The stories below were shared by the families of BCNY alumni whose lives were greatly impacted by their time at The Boys’ Club of New York.
We are incredibly thankful to those families for sharing their loved ones’ stories with us.
NED (NUNZIO) MICELLI (1928-2017)
Ned (Nunzio) Micelli was a member of the Harriman Clubhouse in the 1930s. He attended the Boys’ Club summer camp and received a full basketball scholarship to Iona College and Temple University.
Founded in 1947 on his father Joseph, the Micelli Chocolate Mold Company produced custom metal molds for major chocolate factories. Today, Micelli Chocolate Mold Co. is the largest manufacturer of chocolate molds in North America.
Mr. Micelli’s daughter said that her father always spoke of the important role the Boys’ Club played in his life. He made sure he gave back to the Boys’ Club and encouraged his fellow alumni to do the same.
JOSEPH SAVOCA (1920-2017)
Joseph Savoca said he lived the “American Dream” and credited The Boys’ Club of New York with helping him achieve it. Born in New York City in 1920, he joined the Boys’ Club to swim, take art classes, publish a weekly newspaper and participate in team sports.
At the Boys’ Club he was introduced to two lifelong loves: golf and painting. He learned how to play golf as a caddy at the Boys’ Club summer camp in Long Island. He was introduced to painting during a BCNY trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Back at the Boys’ Club, he developed an interest and aptitude for painting – a hobby he enjoyed throughout his life.
With the guidance of the Boys’ Club, Mr. Savoca graduated from Stuyvesant High School and went on to receive BS in Chemistry from Brooklyn College and an MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Tulsa. He spent 34 years at Mobil where he had the opportunity to travel to every continent. When he traveled, he made a point to visit the world’s best museums because the Boys’ Club taught him to appreciate art.
Below are photos of paintings made by Mr. Savoca – treasures from a lifelong interest in art.