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September 10, 1997, Giovanni Catalano and Guido Cornacchione gathered their thoughts about creating
an Italian/American Club.
Giovanni Catalano, Guido Cornacchione, Gino Pelligra, Gino Brienza, Bill Basso, Emilio Cornacchione,
Jack Anello, Nicola Mammone,
Marco Beggiato, Domenico Cornacchione, John Petzker, Robert Frattaioli and Steve Chiarappa.
January, 1998, the association name was established. 'The Italian Cultural Association' was created as a
Giovanni Catalano - President, Gino Brienza - Vice-President, Steve Chiarappa - Treasurer, Emillio
Cornacchione - Secretary
Suggested by Marco Beggiato, 'Le Radici' (The Roots) was adopted.
January, 1999, incorporated under 'The Italian Community of Akron' as a charitable organization.
The Italian Community of Akron, Inc. (Ohio), 'Le Radici' was established to serve
the Italian-American community of Akron, surrounding communities and all those
who love Italy. The main objective of our association is to promote educational &
cultural activities introducing to the community the different facets of Italian
culture. We provide charitable fundraising with Italian themes. Le Radici targets
the whole community with no distinction of regional origin or age group. We are a
501 (c)(3) charitable organization and place an emphasis on supporting our
The Italian Community of Akron, Inc., Le Radici
Elected Officers for 2017 - 2018
President: Kay Corsaro
1st Vice President: Guido Cornacchione
2nd Vice President: Mary Josephine (MJ) Parri
Treasurer: Giovanni Catalano
Secretary: Roseanne Henderson
Sergeant-at-Arms: Cody Ricci
Parliamentarian: David Young
Trustees: Sarah DiLullo, Ed Altieri, Davide Romano