Written by Margaret Whitely: email@example.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
Father Forno is the national/state chaplain of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA); Chris Macchio is a professional singer and performer and Michael McBride is the director of the New Hyde Park Funeral Home.
Father Forno is a member of the Gabriele D’Annuzio Lodge No. 321 of Schenectady and is presently pastor of the Church of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph in Rotterdam. He is also a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher and a most admired priest.
Christopher Macchio has performed at many Italian-American functions and has studied at the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory and has been named the official tenor of UNICO, a national Italian American organization.
Mucchio is a native of Long Island and has performed at Feinstein’s of New York City Regency Hotel.
Michael McBride is also a retired detective of the New York City Police Department. He is a member of Cellini Lodge No. 2206 and has a long career of community involvement and leadership and is a member of the New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. He has achieved wide respect and admiration because of his creation of the Katie McBride Foundation and Katie’s Walk, in honor of his 11-year-old daughter who died of a rare cancer. Katie’s Walk has raised thousands of dollars for youngsters afflicted with cancer.
Recently re-installed president of the Cellini Lodger, Luigi Squillante praised the lodge for its efforts to make New Hyde Park and the surrounding community a better place to live. Squillante said, “We at Cellini are very proud of all our members, but in this case we extend special congratulations to this year’s honorees Father Forno, Chris Macchio and Mike McBride.”
Since the founding of Cellini Lodge, in 1968, the lodge has provided close to 370 scholarships with more than $300,000 collectively awarded, owing to the generosity of Cellini members: namely, the Anthony Musso family and Anna Mulea in honor of her late husband. In 2011 the Tedone foundation once again sponsored two scholarships. In addition, senior level students at New Hyde Park Memorial, Herricks, Sewanhaka, Floral Park Memorial, Garden City and Great Neck South High Schools all benefit from a variety of Cellini recognition awards annually.
Joseph Sciame, of New Hyde Park, and a founding member of the Cellini Lodge and a former president of Cellini and an OSIA national and state past president commented, “We are all very proud of the Cellini Lodge. First it is our home lodge; second with 396 members in 2012 it is one of the largest lodges of the OSIA in New York State and third, it is a model lodge due to its organization and many activities within the community of New Hyde Park.
“Cellini Lodge attracts members from other communities because of its very involvement in the fabric of our society by promoting education, culture and charitable giving and that is why we are all so proud of this lodge.”