East Haven Kickoff Dinner in Support of the Italian American Heritage Parade

EAST HAVEN — A launch dinner at Silver Sands Beach Club will raise funds for this year’s Italian-American Heritage Parade, officials said.

The party will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 26 at the club’s Beachside restaurant and will include a buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, door prizes and a cash bar, according to a statement.

“On behalf of our entire committee, we cannot express our thanks enough to Silver Sands Beach Club for generously offering to host this kick-off event and the support of the entire community,” the town’s statement said. and Laura Florio Luzzi, chair of the Greater New Haven Italian American Heritage Committee, said.

The May dinner serves as a major fundraiser for the committee, as all proceeds will be used for this year’s parade, at 1 p.m. on October 9.

Since 2003, the parade has been a regional event held in rotation in six communities in the region: East Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Branford, New Haven and North Haven.

The Greater New Haven Italian American Parade Committee remains the organizer of this program and receives annual support from each host community.

The parade route will be announced in the coming weeks, according to the statement.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance from Michelle Benivegna at 475-227-4711, Robert Bonanno at 203-645-4162 or Robert Parente 203-675-1588, or at City Hall.

Volunteers are needed to plan and coordinate the parade. Interested persons should contact the municipality directly.

Groups or organizations wishing to participate in the parade should complete the parade request form, which can be obtained at www.columbusdaynewhaven.org or by emailing Benivegna at [email protected] or by calling Mayor Joseph Carfora’s office at 203-468-3204.

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