Seneca Falls residents are being asked to nominate a person perceived by their friends and neighbors to be a “good citizen and hero” to receive the annual Antonio Varacalli Day Award. The award is given in memory of the Italian immigrant who saved a woman from drowning in the Cayuga and Seneca Barge Canal on April 12, 1917 in Seneca Falls.
This year’s Antonio Varacalli Day – Celebration of Heroes is scheduled for Saturday April 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. on the Bridge St. bridge in Seneca Falls.
“Antonio was just a regular guy who on a particular day made the decision to step up and selflessly help another person” said Becky Bly, one of the committee’s organizers, “we are asking our community to nominate a person they feel qualifies for this award.”
Nomination forms can be picked up at the Seneca Falls Visitor Center & Museum of Waterways and Industry, 89 Fall Street, the Downtown Deli – 53 Fall Street, or by visiting therealbedfordfalls.com/antonio-varacalli-day.php. All nominations must be received by 4 p.m. April 16.
Past recipients of the Antonio Varacalli Award are Michelene Dellafave – 2015, Michael Alessio – 2016 and Ed Chase – 2017.
The theme of Good Citizenship has been chosen as the topic for the essay contest which Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s students have been invited to participate in.
The question posed to the children in grades 3, 4 & 5 asks how they have been, or might be, a “Good Citizen” by making a difference in someone’s life at home, in school or in their community? Winners from the essay contest will be awarded prizes during the ceremony.
Antonio Varacalli Day is a project of the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival Committee. A Chicken BBQ at the foot of the bridge beginning at 10 am will help to fund the events of IAWL. Advance tickets are available by calling 315-568-9364.
For more information on the Celebration and ways you can be involved, contact IAWLFestival@outlook.com.