TSDOI Lodge 2817

We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian American

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TSDOI Events

The following events have been scheduled for the remainder of 2022. The Events listed below the calendar are currently open for registration.

Dec 9 – Desserts for USO Cake Walk

Dec 11 – TSDOI Christmas Dinner at Mamma Mia! In Holly Springs

Dec 16 – Gifts for Family Promise Homeless Family

Dec 19 – Cookie Exchange

Jan 29 – Opera

Gifts for a Homeless Family

Please help a homeless family have a Christmas they can remember. TSDOI is sponsoring a family of 2 adults and 4 children ages 1-4 from the Family Promise shelter in Raleigh. If you purchase a gift, you can drop it off at the TSDOI Christmas Dinner on December 11th or you can deliver it to me by December 12th. PLEASE include a Gift Receipt with each gift. If you are ordering from Amazon, you can have the gift shipped directly to me but please let me know it’s coming.

ALL gifts must be wrapped with the person’s name (ex. Female Teen) on a tag on the gift.

HALF of the gifts have already been taken!

Nick Verna, 615 Beech Hanger Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560 919-454-3750 nickverna14@gmail.com.

Please click on  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BADA829AAFBCE9-tsdoi1 to view the online signup sheet to select a gift.

Nick Verna – 615 Beech Hanger Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560 – nickverna14@gmail.com – 919-454-3750

Dessert Donations for USO Family Holiday Party

TSDOI has supported the USO Cake Walk for the past 5 years.  This event provides the families with lunch, games, and gifts from Santa and other area businesses.  

Fran Giannuzzi and Fran Castellano are organizing this event again.  We need 25 TSDOI members in total to donate either a cake, 12 large cupcakes or 2 containers of small cupcakes, or 2 dozen cookies.  The desserts need to be labeled and put in a see through box.   The desserts can be store bought or homemade.   Christmas and holiday type desserts are preferred.  The Dollar Store has many terrific containers that display cakes and cookies.

The dessert items will need to be dropped off at either Fran Giannuzzi or Fran Castellano’s homes in Cary by Friday, December 9th, or a few days before.  Addresses and times for drop off will be provided to the volunteers.

Please send an email to Fran Giannuzzi to volunteer to “Donate a Dessert”.  Fran’s email is:  fgiannuzzi94@gmail.com

TSDOI Christmas Dinner at Mamma Mia! In Holly Springs

Sunday, December 11, 2022, 5:00 pm
Mamma Mia! Italian Bistro
300 S. Main Street, Holly Springs, NC 27540
Co-Chairs: Fran Castellano, Fran Giannuzzi, Don Cimorelli

MENU ($45 for Members & $50 for Guests)

Appetizers for Each Table:

  • Calamari
  • Bruschetta
  • Caprese Salad

Entrees Served Over Pasta (One Per Guest):

  • Salmon Piccata
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Chicken Parmigiana
  • Eggplant Parmigiana

Dessert for Each Table:

  • Mini-Cannoli


  • Water, Sweet/Unsweetened Cold Tea, & Soft Drinks (Included)
  • Self-Service Coffee Station (Included)
  • Cash Bar for Wine & Beer

Raffle & Door Prizes!

Online ticket sales have closed.  Please contact Don Cimorelli if you wish to explore remaining ticket availability.  Don’s email is:  Donald.cimorelli@gmail.com

Cookie Swap

Christmas time is cookie time. What better way to enjoy cookies than at a cookie swap where you get to sample cookies from other bakers?  Please join us, bring some homemade cookies, and indulge. This event is limited to only 20 participants and is for members only. To register, please sign up at Cookie Swap by Monday, Dec 12.

Monday, December 19 at 6:30 PM

Registration Deadline December 12

Organizer: Barbara White peabody628@yahoo.com

Location: Keller Williams Realty, 1483 Beaver Creek Commons Drive, Apex, NC 27502

Members Only Event

The Cookie Swap Rules

Before the Swap:

Sign up at Cookie Swap by Friday, December 12.
Bake 3 cookies per registered participant + six for tasting at the party.
Each set of three cookies should be placed in a Ziplock bag. Label the bag with the name of the cookie and any allergens. Place the bagged cookies on a festive holiday plate/platter.
Place six unpackaged cookies for tasting on a dish.
Bring a large container/bag to bring your cookies home.
Send a copy of the recipe, listing any allergens, by email to Barbara White (peabody628@yahoo.com).

At the Event:

TSDOI will supply coffee to enjoy with your cookies.
There will be a couple of holiday-inspired ice breakers.
During the swap, each participant/couple will take one bag of each type of cookie.

A document containing the recipes will be available to pick up at the event and all of the Italian inspired recipes will also be available on our Italian Heritage Food Blog coming soon.

REGISTRATION: Registration for this event is required. Please click on the following Signup Genius link to register and indicate what cookie you will be making.


Don Giovanni by Mozart

Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 2:00 PM
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
$38 – members, $45 – non-members

Don Giovanni, a young, arrogant, and sexually promiscuous nobleman, abuses and outrages everyone else in the cast until he encounters something he cannot kill, beat up, dodge, or outwit. If you would like to attend, TSDOI has purchased 30 tickets and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

To order your tickets you can choose either of the two options below
Click on the red links below to pay online.
If you wish to pay by check, please first send an email to Don to let him know how may tickets you wish to purchase. Don will reply to you and confirm if tickets are still available before the check is mailed. Send a check made out to TSDOI for the total amount of the tickets being requested. Mail your check to Don Cimorelli, 132 Wards Ridge Drive, Cary NC 27513. Don’s email is: Donald.Cimorelli@gmail.com

Maria Knall mariaknall@gmail.com will mail you your tickets.

Payment Member Tickets $38

Payment Guest Tickets $45