Lifetime Achievement Award -2018

 HerrinFesta Italiana Lifetime Achievement award recipient for 2018 is  Renald (Ren) Morani, Naples, Florida.  He is a Herrin native and a 1957 graduate of Southern Illinois University. At SIU, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity serving several years as treasurer. His parents were Martino and Angela Morani, who arrived in Herrin in 1925 […]

MORELAND/ BISHOP ORGANIZATION -McDonald’s

Moreland/Bishop Organization McDonald’s  has been named Corporate Honoree for HerrinFesta Italiana 2018. The organization currently has 14 locations, West Frankfort, West City, Albion, Fairfield, Carmi, Harrisburg, McLeansboro, Johnston City, Herrin, two in Marion, Carterville, and most recently two in Carbondale. In 1981 John and Mary Moreland moved from Wisconsin to Southern Illinois and opened their […]

Grand Parade Marshalls – 2018 Mayor Steve and Sharon Frattini

HerrinFesta Italiana names Herrin Mayor Steve and Sharon Frattini as Grand Parade Marshalls for 2018.  They will be honored throughout the Festa event May 21- 28. He first served as an alderman on the Herrin City Council.  He now serves as Herrin Mayor.  He combines a comprehensive and diverse professional background to bring leadership skills that focus on the […]

Frank & Vicki Colombo – 2017 Grand Parade Marshals

HerrinFesta Italiana names Frank and Vicki Colombo as Grand Parade Marshals for 2017.  The Colombo’s are longtime Herrin business leaders and community activists.  Herrin High school sweethearts, they re-united and married in 1993.  Frank is a Herrin native and lifetime resident of southern Illinois.  The couple resides in rural Williamson County. Frank enjoyed a  forty […]

Dr. Russ and Dee Fine – 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Russ and Dee ( Davadeen Woerner) Fine, Birmingham, Al will receive the HerrinFesta Italiana Lifetime Achievement award for 2017 over Memorial Day weekend. Area natives Russ and Dee Fine have made every effort to pack three or more lifetimes into one grand, on-going adventure.  Since eloping more than fifty years ago, after a half-dozen […]

Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois – 2017 Corporate Honoree

Herrin – HerrinFesta Italiana  names Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois as their Corporate Honoree for 2017.“Essential.”  That’s the term best used to describe Veterans  Airport of Southern Illinois.  With its 8,000 foot primary runway; 5,000 foot secondary runway; sophisticated  instrument landing systems; air traffic control tower; full service Fixed Base Operator; numerous aircraft hangar facilities; […]

Nesler’s Polar Whip – Energy

It’s a legacy business in the region.  Family owned with family workers, day in and day out, except Sundays, Nesler’s Polar Whip begins their day at 5:30 a.m.   Burgers by the hundreds are served each week at the little place that brings fame, and certainly a good living, to Ron and Jeannie Nesler and their […]

Lifetime Achievement Award 2016: Harry L Crisp II

Harry L. Crisp II, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi MidAmerica in Marion, will receive the prestigious HerrinFesta Italiana Lifetime Achievement Award during the 26th annual event in May. The award will be presented during the Mayor’s HerrinFesta Honoree Banquet on May 24 at the Herrin Elks Club, and Crisp will ride in the Festa Grand […]

Sue Calcaterra Ridgway Named Grand Parade Marshall 2016

Sue Calcaterra Ridgway, Herrin native, and area businesswoman has been named HerrinFesta Grand Parade Marshall for 2016.  A senior account executive for the Arthur Agency in Carbondale, she was a longtime physician recruiter for SIH. The daughter of Julius and Elda (Ruggeri) Calcaterra, she is a graduate of St. Mary’s School (OLMC) and Herrin High School.  […]

Raymond Serati – Lifetime Achievement Award – 2015

Lifetime Achievement award recipient is Raymond Serati, Springfield.  He is a Herrin native and a 1959 graduate of Southern Illinois University where he was named “Outstanding Journalism Graduate.” His parents were Charles and Caroline Serati and he had one brother, Frank.  All are deceased.  He attended our Lady of Mt. Carmel Grade School.  He was […]