The 4th Annual Union City Artist Awards
Classy Fun-filled Affair
The City of Union City’s Fourth Annual Union City Artist Awards held on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the William V. Musto Cultural Center in Union City, New Jersey was a classy fun-filled affair. From the moment you approached the “museum” you knew you were in for a glorious night. Outside the Center, attendees were greeted by several classic cars, a red carpet, and underneath a large white tent, theatrical lighting and killer dance music courtesy of a tall well-clad leading man type good looking DJ. This is the most anticipated and most important art event held in the City every year... and probably the State. Each year, the event brings together a who's who from the arts community. If you're an artist, this is the place to be seen.
The awards honored some of the most talented and dedicated artists from all disciplines who have contributed to Union City's artistic fabric, and some honorees have succeeded at an international level.
Inside, refreshments were served to the music of Bob DeBenedette. Partygoers mingled and shared laughs. The spirits were very high in anticipation of the awards ceremony themselves. There were several politicians present and took turns in addressing the eager standing-room only crowd. Also speaking were he City Historian, Gerard Karabin; City Poet Laureate, Jorge Luis Seco, and City Art Curator, Amado Mora. Each spoke eloquently in explaining the importance of the arts in the community.
(Commissioner Lucio Fernandez, Don Oriolo, and Donald Oriolo)
Michele Savoia of House of Savoia was a renowned fashion designer who passed away in February 2014 in a tragic accident on The Hudson River in New York City. Savoia was a MASTER TAILOR of MENSWEAR, and a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.
(Virginia Hildebrant & Steven Zivkovic)
(Ray Machado & His Group)
Following the awards ceremony the packed house danced the night away to the electrifying beats of Ray Machado & His Group. This was a most memorable evening, and having so many artist under one roof made it all even more special.
The honorees were:
Charles Bernard Murray
Ray Machado Gomez
Mouhsine Idrissi Janati
Orlando del Rio
Ray O. Machado Cruz
Joseph D. Fiorenza Conklin
Mrs. Eleanor Yaschak
Elizabeth Ann McLaughlin
Joseph "Joe" Oriolo Accepted by his son Don Oriolo
Michele Savoia of House of Savoia
Virginia Hildebrant and Steven Zivkovic accepted the award on behalf on of Gabriella Savoia for her dad, Michele Savoia