Annual Banquet, "Gaeta Night"

The Saints Cosmas and Damian Society hosts its annual banquet each fall. Over the years, the banquet has grown in size as it has become a more popular event among the local Italian/American community, dignitaries, businesses, and supporters of our organization.

The event is organized by the DiDomenico family, a prominent family of our society. All proceeds benefit the Society and the charities we support. Entertainers such as Anna Marie Alberghetti, Lou Carry, Mario Tacca, Mary Mancini, Christina Fontanelli, The Capris, Joey Dee and the Starliters, The Cosmos, and Enzo Amara have entertained the banquet crowd over the years. A full course Italian meal is served to all guests as Italian/American dance music fills the air. The Society members also donate several gift baskets for a spectacular gift/raffle table.

The hallmark of the evening is the presentation of the Society's Man and Woman of the Year Awards. These annual awards of honor are given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Society, or to the Italian/American community. These awards have been presented to such individuals since 1987. On occasion, the Society has also presented the President's Award and the Family of the Year Award to notable individuals and families in recognition of their efforts toward the organization.

2016 Banquet Raffle Gifts

Recipients of the Man and Woman of the Year Award

Year Man of the Year Award
Woman of the Year Award
2016 Nicola DiSantis
(Italian Counsul General)
Maria Gioconda Motta
(C.A.S.IT. President)
2013 Joseph Russo
(Sons of Italy
National 1st Vice President)
Carmelita Bello
(Sons of Italy State President)
2012 Damiano Granata
(Society member)
Maria Albano Lisi
(Society friend)
2011 Antonio Raimondi
(Mayor of Gaeta)
Anna Maria Mclain
(Society member)
2010 James DiStefano
(Society friend)
Elaine Leccese
(Society member)
2009 James Leccese
(Society member)
Elisabetta Mitrano
(Society friend)
2008 Sal DiDomenico Sr.
(Society chairman)
Anna Granata
(Society member)
2007 Stephen Maio
(Society friend)
Dorothy Maio
(Society friend)
2006 Mayor Joe Curtatone
(Mayor of Somerville)
Jenny Carvello
(Society member)
2005 Richard Rossi
(Assistant city manager)
Sandra Albano and
Maryellen Carvello
(Society friends)
2004 Louie Rietano
(Society member)
Madelena Leccese
(Society member)
2003 Roland Farinato
(Society member)
Mary (Dee Dee) Albano
(Society friend)
2002 Sal DiDomenico Jr.
(Society vice president)
Tricia DiDomenico
(Society member)
2001 Frank Privitera
(Society benefactor)
Jean Privitera
(Society benefactor)
2000 Anthony Leccese
(Society recording secretary)
Gianinna Granata
(Society trustee)
1999 Piero DeMasi
(Italian Counsul General, Boston)
Margie Cahn Saluti
(Society friend)
1998 Peter Ingeneri
(President of Pyrindello Lyceum)
Christina Nardella
(Society member)
1997 Major General Dr. Dean Saluti
(Society friend)
Mary Ann Esposito
(Italian Chef, WGBH TV)
1996 Fred Salvucci
(Society friend)
Pamela Donnaruma
(Editor of Boston's Post Gazette)
1995 Fr. Anthony Spinosa
(Society friend)
Antonietta Borriello
(Society vice president)
1994 Richard Leccese
(Society adviser)
Anna Foti
(Society friend)
1993 Mike Nicoloro
(Society friend)
Norma Buonomo
(Society member)
1992 Salvatore "Sonny" Reale
(Society member)
Maria Valente
(Society president)
1991 Roberto Falaschi
(Italian Counsul General, Boston)
Yolanda Cellucci
("First Lady of Fashion")
1990 Alexander Buonaugurio
(Society member)
Ozvalda "Ozzie" Capotosto
(Society financial secretary)
1989 Charles "Sonny" DeFrancesco
(Society friend)
Anna Macera
(Society founder)
1988 Mayor Alfred Vellucci
(Former mayor of Cambridge)
Marie DiDomenico
(Society chairwoman)
1987 Cardinal Bernard Law
(Bishop, Archdiocese of Boston)
Maria Colaruotolo
and Anna Amendola
(Sociey founders)

Recipients of the President's Award

Year Recipient(s)
2016 Michael McLaughlin
(Society member)
2007 Anna Maria Mclain
(Society member)
2006 Lino Rullo
(Society friend)
2004 Rosa Uttaro
(Society member)
2002 David Clem of Lyme Properties
(Society benefactor)
2001 State Representative Tim Toomey
(Society friend)
2000 Mary Aufiero
(Society friend)
1991 Frank and Jean Privitera
(Society benefactors)

Recipients of the Family of the Year Award

Year Recipient(s)
2013 The Nardella Family
2012 The Trifone Family
2011 The DiDomenico Family
2009 The DiBiase Family
2008 The Reitano Family
2007 The Leccese Family