Italian-American Veterans’ Festival in Lorain to honor local businesses, founding member – Morning Journal

The No. 1 post of Italian-American veterans will hold its annual Festa Italiana from noon to 6 p.m., September 17, at its headquarters at 4567 Oberlin Avenue in Lorain.

This year’s winners are accounting firm Lorain Campana Campana & Company Inc. as Italian Company of the Year, and Darlene Bruno de Lorain will be recognized as Auxiliary Member of the Year.

Bruno is also the only living member since the creation of the original charter in 1958.

Campana Campana & Company provides accounting, tax preparation and financial services to businesses as well as individuals.

“My dad (Thomas) started this business in 1971, working off his kitchen table,” said Gina Campana of Campana Campana & Company.

Gina Campana also said that she started working with her father when she was very young, and growing up wanted to be an accountant.

She joined the company after earning an accounting degree from John Carroll University.

His sister Nicole Campana joined Campana Campana & Company after earning a business degree from Lorain County Community College.

Campana Campana & Company Inc. has been helping Lorain residents for 50 years. The Italian Business of the Year award will go to Nicole and Gina Campana, who have taken over day-to-day business operations from their father, Thomas, who started the business from his kitchen table in 1971. (Spencer Mahon – The Morning Journal)

The sisters now run the business, which is located at 5445 Beavercreek Drive in Lorain at Fox Creek Golf Club.

Bruno, 90, is part of the first Italian-American veterans station since its inception with a mission to help veterans living in Lorain, Vermilion, Amherst, Sheffield Village and surrounding areas.

Bruno said she has been heavily involved with the club since its inception.

She said her parents both immigrated to the United States, her mother as a child and her father permanently at age 16 after a visit as a teenager.

Bruno humbly reflected on his upbringing as a youngster and said family was everything growing up.

She said they played cards and did almost everything together.

Bruno has advice for the younger generation.

“Try to be helpful to those who need help, appreciate your work and know where you want to go and know where you come from,” she said.

The festival will feature music from the Al Battistelli band from 1 to 3 p.m. and the Avanti band from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as a 50-50 raffle and many other activities that will be part of the day.

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