This years winner is Elisa Faoila. She is receiving the award from her daughter Adriene Emmo.



How have you made a difference in someone’s life? That is what the Antonio Varacalli Day Committee is asking students and residents in the Town of Seneca Falls during the month of March. Antonio Varacalli, the young Italian man who saved a woman from drowning in the Cayuga and Seneca Barge Canal on April 12, 1917 in Seneca Falls, is the namesake for the “Antonio Varacalli Day – Celebration of Heroes” which is scheduled to take place on the Bridge Street Bridge April 16, 2016.

“Celebrating everyday heroes from our community, as well as acknowledging the shining stars of local organizations is the agenda for the day” explained Becky Bly, one of the members of the Antonio Varacalli Day/It’s A Wonderful Life Festival Committee, the organizer of the event.

The public is invited to nominate a local person they see as a hero to receive the Second Annual Antonio Varacalli Day Award, which will be presented at the Celebration.  Last years award was presented to Mickey Dellefave. Winners of an essay contest for Seneca Falls school students, grades 3, 4 & 5, to answer the question “How have you made a difference in someone’s life?” will also be presented and awards given.

The day’s event will begin at 1:00 with a ceremony on the Bridge Street Bridge which will include the reading of the Antonio Varacalli Day Proclamation, the ringing of The Bells of the Real Bedford Falls, speakers, music and a flower ceremony.  The Celebration will conclude at the Community Center where the essays will be on display and a chicken barbeque will be available.  Tickets for the chicken BBQ are available in advance at the SF Visitor Center and the Downtown Deli.

Additionally, local service organizations and clubs may send in the name of a hero or shining star from their organization that they would like to have recognized at the event.

Individuals wishing to nominate a hero for the Antonio Varacalli Day Award, can pick up a nomination form in Seneca Falls at S.F. Visitor Center and Museum of Waterways & Industry – 89 Fall Street, Downtown Deli – 53 Fall Street, or download a pdf from

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in fewer than 150 words, please provide support why you consider this person a "hero."