The Madonna del Soccorso Society of Boston recognized Patricia “Patte” Papa with their annual “Italian American of the Year” award during the Opening Night of the 107th Fisherman’s Feast in Boston’s North End on August 17, 2017. North Ender Patte Papa has been a key partner at Boston City Hall helping keep alive Italian American traditions such as the Fisherman’s Feast.
Accepting the award on Patte’s behalf was Jordyn Taylor who was presented with the plaque by Fisherman’s Club members, Kenny Palazzolo, Domenic Strazzullo, Louis Strazzullo and Justin Amoroso. Also taking part in the ceremony were Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina and State Representative Aaron Michlewitz.
The society presents the award annually to an Italian American who exemplifies the traditions and values of the Italian American heritage and who has given back to the local Boston community. Past recipients include the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, former World Welterweight Champion and Boston native Tony DeMarco, renowned chef Mary Ann Esposito and Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino.
The Madonna de Soccorso Society of Boston was founded in 1910 by Italian immigrants hailing from the town of Sciacca, Sicily. Every year since it’s founding, the society conducts the Fisherman’s Feast based on tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca and their devotion to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). Today’s Feast is organized by the descendants of the original immigrants and holds the honor of being Boston’s oldest continuous Italian festival. More information about the Madonna del Soccorso Society of Boston can be found at FishermansFeast.com.
Above photo, (L-R), State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Justin Amoroso, Kenny Palazzolo, Jordyn Taylor, Louis Strazzullo, Domenic Strazzullo and City Councilor Sal LaMattina. Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography.