Sons of Italy salute outstanding members

ENCINITAS — Sons of Italy La Costa dei Fiori Lodge of Encinitas has announced that civic leader Patrick Casinelli of Encinitas has been named as the Italian American of the Year 2009.
Casinelli will be honored at the organization’s 31st anniversary dinner dance at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Saint John’s Church Community Events Center, 1001 Encinitas Blvd.
Casinelli has been a leader in the growth of the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club since 2001, having served on the board, and later was board chairman from 2003 to 2007. He currently chairs the annual World Beach Bocce Ball Championships, the major fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club on the beach in Del Mar. He is active with Carlsbad High Noon Rotary Club where he served as treasurer, community service director and international chairman. He also organizes an annual race in honor of his late father, Mike Casinelli, who also was a well-known community leader.
Casinelli is vice president of Employee Benefits and a principal owner of Cavignac & Associates Insurance. He resides in Encinitas with his wife Diane and three children, Sam, Michael, and Camella.
Tickets for the event are $45 each and include a hosted open bar, catered buffet dinner, live auction and live dance music. The lodge will also honor the current State President Maria Pignati with the 2009 Leadership Award. Tickets are available by contacting Mimi Gattinella at (760) 943-8494, or by e-mailing mimigatt@cox.net.

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