East Haven Rotary Club’s recently held its third annual “Anginette Wars” event, which has quickly become the club’s largest fundraiser and was attended this year by a crowd of close to 600 people at the East Haven High School.
Co-chairpersons, Cheryl Panzo and Joan Adamczyk have announced this year’s winners as follows:
Best Anginette (awarded by Judges):
BLUE RIBBON: Ann Marie Cerreta –Theme “Leis, Luaus, and Alohas”
1st Runner Up: Paula Troiano - Superhero Bakers
2nd Runner Up: Gabrielle Panzo - Viva Las Anginettes
Spectator Voted (People’s Choice):
Best Tasting Anginette: Frankie Carangelo-O’Leary - Nonnie’s Sweet Sunshine
Most Creative Table Display: Gary Acabbo - Anginette’s at Tiffany’s
Most Decorative Anginette: Dina Sanz - Mardi Gras
The judges for this year’s event were: Laura Hutchinson, Jocelyn Maminta and Brian Spyros from WTNH NEW8, along with Missy Antonelli of Sweet Mary’s Bakery and Italian-American Historian & Author from Yale University, Anthony Riccio. The Emcee for the evening was radio personality, Vinnie Penn !
All net proceeds from “Anginette Wars” solely benefits the Club’s “Ben Mazzucco Clothe the Children” project. Each year on one Saturday in January the Club provides deserving children $100 to shop for items of clothing at Kohl’s Department Store in Branford. During the past eighteen years, the East Haven Rotary “Clothe the Children” program has provided clothing for almost 1000 children, which with the Kohl’s discounts, totals over $ 100,000 worth of merchandise that they have received.
The club was organized on March 3, 1939 and as such is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. Since that time the club has remained dedicated and committed to improving the community and citizens of East Haven. Through its annual scholarship program and Student of the Month, the club recognizes and encourages achievement of high school students. Amber Alert Identification cards, Clothe the Children, free Thanksgiving dinners and annual distribution of dictionaries to elementary school children are some of its many local volunteer activities.
For further comment or information:
Cheryl Panzo (203) 980-4021 Joan Adamczyk (203) 494-0033