A charitable organization supporting young Texans

2011 Scholarship Recipients


The Annual TIASF Scholarship Luncheon

August 6, 2011

Damian's Cucina Italiana


$17,000.00 in scholarships was presented to deserving student-athletes at the 2011 Scholarships Awards Luncheon at Damian’s Restaurant.  Master of Ceremonies Milo Hamilton, the radio voice of the Houston Astros, welcomed the recipients and provided humorous baseball stories.  Faces in the crowd included Astros players Clint Barmes, Mark Melancon, Brian Bogusevic, Jordan Lyles and David Carpenter. Also in attendance, Astros Senior Director of Social Media Alyson Footer, Astros Equipment Manager Emeritus Dennis Liborio, former Astros great Bob Aspromonte, HBU Athletic Director Steve Moniaci and St. Thomas High School Athletic Director Mike Netzel.  TIASF’s 2011 special guest of honor was Astros TV broadcaster Bill Brown, celebrating 25 years of outstanding service with the Astros. The newly announced Glen Roney Scholarship was awarded to the freshmen recipients. Mr. Roney and his wife, Rita Kay, beamed with joy as the student-athletes accepted their scholarships. The late Charles W. Patronella joined the ranks of Memorial Scholarships.





Johnny B. Mandola


Carlo Dechiro

Vice President

Daniel Sessions


Paul Galante


Ross Gagliano

Scholarships Chairman


Sam Biondo •  Charlie Cash  • Sandy Embesi • Sam Listi • Michael Patronella • Lynda Pontecorvo • Noxie Romano



Joe (Bubba) Butera • Matt Galante • Ciro Lampasas, Sr. • Damian Mandola • Frankie J. Pizzatola III • Cindy Richardson


Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation   •    713-863-0056   •   info@TIASF.org   •   PO Box 130163   •   Houston, TX  77219-0163