Benvenuto a The Dolly Sinatra Lodge !!! 

In Beautiful Palm Springs, California
Lodge # 2400, Order Sons of Italy in America

* Christmas Party! (Dec. 6., 6:00pm)

* Don't Miss the Special Music Nights! (First Wednesday of Each Month)


(October 1, 2014 through May 28, 2015 at our Lodge...  Check calendar for schedule, hours, and prices)

palm_springs_03.jpgWe Love Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley!!

italian-flag.gifWe're Proud to be Italian-Americans!!!

Come for a Visit...


Lodge Address: 1700 E. Sahara Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Palm Springs, CA 92263


Clubhouse Phone: 1-760-416-3184

Questions or Suggestions? 


Bob Cotugno, Joe LaPorta, Daniel Bloss
Rene Troiano
Carmela Cotugno
Laurie Tappero
Calogero "Charlie" Frumusa
Entertainment and Events
Open (newsletter editor)
Nick Pace & Ken Bloss (website directors)

Meet Our Officers...

President:                              Joseph LaPorta

Vice President:                    Frank DiSalvo

Past President:                    Carmela Cotugno

Financial Secretary:           Fred Branca

Recording Secretary:        Julia An D'Elia

Treasurer:                             Mary Serra

Orator:                                    Renee Troiano

Trustees:                                Robert Cotugno

                                                   Kenneth Bloss

                                                   Daniel Bloss

                                                   Joe Gallitto


Sergeant-at-Arms:             John "Jack" Brennan

Master of Ceremonies:    Patrick Evans

Mistress of Ceremonies: OPEN

Historian:                              Patti Orsini DiSalvo

Herald:                                    Jeff Frisco

Learn Who We Are...

The Order Sons of Italy in America  is a national organization of men and women who represent the estimated 26 million Americans of Italian heritage, dedicated to promoting our culture, our traditions, our language, the legacy of our ancestors, and our contributions to the U.S. and the world. We are sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers. We are corporate executives and we are union members...young students and retirees...teachers and attorneys...doctors and firefighters...bakers and Wall Street brokers...and everything in between. We are philanthropists and we are model global citizens with purpose beyond ourselves. And we are proud and patriotic Americans of Italian heritage. We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian American.

President's Corner

A note from our President, Joseph LaPorta...

Welcome to the website of the Dolly Sinatra Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America!  Feel free to take a look around, find out more about the Lodge and its activities, and perhaps learn something new about Italian-American culture, food, and history.  The Lodge welcomes folks of all backgrounds (everybody is Italian when they smile!) and invites all of you to come visit us at our Wednesday Night Pasta Socials or any of our other events, activities, and programs.  We’re always on the lookout for new members to join the Lodge and share in the fun, so please don’t hesitate to give me a shout if you’d like more information or just want to say hi…

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


(you can always reach me at or at 1-760-416-3184)

Upcoming Events

 * Christmas Party (Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014....6pm-9pm)  (see Calendar for more details)

 * Pasta Socials: Wednesday Nights (see Calendar for more details and updated schedule)

 * Pasta Social music schedule (subject to change):

            - 1st Wednesday of each month: Frank DiSalvo & Friends! (reservations MANDATORY ...  Call Joe LaPorta at 1-760-219-9171... NOTE: dinner price for this day only is $15 for adults, $5 for children)

            -Wednesday, October 15:  Rose Kingsley

             -Wednesday, October 22:  Anthony Shene

            -Wednesday, October 29:  Anthony Shene

            -Wednesday, November 19:  Rose Kingsley

Weekly Pasta Socials!

Put a little BadaBing!! into your Wednesday nights and join us for our regular weekly pasta social, which is always open to the public. Enjoy good Italian food, good company, and a good way to get past hump day.  No-host bar at the Lodge opens at 5:00pm, dinner service begins at 5:30pm.  Just $10 for adults  (NOTE: $15 on the First Wednesday of the month special music nights, $12 on occasional celebrity chef nights), $5 for kids.  Every Wednesday beginning October 1, 2014 through May 27, 2015  (NOTE: Closed during some holiday weeks).  Proceeds help support Lodge activities.   Check calendar listings at for details.

So you won't be turned away, make a reservation for the Weekly Pasta Socials

Call Joe LaPorta at 1-760-219-9171 today!






Singer Spotlight:  Tony Di Jerlando




Tony Di Jerlando looks like a prize fighter, but the prize you get with him is his voice and his marvelous ability to sing and entertain!  Tony was born in California, moved to New Jersey briefly, and then came back to the Golden State, where he's been ever since.

Tony was a big part of the music scene in LA in the sixties, under contract with Capital Records by the time he was 14, and was managed by the same team that handled the great group Dino, Desi, and Billy.   He entertained at all the major venues around the LA and Valley area, like the Whiskey A Go-Go, Ye Little Club, and the Sportsman Lodge. This was the time of The Doors, Johnny Rivers, and Janis Joplin, and Tony was playing the same clubs and partying with them all.  He was a big part of that great era and, as you can imagine, had a glorious time!

He branched out to Vegas, singing at the Riveria and the Tropicana, and first sang here in Palm Springs at the Riveria Club in Palm Springs in 1967 as well as playing The Top of the Tram Club when the tram first opened.  Tony was also Jack Kent Cooke's favorite to sing our National Anthem at LA Laker games!

Then came Viet Nam, where he was attached to the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne.  Command soon heard of his singing career and moved him over to entertain the troops.  Back in the States, married to Robyn, a school teacher, and now with four kids of his own, Tony decided it was time for a career, and after obtaining his license he opened an insurance brokerage firm.  Here too he also had the Midas touch, with the operation growing to 2 offices and 27 employees, but alas it was all business and no singing…

Thankfully his son asked Tony to sing at his wedding a few years ago, and his singing career was reborn, with a voice as strong as ever.   For the last five years he's been entertaining residents of the Coachella Valley and beyond.

Tony is here at our Lodge ever second Wednesday of the month, and at the 360 Club in Palm Springs every Thursday. Don't miss him!

Now living in Claremont, and with Robyn retiring this year, we all look forward to them moving to our Valley, and giving us the chance to see more of this great entertainer…


Our Latest Scholarship Winner:

Ms. Marlee Gallitto


Nominate or encourage a local high school student

to apply for a Lodge college scholarship!

(see April 2014 newsletter for details)


Please come to the Annual Christmas Party to be held on Saturday, December 6th, at 6pm at our Lodge (will go until 9pm).    We'll have a lovely dinner plus entertainment from the great Larry Capeloto that night, and the unwrapped gift you bring to be donated to the kids at the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center will put the sparkle of Christmas into the eyes of someone who has had a really rough time.    RESERVATIONS ARE MANDATORY!  (we're limited to 80 tickets)    Get your tickets from Joe LaPorta.  Get a a check for $15 for each person to him by December 1st (call Joe at 760-219-9171  ; mail checks after you talk to him at 1536 Enclave Way, Palm Springs 92262).

From the Desert Sun, March 21, 2012: 

Sinatra Lodge offers dinner treat for Italians — and many others

3:53 PM, Mar. 21, 2012  |  

John Annarino

Special to MyDesert

I was recently invited to be a dinner guest at the Dolly Sinatra Lodge in Palm Springs.

Being a bona fide Italian, I fit right in.

When it was founded in l977 it was called The Palm Springs Lodge. But as a tribute to Dolly Sinatra's untiring charity work in the Palm Springs area and for sharing her only son, Francis Albert, with music lovers all over the world, the name was changed with the approval of the Supreme Lodge Order Sons of Italy.

The Lodge is really a house. That's where a $9 dinner is served every at 5 Wednesday to anyone who wants to come. It's always the same dinner, starting with appetizers and homemade soup. Then spaghetti and meatballs in sauce. Italian salad. Garlic bread. Dessert. Coffee. And, of course, wine, and other beverages. The night I was there we were serenaded by a gentleman who played the accordion as well as he sang.

“The Dolly Sinatra Lodge,” president Joe LaPorta, said “is dedicated to the enhancement of our Italian-American heritage and culture. We're also committed to helping the needy, and to awarding scholarships to students from our local high schools. This June, four students will receive scholarships.”

The Lodge, which operates on a volunteer basis, has also honored such performers as Sonny Bono, Keely Smith, Jerry Vale and Herb Jeffries. Most recently it honored retired colonel Jack Brennan who was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism while commanding the artillery in Khe Sahn, Vietnam and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered during that battle.

After Richard Nixon was elected president in 1968, Brennan was selected to be a presidential aide, and became the first person to have the title of Marine Corps Aide to the President. After Nixon's resignation, at Nixon's request, Brennan resigned from active duty in the Marine Corps and became Nixon's chief of staff. In the 2009 movie, “Frost/Nixon,” he was portrayed by Kevin Bacon.

Brennan divides his time between Cathedral City and Little Compton, R.I.

I asked him how he happened to come upon the Dolly Sinatra Lodge. “My dad was Irish, but my mother was Italian,” Brennan said, “so I grew up on good Italian food. When I was looking for a place to get a really good Italian meal around here, I came across a house with a sign that said the Dolly Sinatra Lodge. Well, that sure sounded Italian to me, so I went in — that was in 1995 — and I've been coming back ever since.”

Coming back to the Dolly Sinatra Lodge is what a lot of people do. People who want a good Italian dinner. People like me.

John Annarino is a Sun City Palm Desert resident. Reach him at

History of the Dolly Sinatra Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America


Established in 1905, the Order Sons of Italy in America has more than 60,000 members in over 650 Local Lodges and 60 Grand (State or Regional) Lodges.  The local lodge in the Palm Springs area is the Dolly Sinatra Lodge #2400.  The Order of Sons of Italy in America, its Grand Lodges, and its Local Lodges are non-profit fraternal organizations dedicated to charitable activities in combined and local endeavors.

The local lodge in Palm Springs received its charter from the Supreme Lodge Order of Sons of Italy in America on the 1st day of May 1977.  The charter members authorized to constitute a regular subordinate lodge in the Coachella Valley were Mr. Mark Carnevale, Mr. Emanuel Stillino, Mr. Salvatore DiBenedetto, Mr. James Nicholos, and Mr. Alan Livreri.  From those humble beginnings the lodge has grown in membership, momentum in community service, and charitable contributions.

Originally the lodge was known as “Palm Springs Lodge #2400” but shortly before it opened, a tragic airplane crash had taken the life of Mrs. Natalie "Dolly" Sinatra, the mother of world famous entertainer Mr. Frank Sinatra.  Mrs. Sinatra had been a fixture in the Coachella Valley for quite some time, spearheading a number of charitable efforts in the area, including ones for her beloved St. Louis Catholic Church in Cathedral City.  In 1984, Mr. Anthony "Tony"Riccio, noted Palm Springs entrepreneur and a very dear and trusted friend of Mr. Sinatra, was president of the lodge.  Through Mr. Riccio’s efforts and his friendship with Mr. Sinatra, the lodge received authorization from Mr. Sinatra to change its name to the “Dolly Sinatra Lodge #2400” to honor the memory of his mother who had done so much for the people of the greater Palm Springs area.  On the 9th day of April 1984, the Supreme Lodge Order of Sons of Italy in America approved, sealed, and issued a revised charter with the name change.

Over the years, the members of this lodge have expanded their commitment to help others in our society by donating time and money to various charitable organizations including the Mizell Senior Center, the Desert Blind and Handicapped Foundation, and the Palm Springs Stroke Center.  They also work diligently to fund the Lodge’s own college scholarship program for graduating high school students in local schools.

The Dolly Sinatra Lodge #2400 is dedicated to keeping Italian-American heritage and culture alive in America, and in the Coachella Valley in particular.  The aggressive participation of its membership in community activities is enabling the Dolly Sinatra Lodge to become one of the leading lodges affiliated with the Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America.

What's New on the Dolly Sinatra Website?


Check out the photos from our 2014-2015 Season Opening Night Pasta Social (Wed., October 1, 2014), which was a fabulous success!   See  Photo Gallery  for all the pictures...

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