services, Watsonville Salvation Army, Santa Cruz County Toys for Tots and Teen Kitchen Project.
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