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UCCA’s Annual Holiday Champagne Brunch


The United Community Civic Association Annual Holiday Champagne Brunch held on Sunday, December 3. The United Community Civic Association Annual Holiday Champagne Brunch held on Sunday, December 3. The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its Annual Holiday Champagne Brunch on Sunday, December 3 at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel. Several hundred supporters enjoyed the festivities and honored the community group’s 25-year history. President Rose Marie Poveromo beamed in delight at the turnout and thanked all those who helped make UCCA an essential part of the community.

The 2017 honorees included:
Guardians of the Environment Award:
– NYS Senator Michael Gianaris (12th Senatorial
District)
– NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides (22nd
Council District)
Business Persons of the Year Awards:
– Peter Voyiatzis, Owner, Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Co.
– John Rocchio, Owner, Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Co.
Valerie Fisher Community Service Award:
– Joseph DiPietro, President, Federation of Italian-
American Organizations of Queens


Assembly Member Michael DenDekker, Mount Sinai Queens Vice President and Chief Operating Officer brunch Chair Judy Trilivas, RN, MA, Public Advocate Letitia James, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides and his son, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Assembly Member and Aravella Simotas. Assembly Member Michael DenDekker, Mount Sinai Queens Vice President and Chief Operating Officer brunch Chair Judy Trilivas, RN, MA, Public Advocate Letitia James, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides and his son, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Assembly Member and Aravella Simotas. The event was opened by brunch Chair Judy Trilivas, RN, MA, Mount Sinai Queens Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, who welcomed everyone. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Assembly Member Aravella Simotas; the Installation of the UCCA Board Members and Officers was led by Senator Gianaris and Assembly Member Simotas.

The three new members sworn in were Lisa Benussi, Nicole Aloise, and Chris Villari.


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DiPietro, President, Federation of Italian- American Organizations of Queens. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DiPietro, President, Federation of Italian- American Organizations of Queens. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Assembly Member Michael DenDekker were also on hand.

Poveromo congratulated all the honorees and stressed the importance of community.



Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Co. owners Peter Voyiatzis (l.) and John Rocchio (r.), joined by their wives. Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Co. owners Peter Voyiatzis (l.) and John Rocchio (r.), joined by their wives.

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