Meet your new Italian-American of the Year

Jun 12, 2019 483

The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s Saint Liberata committee selected Grace Rizzi-Gallipoli as this year’s Italian-American of the Year. According to chamber executive director David Kennedy, she was selected for her ties to the community dating back to the early years of the festival. Currently owner of G&M Dege Inc., pump and tank contractors, Grace has been a Patchogue resident since the 1950s.

Recently, he said, she purchased a vacated building on Amity Street and relocated her business as a pleasant addition, fixing and maintaining the property. Gallipoli, 87, is the first solo woman to be honored. “She is well-deserving,” he added. “I am very happy and excited about the honor,” she said. “To me, it means family, friends and tradition. This festival honors all of those.”

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