A charitable organization supporting young Texans

2013 Scholarship Recipients


The Annual TIASF Scholarship Luncheon

August 10, 2013

Damian's Cucina Italiana


15 deserving student-athletes were awarded $1000.00 scholarships at the 31st Annual TIASF Scholarship Awards Luncheon on August 10, 2013 at Damian’s Restaurant.  A crowd of over 100 persons enjoyed another fantastic lunch as Milo Hamilton, the retired radio voice of the Houston Astros served as Master of Ceremonies. Faces in the crowd included: Astros players Jason Castro, Brett Wallace and Brandon Barnes, and Astros TV broadcaster Bill Brown. Also in attendance: Former Astros pitcher and manager Larry Dierker, Retired Astros Clubhouse Manager Dennis Liborio, 2012 Special Guest of Honor Joe Tusa, Glen and Rita K. Roney, MLB.com’s Alyson Footer, HBU Athletic Director Steve Moniaci, Houston Chronicle sportswriter David Barron and Don Sanders of Ryan-Sanders Baseball. The 2013 Special Guest of Honor was Tom Nolen, the legendary football coach at Lamar High School. Since it’s founding in 1982, TIASF has awarded more than $600,000.00 in scholarships to deserving student-athletes.






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