Vincenzo Avanzato and Antonio Avanzato

Avanzatos, Hartwick Co-Citizens of the Year, to Be Honored

September 27, 2013

A reception to honor Vincenzo Avanzato and Antonio Avanzato, co-owners of Stella Luna Ristorante in Oneonta, will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The public is invited to attend the reception in the Foreman Gallery of the Anderson Center for the Arts building to thank the Avanzato brothers for their dedication to both Hartwick and Greater Oneonta. Tickets are required for this event and are $20 per person/$30 per couple. The reception, which will last from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., will include cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

The event will be hosted by the Hartwick College Citizens Board to honor the Avanzato brothers, who were named as the 2013 Hartwick College Citizens of the Year. The award honors a member - or group of members - of the Greater Oneonta community for exemplary service to Hartwick College and the surrounding area.

"Both in my role as President, and on a very personal level, I am delighted that the Citizens Board has chosen to recognize Vincenzo and Antonio as the Hartwick College Outstanding Citizens of the Year," said Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich. "They have been loyal supporters of, and advocates for, the College for many years. Their long-term commitment to serving as a high-quality business presence has benefited our entire community. They are fully deserving of this recognition."

The Citizens Board of Hartwick College established the Outstanding Citizen Award in 1980 to recognize an individual who, by action, thoughts and deeds, exemplifies the mission of the Citizens Board. That mission is to promote Hartwick College and to affirm the mutually beneficial relationship that exists between the College and the greater Oneonta community.

"I look forward to celebrating the brothers Avanzato and their contributions to Hartwick College and to the Oneonta Community," said Laurie Zimniewicz, President of the Citizens Board Executive Council.

Vincenzo is a lover of athletics, whereas Antonio is a lover of the arts. The fundraising that is taking place in their honor in conjunction with this event will support two Campaign-related projects taking place within the Binder Physical Education Center and the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus.

Among the lengthy list of accomplishments which were considered in Vincenzo Avanzato's selection as co-Citizen of the Year, he has been: host and sponsor of the Wick Athletic Association Wine Auction for 10 consecutive years; Coordinator of the Children's Christmas Program for local children; Volunteer for St. Mary's Church. Vincenzo Avanzato has given to Hartwick College for eight consecutive years.

"I am grateful," said Vincenzo Avanzato of the recognition. "I never expected to be honored. I wasn't looking to be in the limelight; it is rewarding to be connected with Hartwick and to be able to have an impact in the area."

Antonio Avanzato's list of achievements which led to his selection as co-Citizen of the Year include: host and sponsor of the Wick Athletic Association Wine Auction for 10 consecutive years; Coordinator of the Children's Christmas Program for local children; Volunteer for St. Mary's Church; and Host of the weekly radio show "Voice of the New Italy" on WZOZ 103.1 FM. Antonio Avanzato has given to Hartwick College for nine consecutive years.

"I am humbled and honored," added Antonio Avanzato. "I am happy to be working with Hartwick to support both athletics and the arts."

For more information and/or to register for the event by October 23, 2013, visit or contact Administrative Assistant within the Office of College Advancement Carrie Rosengren at 607-431-4064 or

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