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St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters sent over 120 students from St. Vincent Ferrer High School to a performance of "The Little Flower" produced by MNA Productions, Inc. This one-man-play about the life of NYC Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia was performed by our good friend and supporter Tony Lo Bianco. Tony has appeared in the film "The French Connection," numerous Broadway plays and television shows, and is our Celebrity Auctioneer at our annual "Doodle for Hunger" Celebrity Art Auction. School Principal Sr. Gail Morgan and Assistant Principal Sr. Martha Kunesh were thrilled when we invited them and their students to attend the play. Chris Schembra, Associate Producer/Coordinator with MNA Productions, Inc. provided study guides which were sent to the students prior to seeing the performance. These were incorporated in their social studies classes as they learned about Mayor La Guardia. On the day of the performance the students, teachers and parent chaperones took a short walk from their school to the Dicapo Opera Theatre. Everyone was excited to see the show. Following the performance Tony spoke to the students and answered their questions about the play and Mayor La Guardia. This was a wonderful afternoon for them - and a nice look into the history of one of New York City's finest Mayors.



Students and Faculty took a short walk to the Dicapo Opera Theatre for the play. Over 120 students from St. Vincent Ferrer High School filled the auditorium.


Tony Lo Bianco as Mayor La Guardia. Chris Schembra and Sr. Martha Kunesh, Assistant Principal.


The students were excited to see "The Little Flower." Mayor La Guardia was famous for reading the comics on the radio during a NYC newspaper strike.


"It is so much fun seeing a live performance in a theatre!" The play was a collection of the Mayor's reflections on his last day in office.

Joe Sano, Executive Director of St. Francis Food Pantries with Tony Lo Bianco and Sr. Martha Kunesh.
The students enjoyed learning some of New York's history.
Tony answered questions from the students at the end of the play.
Everyone enjoyed the performance.
"Thank you St. Francis Food Pantries for a wonderful, fun afternoon!"