Italian-Americans Making a Difference
Every year members of the St Mary of Carmen Society support families and local organizations in our community.
Community Support:
John M Barry Boys and Girls Club Newton Awards Night 2012
Since 1935 the society has been proud to provide financial support to families and organizations in need within our community. Below is a list of just a few of the many different things we have continued to support over the years. The society hosts various events throughout the year to help us support others in the community.
Click here for a list of some of the organizations the society has supported. In 2019 alone, we donated $26,000 via scholarships and community support.
Italian-American Festival:
A photo from the entrance of Pellegrini park at the 83rd St Mary of Carmen Societys Festival.
For 85 years the society has organized the annual Italian-American festival in Newton. We bring together our Nonantum community along with many of the surrounding communities to celebrate our traditions and heritage at an event attended by over 10,000 people annually. To learn more about our festival, please click here.
The society has donated over $100,000 in scholarships to students at a variety of local schools. We are happy to provide financial assistance to a wide range of families in and around our community. If you would like to learn more about our scholarship program, or apply for a scholarship, visit the scholarship page.
How You Can Help:
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization our ability to conduct a wide range of charitable ventures relies solely on the generous donations of businesses and individuals. For example, you or your business can support the society  through sponsorship of our annual festival or by placing an ad in our program book which is distributed to festival attendees and surrounding businesses each year. See the festival page for information on these opportunities or send us an e-mail.
You can also make an online donation here.
St Mary of Carmen History
St Mary of Carmen - A Legacy of Five Families
St Mary of Carmen - Mayoral Participation

The oldest membership application on record:
St Mary of Carmen - Oldest Application
1937 Adbook :
1937 Adbook
Check out our photo book from the 60th Festival (1996):
1996 Photo Book
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Our statue of La Madonna Del Carmine was modeled after the Madonna (pictured here) in the town of Riccia, a little town in the province of Campobasso, in the region of Molise. The founders of our society all came from different towns and regions of Italy, someone from the Campobasso area must have had the suggestion, as La Madonna Del Carmine is popular all over Italy. The statues are almost identical except for the extra clothing on the one in Italy. 
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St Mary of Carmen Society Contacts

Frank Battista

Frank Battista


Carl Pasquarosa

Carl Pasquarosa

Vice President

Chuck Proia

Chuck Proia

Festival Chairman

Anthony Pellegrini

Anthony "Fatty" Pellegrini

Festival Vice Chairman

Park Coordinator

Tino Degisi

Tino Degisi

Scholarship Chairman

Anthony Clemente

Anthony Clemente

Festival Vice Chairman

Website/Social Media


Jason Pisano


Lou Mazzola

Corresponding Secretary

Mike Mazzola

Mike Mazzola

Sergeant of Arms

Roger A. Marrocco, Jr.


Society Historian

Joe Caruso

Joseph Caruso

Spring Dinner Dance Chairman

Festival Vice Chairman

Tony Gentile

Anthony Gentile, Sr.

President Emeritus

Dave Proia

David Proia


Kenny Pellegrini


Mark Leone



In the Media:



"Newton's St Mary Of Carmen Festival Canceled" by Newton Patch May 12th

"St Mary of Carmen Society Cancelled" - NewTV May 14

"Newton Memorial Day parade cancelled, future unclear for other celebrations" - by Newton Tab April 29


NewTV - News

Newton Tab Photos

Newton Patch - July 19

"Music, rides and games at Nonantum festival"- by Newton Tab - July 12, 2019


Mike Olivio

Senior Scholarship Raffle Chairman

Festival Vice Chairman

Jason Cerone

Inner Guard

Gerry Marrocco

Inner Guard





NewTV - 2015

The Enterprise - July 24, 2015

Youtube Omri Cohen - October 26, 2013

Village 14 -Greg Reibman July 11, 2012

"My Fair Lady" - Charles Pierce June 5, 2011


The St. Mary of Carmen Society, being a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, is prohibited by the I.R.S code of conduct from directly participating in any political activities. However, we will always encourage & support any individual(s) and/or group(s) that seek to maintain, or improve, the qualities as it relates to the respect for life, liberties and cultural traditions, in this endeavor we would offer our moral & spiritual support.