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2012 Scholorship Recipients


The 2012 Scholarship Luncheon took place at Damian's Cucina Italiana on Saturday, July 28, 2012


The 30th Annual TIASF Scholarship Awards Luncheon was held on July 28,2012 at Damian’s Restaurant. A crowd of 115 persons enjoyed a fantastic lunch as 18 deserving student-athletes were awarded $1000.00 scholarships. Master of Ceremonies Milo Hamilton, the radio voice of the Houston Astros, welcomed many faces present, including Astros special assistant Matt Galante, players Brian Bogusevic, Jason Castro and All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve. Also in attendance, Glen and Rita K. Roney, MLB.com’s Alyson Footer, Carolyn Faulk, founder and CEO of A&C Plastics; Rice University Football Coach David Bailiff, HBU Athletic Director Steve Moniaci and HBU Assistant Football Coach Shannon Kelley. The 2012 Special Guest of Honor was Joe Tusa, the legendary retired athletic director of the Houston Independent School District. Freshmen Scholarships were presented in honor of Astros Equipment Manager Emeritus Dennis Liborio. Dennis and his lovely wife, Geraldine, were there as the student-athletes accepted their scholarships. Since it’s founding in 1982, TIASF has awarded $600,000.00 in scholarships to deserving student-athletes.


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Johnny B. Mandola


Carlo Dechiro

Vice President

Daniel Sessions


Paul Galante


Ross Gagliano

Scholarships Chairman


Sam Biondo •  Charlie Cash  • Sandy Embesi • Sam Listi • Michael Patronella • Lynda Pontecorvo • Noxie Romano



Joe (Bubba) Butera • Matt Galante • Ciro Lampasas, Sr. • Damian Mandola • Frankie J. Pizzatola III • Cindy Richardson


Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation   •    713-863-0056   •   info@TIASF.org   •   PO Box 130163   •   Houston, TX  77219-0163