In October of 1977, twelve hundred people came to a Columbus Day Dinner Dance
in Livonia, Michigan, organized by a group called the Italian American Friends of
Ed McNamara, Mayor of that City. They raised $5,000 for the Mayor and the party was the social event of the season.
Nineteen of those Italian-Americans gathered at Nicky’s (a popular dining place in Livonia owned by Nick Canzano) on October 13, 1977 to discuss the fundraiser. At that time, they decided they liked being together and worked well together and they organized the club that became known as The Italian American Club of Livonia.
The Club held its first Millionaire’s Party in February of 1981 which raised over $3,000.00 Then in August of 1981, the Clubhouse at 9611 Hubbard in Livonia was purchased at a cost of $33,000 with $15,000 as a down payment. Members pitched in to make the building, in disrepair, an enjoyable “home” until 1994.
In 1990 a momentous decision was made to build a new club-house/banquet facility and 5.21 acres of land on 5 Mile Road, and the I-275 expressway in Livonia was purchased on July 31st of that year. The old clubhouse was sold to the Livonia Jaycees. With President Tony Greco spearheading the effort, financing was obtained, ground broken in 1993 and building was completed in August of 1994. A Gala Grand Opening was held to celebrate a dream come true; a 26,000 sq. ft. facility on two levels.
The Italian American Banquet Center of Livonia has been in business ever since, and has successfully coordinated and catered thousands of memorable events for our Members and the public!