Pennsylvania State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati has been awarded the 2016 Consular Award by the Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia.
The award was presented to Sen. Scarnati by Andrea Canepari, the Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia. The presentation took place at the DuBois (Pa.) Country Club on July 13. As Consul General, Canepari oversees economic, political and cultural initiatives on behalf of the Italian government. He works with a portion of the East Coast region, spanning from Pennsylvania and Delaware to North Carolina.
Scarnati’s great-grandparents immigrated to America from the Calabria region of Italy in 1901. His family later operated The Rocky Grill restaurant in Brockway, Pa., for many years.
“When my great-grandparents came to America in the beginning of the 20th Century, they came in search of the American Dream,” Scarnati said. “They, like so many immigrants to Pennsylvania, were ambitious and hardworking individuals. They sought a place full of opportunity where their heritage was welcomed and where people learned from one another. We undoubtedly have an obligation to those who sacrificed so much for us, to keep the American Dream alive.”
Consul General Canepari was accompanied on his trip to DuBois by former Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources Nicholas DeBenedictis, who received the Consular Award last year, and State Senator Mario Scavello of Monroe and Northampton counties.