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September 10, 1997, Giovanni Catalano and Guido Cornacchione gathered their thoughts about creating
an Italian/American Club.
Giovanni Catalano, Guido Cornacchione, Gino Pelligra, Gino Brienza, Bill Basso, Emilio Cornacchione,
Jack Anello, Nicola Mammone,
Marco Beggiato, Domenico Cornacchione, John Petzker, Robert Frattaioli and Steve Chiarappa.
January, 1998, the association name was established. 'The Italian Cultural Association' was created as a
Giovanni Catalano - President, Gino Brienza - Vice-President, Steve Chiarappa - Treasurer, Emillio
Cornacchione - Secretary
Suggested by Marco Beggiato, 'Le Radici' (The Roots) was adopted.
January, 1999, incorporated under 'The Italian Community of Akron' as a charitable organization.
The Italian Community of Akron, Inc. (Ohio), 'Le Radici' was established to serve the Italian-
American community of Akron, surrounding communities and all those who love Italy. The main
objective of our association is to promote educational & cultural activities introducing to the
community the different facets of Italian culture. We provide charitable fundraising with
Italian themes. Le Radici targets the whole community with no distinction of regional origin or
age group. We are a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization and place an emphasis on supporting our
The Italian Community of Akron, Inc., Le Radici
Elected Officers for 2022 - 2023
President: Giovanni Catalano
1st Vice President: Patrick DiLullo
2nd Vice President:
Treasurer: Richard Cruickshank
Secretary: Roseanne Henderson
Sergeant-at-Arms: Patrick DiLullo
Parliamentarian: David Young
Trustees: Sarah DiLullo, Debbie Miller, John Petzker