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 […]

Corporate Honoree – Monchino Management, LLC

Herrin based Monchino Management, LLC was formed in 1998.  Monchino Management specializes in providing management services to hotels and restaurants.  Since its inception, the company has managed 34 hotels in nine states with a cumulative asset value of more than $180,000,000 with annual revenues exceeding $50,000,000.  Presently Monchino Management, LLC manages 12 hotels and provides […]

Marilyn Berra Phillips – 2015 Grand Parade Marshal

HerrinFesta Italiana celebrates their 25th annual festival Memorial Day weekend.  Herrin native, Marilyn Berra Phillips has been named 2015 HerrinFesta Grand Parade Marshal.  She is a long time volunteer, business woman and currently owner of The Burger Nook in Herrin.  After a brush with fame when her Sparta, Illinois dress shop was used in the movie In […]

2015 Honorees Named

Herrin – HerrinFesta Italiana announces their selections for Festa Honorees for 2015. Three individuals or companies are chosen each year. HerrinFesta Italiana was launched in 1991 and celebrates their 25th anniversary May 18-25 over Memorial Day weekend. Grand Parade Marshal is Marilyn Berra Phillips, owner of Burger Nook in Herrin. After a multi –faceted business […]

Herrin Hospital – Corporate Honoree

Herrin Hospital celebrates their 100-year anniversary in 2014. The hospital was built in 1914. In 1918 Dr. J. T. Black purchased the hospital and renamed it Herrin Hospital. Herrin Hospital has been named Corporate Honoree for HerrinFesta Italiana – 2014. The hospital has served thousands of patients through its long history through the turbulent times […]