Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, recently held its annual Welcome Back luncheon at Benvenuto’s in Boynton Beach, Florida. Greeted with a welcome cocktail, members and guests found their seats at the uniquely-decorated tables. The centerpieces, topped by Italian and American flags were bags of pasta, for each to take home, donated by Colavita USA.
President Paul Finizio thanked the chair of the event, Gloria Ciongoli, who led the attendants in a prayer and a chorus of God Bless America. Benvenuto provided a four-course lunch served with wine. Gino De Marco played familiar Italian music, while diners enjoyed the camaraderie and the festive mood.
A highlight of the afternoon was Professor Myriam Ruthenberg and Ilaria Serra introducing the group of Florida Atlantic University students who came to thank Il Circolo for its support of their summer study program. Members and guests were gratified because our youth is the hope of preservation and perpetuation of the Italian culture. A renewed, strong energy was felt at this event, an indication that ensuing events, when season is in full-swing, will only be more inspiring and enjoyable. Please visit ilcircoloflorida.org for Il Circolo’s 2017-2018 calendar. All are welcome.