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Jim Plunkett: Pitching In to Help SGMG 2023 Italian Festival

BY PAM JOHNSON •  08/18/2023 06:43 AM EST • 08/18/2023 06:43 AM EST

As Jim Plunkett is happy to attest, as with all fundraising events created by all-volunteer St. George Men’s Group (SGMG), its annual Italian Festival started out as a good idea to provide nimble, needed response to an important cause.

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Amazing Support

BY CHRISTI BURTON • 06/21/2023 ZIP06 Guilford Courier

Meals on Wheels would like to thank The Market Place at Guilford Food Center for choosing our organization to be the beneficiary of the “Round Up” program in July. Every month they choose a very worthwhile local cause or organization to support, and we truly appreciate being part of this program. We also appreciate the customers who choose to round up for us.

Secondly, we would like to thank the St. George Mens Group. All year long, they do wonderful things in our community. In May, they held a fun, unique event called the Murder Mystery at St. George Church, of which Meals on Wheels was the chosen beneficiary.

We are truly blessed to have such amazing support from our community.

Christi Burton

SGMG Murder Mystery Dinner



05/10/2023 07:27 AM EST • 05/10/2023 07:27 AM EST

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Photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Courier

The Saint George Men’s Group held a Murder Mystery Dinner on May 6, at St. George Hall, with proceeds benefiting the Guilford Meals on Wheels program. The evening drew 85 diners, each given an interrogation sheet to roam the room asking questions to solve the crime. Here, Church Operations Manager Francine Wainer plays the part of the victim.


St. George Men’s Group’s Italian Festival 2022 Set For Aug. 26, 27 2022

Proceeds go to APK Charities

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Last Years Italian Festival Proceeds went to the Community Dining Room


It gives us great pleasure to present this year’s Italian Festival recipient – The Community Dining Room – @CommunityDiningRoom06405  accepting the check is CDR Director, Judy Barron, and Tony Pinto, Co-Chair, Board of Directors from  James Mancini Chairman of the Italian Festival


Congratulations to Naples Restaurant & Pizza, Guilford Owner John Mazzarella and his team of Meatball artist! John is presented with the 2021 Italian Festival Meatball Contest winner’s plaque by SGMG member Jim Mancini. John received the award on Friday October 8th. Thank you Naples Pizza and staff you helped make our 2021 Italian a great success. We are looking forward to seeing you all next year. If you haven’t had Naples meatballs visit them soon and try them for yourself. #meatballs #SGMG #2021italianfestival #guilfordct

DePalma Helps St. George Men’s Group Cook Up CDR Support, Italian Style




Italian Festival 2021: WTNH CTSTYLE Video

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s fair season in Connecticut, best time of the year and coming up in Guilford is the Italian Festival sponsored by the St. George’s Men’s Group.

We’re talking cannoli’s, sausage, and peppers, and more.

Here to tell us more about it is James Mancini, Chairman of the St. George’s Men’s Group Italian Festival.

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St George Men’s Group Helps the young organizers of grassroots Guilford Racial Equality Project (GREP) in the group’s first awareness-raising event in town, Drive-In for Justice. On Monday, Aug. 10, a drive-in movie screen was set up behind St. George’s Catholic Church for a free viewing of the award-winning 2019 film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson.

The Men’s group helped park cars and direct traffic to sell out crowd of over 90 cars!.

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Mangia! It’s the St. George Italian Fest

August 23 and 24, 2019

Food, music, and a weekend of games and fellowship are returning to Guilford this month, in the form of St. George’s Church annual Italian Festival. Organized by the St. George’s Men’s Group, the event has grown over the past six years into a two-day extravaganza featuring live music, lawn games, cooking competitions, and of course, as much delicious home-made Italian food as you can eat.


Grape Stomping Contest



Rat Pack Dinner Dance

GUILFORD COURIER (10/10/2018):
The St. George Men’s Group hosted a Rat Pack-themed dinner dance that included a raffle, 1960s Las Vegas-era dinner, cocktail hour, music, and comedy on Oct. 6. Funds raised benefited APK Charities in memory of Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces. The charities raise awareness and support for military families and personnel.


Peter Perkins


Italian Festival

August 24 and 25, 2018

Whether he’s stirring up sauce, manning a smoker, swinging a hammer, or supporting local farming, Peter Perkins is one of those guys who, as he says, is “willing to sweat for somebody else.” As a member of the St. George Men’s Group (SGMG), Peter will soon be at the heart of the group’s popular Italian Festival—just look for the guy cooking up sausage and peppers or Philly steak and cheese subs, and you’ll find him.


Randy McCartney


St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

March 17, 2018

With a last name that evokes a son of Ireland, it may come as no surprise that Randy McCartney is happy to help promote the St. George Men’s Group St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, coming this Saturday, March 17 to St. George Church Hall, 33 Whitfield Street, Guilford. Event proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America.



Italian Festival

The St. George’s Men’s Group chose the Women & Family Life Center as the sole beneficiary of its fourth annual Italian Festival. In this photo, Jeff Trombetta, Ray Guimont, Jim Mancini, Tony Sicignano, and Larry DeFrancesco of the St. George’s Men’s Group are presenting Women & Family Life Center Board member Barbara Dudley and Executive Director Peggy Britt with a check for $17,000.


Tony Sicignano


“World’s Fare” Buffet Dinner

February 11, 2017

The World’s Fare Buffet is set for Saturday, Feb. 11 (snow date, Feb. 12) from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the St. George Church Hall, 33 Whitfield Street. Cuisine from points around the world—including Poland, Mexico, Germany, Brazil, America, Ireland, Italy, and India—will be served up, buffet-style, for ticket holders to enjoy. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to a fund that helps St. George Men’s Group respond to charitable needs and foster future fundraising events for charitable causes.


Chef Jeff

Chef Jeff Trombetta


Kentucky Derby Dinner Dance

May 7, 2016

All funds raised will benefit Guilford Foundation

When the St. George Men’s Group Kentucky Derby fundraiser breaks from the starting gate on Saturday, May 7, the night’s delicious, Derby-themed fare will arrive with posttime perfection thanks to chef de cuisine and virtuoso volunteer Jeff Trombetta.


Bill White


Italian Festival

August 28 and 29, 2015

All funds raised will benefit Local Fuel Assistance programs

Even though last year’s Italian Festival included a soggy Saturday night, St. George Men’s Group proved they can draw a crowd and raise money for a great cause, rain or shine. But as group treasurer, Bill White is hoping for two great days of fest weather this year.


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