More than 600 men attended the 80th anniversary of Viva La Panza! (Hooray for the Belly!) Oct. 24 at Todaro’s Party Center, hosted by the Italian American Professional and Businessmen’s Club. The event began in 1938 as a small gathering of politicians and Italian businessmen in the rear of the Belt Line Grocery Store on Grant Street, owned by curre...

Viva la Panza, “hooray for the stomach” or “joy to the belly” according to an article published March 29, 1943 in the Akron Beacon Journal, described the event as a tradition to eat until your knife and fork scream for help! Started a few years earlier before the outbreak of WWII by local Italian immigrants, now U.S. citizens, to provide political...

From December 4 through December 19, 2017, the Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB) visited and donated $1,000 each to 12 different charities as part of their 12 Days of Christmas Giving. A local non-profit created to support local charities while working to maintain a positive community image and uphold Italian family traditions, SIAB an...

Society of Italian American Businessmen held its 2nd Annual Italian-Irish Klassix Open Charity Golf Outing on June 5, 2017, at Maryland Golf and Country Clubs. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and Baltimore Area Council Boy Scouts of America–Harford District. Each organization received a check for $4,011 t...

On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB), a local non-profit civic group, presented the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center in Bel Air (SARC) with a check donation of $25,000. The check presentation took place at the Richlin Catering & Events Center during SIAB’s sold out 4th Annual Spring Gala, one of i...