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Lisa and Rino Caruccio Named 2018 Citizens of the Year

Apr 3, 2019 - The City Council began recognizing outstanding efforts of citizens in 1990 and has continued this tradition for more than 25 years.
Honorees are individuals or entities whose achievements may have gone unrecognized in some settings, but who have improved Island life through a broad base of community service, fundraising, or other means.  This year's recipients (for 2018) are Lisa and Rino Caruccio, who have been greatly involved in the community since becoming residents in 2006, and who opened a unique state-of-the-art culinary event center (Caruccio’s) in the Town Center in 2017 to expand their community support and involvement.
Their children went through the Mercer Island Schools and have been involved in the City’s VOICE service program, National Charity League, and high school sports.  The Caruccio’s are St. Monica parishioners, regular donors to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, and key donors to the Mercer Island Schools Foundation.
Through their event center, Lisa and Rino are happy to nurture the community and encourage people to build relationships and treasure them.  For example, they employ Fare Start employees, helping people with barriers to employment get the skills they need for a real career; prepare and donate 20 full Thanksgiving meals for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services; support local youth and schools by offering a special rate for school organizations; create an inviting space for “Celebration of Life” events on the island; and host the popular Wine Wednesday event, bringing 150-200 people together for food, wine, and live music at community tables. Lisa and Rino also take special care and interest in their senior friends across the street at the Aljoya retirement community, know them by name, and make sure they always feel treated like royalty.
The Caruccio’s are truly passionate about and committed to the Mercer Island community - the breadth and depth of their support for the people and the culture on this Island is commendable and deeply appreciated. 
Click here to view past Citizens of the Year.


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