Pannese celebrates charity, family at Italian Heritage Night

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The togetherness and brotherhood that have been the Pannese Society’s trademarks for years recently surfaced when the proud nonprofit’s Women’s Auxiliary held its annual Italian Heritage Night inside the Santa Maria Di Prata Society in Cranston.

At the forefront of the dinner and dancing event – which featured music by Mike DiNardi’s famed Gemini group – was Eleanor Spremulli, who told the audience: “It is more rewarding to give then to receive; as a charitable organization, we have been able to help others and those in need through the years.”

Eleanor Spremulli and her husband, Pannese Society president Joseph Spremulli, have enjoyed countless years of their lives giving back to their proud heritage – whether it’s putting food baskets together at Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays or privately providing for people in need.

“As a society we celebrate our charitable donations and Italian heritage night,” Eleanor Spremulli said. “It would not be possible for us to be here today without the cooperation, friendship, encouragement and generosity of everyone through the years. After socializing and meeting so many people, this organization has become a family.”

She then offered words of praise while thanking other Pannesse Women’s Auxiliary members Judith Tullie, Michele DiTraglia, Patricia Grasso, Rita Generali, Ashley Rossi and Leslie Perrini, who comprise the committee

Monsignor Carlo Montecalvo delivered a beautiful invocation, and the night also included longtime supporters the Rev. Peter J. Gower of Our Lady of Grace Church and the Rev. Joseph Pagano from St. Bartholomew’s.

In closing, Eleanor Spremulli said: “It’s a pleasure to remember our Pannese heritage. Thank you for joining us today as we enjoyed our prayers and thanks of our accomplishments over the years. As president for 35 years, I thank God for giving me the strength to continue.” 

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