Thursday, July 5, 2018

CIAO Scholarship Banquet 
May 16, 2018
Knights of Columbus Hall

Seated l-r: Karis Wilson, Gabrielle Goecke, Madison Langhals, Alexa Hawk, Kylie Guagenti, Nikiyja Carter, Faith Gossard, Savannah Meeker. Standing l-r: Ethan Mangette, Joseph Sanchez, Michael Johnston, Nicholas Azzarello and Nicholas Dove

CIAO awards $12,000 in scholarships
LIMA — The Charitable Italian American Organization of Lima (CIAO) awarded its 2018 scholarships at its awards banquet held May 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
The organization awarded $12,000 in scholarships, $1,000 to a student from each school from which it received an application.
Italian heritage is not a requirement for CIAO’s scholarships or its charitable giving. To qualify, the student must be a graduating senior from a school in or a resident of Allen County. He or she must hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, submit official transcripts and ACT or SAT scores, two letters of recommendation from a school faculty member and a member of the community, a written essay, and a list of achievements, awards, community service, employment, clubs and extracurricular activities.
Scholarship recipients included Nicholas Azzarello, Nikiyja Carter, Nicholas Dove, Gabrielle Goecke, Faith Gossard, Alexa Hawk, Michael Johnston, Madison Langhals, Ethan Mangette, Savannah Meeker, Joseph Sanchez and Karis Wilson.  A 13th $1,000 scholarship, the John and Gena Mongelluzzo Scholarship was funded by the Mongelluzzo family and awarded to Kylie Guagenti.
In keeping with tradition, CIAO also awarded its Service Above Self Award. This award is presented to CIAO members who go above and beyond to help the organization uphold its motto, “Our family helping others.” This year’s honor was presented to founding members, Joseph and Beatrice Zuppardo.  
Service Above Self winners, Bea and Joe Zuppardo with CIAO President, Doug Wise
For more than 30 years, CIAO, formerly UNICO, has raised funds to donate to local worthy causes and award college scholarships to Allen County high school graduates.CIAO holds two major events each year, its Reverse Raffle and Designer Purse Bingo to raise funds to support its charitable giving.   


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CIAO Italian Festival Trip!

Have you made your reservations yet?  Spaces are filling up fast. Reservations and $50 (per person) deposit must be turned in to Steve Smith by June 1st. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

We're just under a week away from our big Designer Purse Bingo.  Have you purchased your tickets yet?  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Our 3rd Purse Bingo is coming up fast! 

       Please join us, invite your friends and spread the word. 

            Men are welcome too! Come win a beautiful designer purse for a special woman in your life.  Better yet, bring your wife, your girlfriend, your sister, or your mom.  It'll be fun for all!

The proceeds from our fundraisers are used to provide college scholarships to local high school seniors and make donations to charitable causes in the community. 

All of our funds stay local.

 Our special add-on charitable cause for this event will be  Crossroads Crisis Center of Lima. Crossroads serves a vitally important service protecting and empowering women, men and children who are victims of domestic violence.  We will be collecting items from their wishlist at the door. Anyone donating items from the list shown on the flyer will receive a free extra set of bingo cards for each item donated.  

Thank you for your support!