Since 2013, the Triangle Sons & Daughters of Italy, Lodge 2817 in the Greater Raleigh, NC area has recognized the Outstanding Italian American in North Carolina. Unique to Lodge 2817, this competitive award was established to nominate Italian American candidates and select an annual winner who has demonstrated significant success in his or her chosen career; embraces his or her Italian American heritage; and serves as an inspiration and role model to other Italian Americans.
The Lodge has a selection committee for the Outstanding Italian American Award. Following a thorough review of all self-nominations from within or outside of the Lodge, or nominations put forth by Lodge members, and individuals and organizations from outside of the Lodge; the selection committee conducts a thorough assessment of each nomination to determine the winner. The winner of the Outstanding Italian American in North Carolina Award is honored at an awards dinner. The honoree is presented with a plaque for their contributions and shares his or her personal story on how their Italian American background influenced their personal and professional success.
All self-nominations for the award, and nominations made by others must complete the Nomination Application and submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8/31/2022.
2021’s Outstanding Italian-American in North Carolina.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Shelley Berardinelli McPhatter, has been selected as 2021’s Outstanding Italian-American in North Carolina.
Shelley is an Italian-American who grew up in the Pittsburgh area and the president of Bridgepoint General Contracting. Shelley is also a Festa Italiana board member.
My mom, Quintilla or “Quin”, is first generation Italian American. Her mother, Euphemia DiRocco, and father, Antonio DiRocco, came over from the Province of Chieti, in the Abruzzo region in Italy, when they were 10 and 18, respectively. They married and eventually settled in Mariana, PA. My grandfather worked in the coal mine, and my grandmother stayed home. They had four children: Ann, Dominic, Achille, and Quintilla.
My father is Russian and French Canadian, and was born in Canada. His mother and father divorced when he was very young. His mother married Joseph Berardinelli when my father was very young, and Joe adopted him. He was raised with an Italian upbringing in Cokeburg, PA.
I grew up in Washington, PA, about 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh. I went to a Catholic School in Washington until the 8th grade. My mom has continued many Italian traditions, such as making homemade biscotti, gnocchi, ravioli, and other Italian dishes and desserts.
We grew up going to festivals in Pennsylvania and always enjoyed the Italian festival in Pittsburgh. I brought my family to Festa Italiana the first two years and am honored to be part of the Board of directors, responsible for growing this event and strengthening the Italian heritage in Raleigh and the region!
I am a mom of three: Morgan and Sydney, 18, and Andrew, 15. I am remarried to David White and serve as president of BridgePoint General Contracting in Durham, NC.
Founded in 2007 by Shelley McPhatter , BridgePoint is a full-service construction company with expertise developing commercial projects in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. BridgePoint distinguishes itself by providing unmatched focus on client needs and incredible attention to detail. Our dedication is evidenced by our many repeat clients who have experienced BridgePoint’s commitment to communication, safety, innovation and quality. Here are some of Shelley’s awards:
2021 NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame
2020 Triangle Business Journal Women in Business Award
2019 Triangle Impact Award Woman of Influence
2010 Triangle Business Journal, 40 Under 40, Shelley McPhatter
Previous Winners of Outstanding Italian / American of North Carolina
2020 – Mark Spano
2019 – Thomas J. Vitaglione
2018 – Paul Paolicelli
2017 – Larry Vellani
2016 – Michael Miragliuolo
2015 – George Cattalona
2014 – Judge Ann Marie Calabria
2013 – Prof. Joseph DeSimone