Greater Pittston YMCA will hold its 2019 dinner and community awards at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Gramercy Ballroom. This annual tradition hosted by the Greater Pittston YMCA honors leaders who have positively impacted the YMCA and the entire community.
This year’s honorees include:
Attorney Michael I. Butera, Lifetime Achievement Award
State Rep. Mike Carroll and state Sen. John Yudichak, Spirit of the Community Award
Landmark Community Bank, Corporate Distinction Award
Gloria Blandina, Sam Milazzo, Volunteer of the Year Award
Joey Jones, James and Jean Yates Youth Leadership Award
Michael Augello, Y Member Spotlight Award
Recipients were all selected for their leadership and service to the community through volunteer activities that bring about positive social change throughout the greater NEPA area.
Master of ceremonies will be attorney Neil O’Donnell.
Sponsorships and ads are now being accepted for the program booklet. Contact any Greater Pittston YMCA board member or Executive Director Janelle Drach at 570-655-2255, ext. 101 for a sponsorship packet. Presenting dinner sponsor for the event is Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services.
Tickets can be purchased at the Greater Pittston YMCA for $80 per person.
Attorney Michael I. Butera
Attorney Michael I. Butera has been practicing law at the same address on South Main Street in Pittston for 43 years. He is a 1969 graduate of Wyoming Area High School, a 1973 graduate of the University of Scranton, and a 1976 graduate of Temple University School of Law.
He served as an assistant district attorney in Luzerne County under then District Attorney Chester B. Muroski. He has been the attorney for the Housing Authority of the City of Pittston and is currently an assistant Luzerne County solicitor. He has served as the attorney for the Luzerne County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program and has served as a mental health review officer, presiding over hundreds of mental health commitment hearings. He is the attorney for the Luzerne County Intermediate Unit No. 18 and is a past member of its board of directors, having also served as president of the board. He is a past member of the Wyoming Area School District Board of Directors.
Butera is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association, where he has served on the executive committee and as past president of the association. He is past president of the Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Northeast Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is admitted to the practice of law in all state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Butera was a charter member of the Italian American Association of Luzerne County, a charter member of the St. Martin’s Society of Pittston, a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Pittston YMCA, where he has served as president of the board and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Pittston YMCA and a member of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce for more than 40 years.
Butera has been involved in many pro bono legal projects in both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and has provided free legal services for many charitable and civic organizations.
The son of the late Michael J. Butera and Laura J. Butera, he is a life resident of Greater Pittston. He is married to the former Mary Rohland, and has four children, attorney Laura M. Butera Campbell, Justina C. Butera, Michael S. Butera and Peter J. Butera, and five grandchildren, Christopher, Colin, Leonardo, Reza and Gia.