UNICO was founded in Waterbury, Connecticut, October 10, 1922. It’s founder, Dr. Anthony Vastola formed the organization with a group of businessmen and civic leaders in an effort to unite Italian Americans in an organization that would give strength and force against the discrimination of Italian Americans. It was time for law-abiding American citizens of Italian descent to offset the humiliations pressed upon Italian Americans. This was to be done by doing good deeds for others, thus the motto, “Service Above Self”. In addition, the organization would promote scholarships and the cultivation of our Italian heritage. The organization would differentiate itself in its measure of self-sacrifice, not for personal gain, but simply for the happiness found in America and it’s motto would be “Service Above Self”. The acronym was later to stand for Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity and Opportunity.
The idea of UNICO became successful and won acceptance from the community. Expansion to other cities became inevitable in Connecticut, then to New Jersey. The first convention was held in New York City in 1930. A similar idea had taken shape, unknown to the Eastern group, beginning in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1932 known as the National Civic League. This group, comprising of 15 chapters in the Midwest, joined with UNICO during 1947 and became UNICO National at a convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
UNICO National grants scholarship awards, promotes Italian Study Chairs, observes Columbus Day with fitting programs and participates in community and civic activities, and raises monies for children’s causes such as St. Jude, and other varied charities with specific emphasis on mental health programs and Cooley’s Anemia research. Overall, UNICO National has raised millions of dollars for these projects as well as millions of Dollars for disaster relief in the Midwest, California, Florida and in devastated areas in Italy.
Columbus Statue Relocation to Marquette Park Project
Names are being engraved now. The bases will be constructed this fall and stones set. Original name plaques being manufactured.
Now is the time to ensure that your name is on the monument. We have reached our goal and will only accept sponsor donation through October 31, 2017. What an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for your family. The UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation (UMCF) (an IRS recognized 501c3) is now accepting tax deductible donations to relocate the Columbus Statue to Marquette Park. View Statue Location at Marquette Park to see what it will look like. For every donation you will receive a numbered certificate acknowledging your contribution. There are three major levels of sponsorship you may also consider. These levels come with a Numbered Certificate, Statue Commemorative Medallion and YOUR NAME engraved in stone at the monument. See the Columbus Relocation Brochure here.
Corportate Sponsorship Level is Greater Than $2000 and comes with special awards. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-372-8869 for more information regarding this sponsorship level.
GOLD Level is $2,000 and comes with Certificate, GOLD Medallion and Largest letters in stone.
SILVER Level is $1,000 and comes with Certificate, SILVER Medallion and Medium letters in stone.
BRONZE Level is $500 and comes with Certificate, BRONZE Medallion and Small letters in stone.
If you donate an amount equal to or greater than $500.00 you will need to fill in the Additional Comments Box when the donation form pops up and type in exactly how you want your name to appear on the engraving. 36 characters maximum.
To make a Secure Credit Card payment click the Button below:
Rather use PayPal Instead? Click the PayPal Donate Button Below:
When the PayPal screen comes up enter Columbus Statue in the Purpose box and if you are donating $500 or more don’t forget to enter what you want engraved in stone up to 36 characters on the payment confirmation page. Click the blue + to open the comment box to enter this detail.
To pay by check make checks payable to UNICO Memphis Chapter Foundation. Please note Columbus Statue on check Memo and mail to: