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HerrinFesta Italiana announces their Festa Honorees for 2013

Grand Parade Marshalls are David and Carla Pagano Hays of Herrin. The dynamic couple are owners of Mary’s Restaurant in Herrin and co-principals with the Green Grass Group owners of Kokopelli Golf Club and Restaurant in Marion and community activists in the region. Robert DeFilippis of Herrin has been named to receive the Lifetime Achievement […]

2012 Corporate Honoree: Pisoni Real Estate

Pisoni Real Estate is Corporate Honoree for HerrinFesta Italiana 2012. The Pisoni family has been on the business scene of the Herrin area for more than half a century. Pisoni Insurance and Real Estate was founded  in l942. Tony and Mary Pisoni, parents of current owner, Richard Pisoni, knew the value of thrift and hard […]

2012 Grand Parade Marshals: Paul and Dixie Restivo

Paul and Dixie Restivo, a Herrin couple dedicated to Herrin community activities and to their professional work – he was a longtime Herrin High School Coach and Athletic Director – she is an RN and worked both at Herrin Hospital and for Dr. Dan Kane, are the 2012 HerrinFesta Italiana Grand Parade Marshalls. 

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award: U.S. Congressman Jerry F. Costello

Herrin – The Lifetime Achievement Award at HerrinFesta Italiana is given annually to an individual who has achieved professional and personal success in their career and made a difference in their community. Congressman Jerry F. Costello was first elected to the United States Congress 12th District in Illinois in 1988.  The 12-term Congressman has served […]

2011 Corporate Honoree: IBEW Local 702

One hundred years ago a group of electrical workers met in Herrin, IL to discuss working conditions issues. They joined the IBEW to form Local Union 702, promoting safety, reasonable wages, industry friendship and dispute settlements in times of need. Their efforts prevailed, and now Local 702 celebrates l00 years of continued support from over […]

2011 Lifetime Achievement Award: Mario Moccia

Mario Moccia, Athletic Director at Southern Illinois University will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at HerrinFesta Italiana over Memorial Day weekend. The award is given annually to an individual of Italian heritage who has achieved professional and personal success in their career and made a difference in their community. Moccia’s  Italian heritage can be traced […]

2011 Grand Parade Marshall: Shirley Morani Cooper

Shirley Morani Cooper, a longtime Herrin community volunteer, has been named Grand Parade Marshall for HerrinFesta Italiana – 2011. She is the daughter of Sam Alfred Morani from Vinca, Italy and Mary Martha Oldani who was born in Herrin. Her father and his family traveled from Italy to sail  from Havre, France to New York […]

2009 Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Henley

Herrin native, Richard “Dick” Henley will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at HerrinFesta Italiana May 19 at the annual Mayor’s Dinner to kick-off Festa 2009 in and around The Herrin Civic Center. In l990 Henley concluded a 35-year career as a veteran educator and administrator with 32 of those years spent in the Herrin school […]