Tuesday, October 11; 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
@ The West End Museum.
Free and open to the public.
Each year, the Museum selects West Enders of Italian descent to recognize for their contributions to preserving the culture of the West End and its rich immigrant history. This year’s Italian Heritage Month honorees are Michael W. Cataldo and Dr. Stephen F. Maio, both native-born West Enders who have furthered the legacy of the neighborhood and fostered Italian-American culture. Honoree presentations will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.
Michael W. Cataldo was an active member of the West End House in his youth. In the House’s David A. Ellis Club, he participated in sports, debate, declamation, journalism and other activities—all aimed at promoting the well-rounded scholar/athlete. He credited those experiences with instilling in him a sense of fierce competition, a desire to achieve and a high level of organization that later led him to success in the corporate world of insurance. As president of the West End House Alumni Association in 1962 and president of the House itself in 1979, Cataldo helped to ensure the future of the organization. He was instrumental in establishing the Jacob M. Burnes Endowment Fund in the 1980s to guarantee the long-term financial stability of the group. Cataldo also served as co-chairman of the West End House Camp Committee for many years before he passed away in 1999.
Dr. Stephen F. Maio was very active in the West End House’s George Brenner Association, another scholar/athlete club. Like the Ellis Club, the Brenner Association required its members to partake in academic-oriented activities in order to play sports. This proved a winning combination for Dr. Maio, developing his passion for education. He went on to dedicate 32 years to the Wakefield, MA public school system: 6 years as a junior high teacher, 11 years as the principal and 15 years as superintendent of schools. He has served Cambridge College since 2001 in various roles and is currently adjunct professor in the doctoral program. He is a past president and the current board chairman of the Pirandello Lyceum—an organization of academic and business professionals who strive to preserve Italian-American heritage—and sits on the board of directors for the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, a nonprofit that promotes Italian language and culture. He also has received a Stella Della Solidarieta’ Italiana Award from the Italian government.
These men represent the best of the old West End and of Italian-American culture. The West End Museum is proud to honor them and their numerous notable accomplishments.