- September 16, 2012
- Event Date:
- September 08, 2012
Where: Hilton Houston Post Oak
When: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Master of Ceremonies: Don Nelson
Honoree(s): Kenneth J. Aspromonte
Gala Chairperson(s): Margaret Greco Bannon
Honorary Chairperson(s): The Honorable Fabrizio Nava and Mrs. Montserra Marquez de Angulo, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aspromonte, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Biggio, Mr. and Mrs. Giorgio Borlenghi, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mandola, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Mandola, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Pulaski, Dr. and Mrs. John Stroehlein, Dr. and Mrs. Terry Simon, Mr. and Mrs. John Viola, Dr. James Willerson, and The Honorable George H. W. Bush
Committee Members: Jerry Baiamonte, Michelle Belcom, Denise Torregrossa Dimiceli, Cinzia Dragoni Holt, Lara Longo Gaines MD, Sandra Celli Harris, Marco Marcelli MD, Julia Mastronianni, Anna Messer, Kimberly Hooper Saragusa, Debbie Aspromonte Simon, Theresa Quartaro Simith, Sandy Timte, Tiziana Ciacciofera Triolo, and Robert Tucci
President(s): Claudia Sims
Event Coordinator: Terri Lee
The Italian Cultural and Community Center 10th Annual Rekindle The Flame Gala and Auction was an outstanding night at the Hilton Houston Post Oak wth hundreds of guests enjoying the evening's great food with friends and family.
The Gala evening kicked off with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, the award presentation, a live auction and dancing to the music of Eclipse, Houston’s ultimate band for variety dance music.
Rekindle the Flame was established to honor the life-long achievements of individuals of Italian descent who exemplify character, leadership, community service and most of all the Italian Sprit. This year, Kenneth Aspromonte will be presented with the Rekindle the Flame award. Mr. Aspromonte is a former Major League baseball player and field manager, and is a current member of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Board of Directors serving as VP of the Southwest Region.
In 1976 the Italian Cultural and Community Center was formed as an umbrella organization. The ICCC coordinated the activities of more than 20 Italian Clubs in the greater Houston area. The ICCC became a non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 status in 1982. In 1988, the ICCC, with the proceeds from its earliest fund-raising efforts, purchased the historic Milford House in the Houston's Museum District and became known as the Italian Cultural and Community Center.