Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation to honor Judge Joseph Ferrino of
Winthrop with "Spirit of '76" Award
Dr. Marchi of East Boston and Winthrop “Music
Matters” Founder Also to be Honored at Ceremonies set for this Saturday at
Spinelli’s in East Boston
The Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge will present the
prestigious “Spirit of '76” Award for meritorious service and patriotism to
Judge Joseph V. Ferrino Sr. of Winthrop, who is the founder and driving force
behind the local organization. The Chapter will also present national George
Washington Honor Medals to Dr. Regina Marchi of East Boston and “Music Matters”
founder Kelly Russo of Winthrop during the ceremony.
The awards will be presented at the Bay State Chapter’s 36st Annual Awards
Luncheon this Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 12:30 p.m., in Spinelli’s Banquet
Facility, Day Square in East Boston. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased from
Marisa Di Pietro at (617) 650-3442 or firstname.lastname@example.org or from Dottie
D’Onofrio at email@example.com
National President of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Michael Di Yeso, will
travel from Pennsylvania to present the “Spirit of ‘76” award to Judge Ferrino
during the ceremony. The Judge is the founder of the Bay State Chapter and its
current Executive Director and Treasurer. He is involved in numerous civic and
cultural organizations, including the East Boston Kiwanis Club, the Dante
Alighieri Society and the Italian-American History Month organization.
Dr. Marchi is being honored with the George Washington Honor Medal for her
numerous contributions while serving the community as a mentor, teacher,
journalist and speaker. She has done extensive research on the history of East
Boston, which resulted in the publication in 2015 of her book Legendary Locals
of East Boston. The book traces the history of East Boston back to the 1600s.
Kelly Russo of Winthrop is being honored with the George Washington Honor Medal
for her instrumental work restoring music to the Winthrop Public School
curriculum after it was eliminated during budget cuts. She started the effort as
a 10th-grader, and the program has blossomed into the very successful “Music
Tickets to the Bay State Chapter awards luncheon will include a sit-down,
full-menu offering at Spinelli’s.
Freedoms Foundation honors Americans who go above and beyond in their efforts to
educate their communities about the values of good citizenship. The foundation
has recognized several thousand dedicated individuals and organizations in its
65-year existence. Freedoms Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to
teaching all citizens the principles upon which our nation was founded. The
organization seeks to convey the close link between the rights and the
responsibilities of citizens in a free society.
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