Italian American Police Society of New Jersey

2012 Pasta Night Success

I would like to thank all of the members and friends that helped make the 8th Annual Italian American Police Society of NJ’s Homemade Pasta Night for Special Olympics a huge success! A sell out crowd of members and supporters enjoyed an evening of food, comedy and a tricky tray auction. Our organization was able to raise more than $15,000 for Special Olympics Athletes. There were dozens of volunteers that helped make the evening a success. I would like to thank the below people that spent hours cooking, chopping fruit and vegetables, slicing cold cuts and many other tasks. Some of the people were there working all day and during and after the event and for that we deeply appreciate their help. Below is a list of those who helped Committee Chairmen Jerry Onnembo, Joseph Rutigliano and Bob Belfiore.

  • Alan Sierchio who made the Gravy with assistance of Nick Incanella.
  • Ron Sepe who baked the sausage and meatballs
  • John Lazzara who sliced all the meat for the antipasto
  • Marilyn & Daniel Schievella who supervised and rolled meatballs all day

The kitchen crew who worked hard to roll meatballs, chop and prepare food, serve drinks and clean; Vinnie Nardone, Rich Giordano, Al Imperiale, Dominick Imperiale, Joe Simonetti, John Sartori, John Sisto, Chris Dottino, Pete Esemplare, John Marcelli, Jack Dempsey, Anthony Magnotta & Suzanne, JoAnn Lazzara, Laura Schievella, Julie Zippo & her five friends, Michael Chiarella, Joe Puso, Mike Puzio and his son Tyler, Dan Solitti, Matt Stambuli, Sebbie Damato, Gary Cantagallo & Candice, Kevin Piscatelli and the Morris County Prosecutors Office’s Career Development Workshop Graduates (Scott, Matthew, Anthony, Dan, and Taylor) that helped unload trucks and make meatballs.

Many thanks to Elaine Rutigliano for her help at the door, DJ Sal for volunteering his evening and Chrisie Belfiore for the delicious spice cakes.

Special thanks to Diane Onnembo and her cousin Nadine for running the Tricky Tray Auction

Special Thanks for the Generous Sponsors for donating food and wine.

  • Make Wine with Us,  Wallington
  • Shop Rites of Lyndhurst & Parsippany
  • Tribeca  Ovens Bakery
  • Star Ravioli
  • T & J Auto, Wood Ridge
  • Appetito Provisions
  • Fratelli Beretta

All of the unused food was graciously donated to the Samaritan Homeless Shelter in Somerville.

Lastly thanks to Mrs Louann Agosta for donating back the $900 raffle prize to Special Olympics. Mrs Agosta is the mother of Michael and Phillip Agosta of Woodbridge PD.


William Schievella
The Italian American Police Society of New Jersey