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Patti and Bob Montalbano

The Scranton Chapter UNICO National has named Patti and Bob Montalbano will be honored as the UNICANS of the Year for 2018 according to Melanie Naro, chapter president.

“The Montalbanos have been a terrific volunteer team since they joined.” Naro said. “We are thrilled to honor them for their contributions.”

The Montalbanos will be feted on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. The event is open to the public said Mary Marrara, the charity ball chairperson, added. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 570-499-1534.

Patti Montalbano was instrumental in the reorganization of the ladies auxiliary in 2011-2012. She was president of the auxiliary, serving 3 consecutive years, joined the auxiliary board of directors and was chosen again to be president.

For her service, Patti received the Al Dante Award in 2012, which recognizes extraordinary volunteerism.

Bob joined UNICO in 2004 and quickly became active in working to support fundraising efforts. Bob took over the organization of cooking the porketta for the Scranton UNICO stand at La Festa Italiana. Bob also served on the board of directors for several years. He received the chapter’s presidential award in 2015. Bob served as a presidential aide to Chris DiMattio, during his tenure as UNICO national president in 2010-11.