Friday, April 1, 2011

East Harlem Reunion: April 29, 2011

Aside from the Italian community intermingling with each other at the religious feasts year after year, Anna Barone strived for something greater by establishing the East Harlem Reunion in 2005. She was a people person. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. Through the East Harlem Reunion, her vision to preserve the culture and bonds of friendship that have been passed down from one generation to another still lives. It was extremely important to her to keep the magic of friendship alive.

Anna Barone not only wanted these reunions to be happy ones, filled with laughter, hugs and kisses, amidst the wonderful sense of food, drink and superb music, she also wanted the younger generation to share in those memories, as well. Sadly, Anna Barone, an icon who suffered from cancer, passed away last year 2010, leaving behind a terrible void amongst the Italian Community. The East Harlem Reunion was Anna Barone’s legacy.

Although Anna Barone will not be present this year at the East Harlem Reunion, her spirit and all that she represented will be there, alive and well, celebrating its heritage. May she always be remembered in our hearts and prayers.

Miriam Medina

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