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Senator Bucco and Son Honored for Commitment to Improve Social, Cultural Welfare of New Jersey Citizens & Institutions

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Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) and his son, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, have been chosen as the recipients of a prominent Italian-American organization’s humanitarian award honoring their generosity and commitment to improving the welfare of citizens and institutions across New Jersey. The two legislators are the first-ever father-son duo to receive the Columbian Foundation’s prestigious award.

Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (left) and Asm. Anthony M. Bucco (right) were honored at the Columbian Foundation’s 74th Annual Humanitarian, Achievement and President’s Award Dinner on Oct. 17. Pictured with Netcong Mayor Joe Nametko. (Facebook/Joe Nametko)

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Columbian Foundation, a vital organization that has worked for nearly 75 years to champion a wide variety of causes – from helping impoverished patients afford medical care, to promoting the study of Italian language and culture,” Senator Bucco said. “It was truly a privilege to share this moment with my son, Assemblyman Bucco, a dedicated community volunteer and public servant, who shares my passion for serving the people of New Jersey.”

The Columbian Foundation Humanitarian, Achievement and President’s award honors individuals in various fields who work tirelessly to improve the cultural, educational, economic and social welfare of New Jersey residents in need. The honorees are also recognized for their support of the foundation’s charitable endeavors.

“From the American Cancer Society to the New Jersey Ballet, dozens of charitable, educational and cultural institutions count the Columbian Foundation as an invaluable source of support,” Senator Bucco added. “Without the foundation, countless New Jerseyans would be deprived of the resources they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.”

The foundation’s philanthropic efforts include setting up college scholarships for needy students, offering donations for hospital programs that care for impoverished patients, and the establishment of the Italian Institute at Seton Hall University, which offers Italian language instruction and encourages a wider interest in Italian culture.

“I am truly appreciative of this recognition by the Columbian Foundation and for the opportunity to join my father as the first father and son honorees in the foundation’s 74-year history,” Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Morris) said. “I am also proud to have joined the other honorees, Dr. Campolattaro and Mayor Pannullo, at this wonderful event. The philanthropic efforts of the foundation touch many people. Students, children, hospitals and the arts are just a few of the groups who benefit from its compassion and charity. The Columbian Foundation should be lauded for making a difference in our communities.”

The two remaining recipients of this year’s award include East Hanover Mayor and Army veteran Joseph Pannullo and Dr. Brian Campolattaro, a pediatric ophthalmologist who has operated on thousands of underserved children.

The 74th annual awards dinner was held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, in Whippany. Proceeds collected at the event will benefit student scholarships and various charities, including the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

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