3-Minute Interview: Gianrico Pierucci

The San Francisco Police Department inspector is on the board of directors at the Italian Athletic Club and has been instrumental in organizing the 90th anniversary of the center, which will take place Aug. 16 in North Beach.

When did the idea come up to have a festival celebrating the athletic club’s 90th anniversary? A lot of people involved with the club thought it would be a great idea to celebrate its longevity.

What are some of the highlights of Saturday’s festival? We’ll have some music to start the festival, followed by some speakers, some great Italian food and some other real amazing entertainers.

How long have you been involved with the club? I’ve been with the club over 20 years. It’s been a tradition in my family. My father and uncle were in the club, and I want to continue that tradition through my family.

What does it mean to be a part of the Italian Athletic Club? I’ve met so many influential people through my involvement with the club. They’ve always said, “Never let your culture down by not promoting it.”

What is the makeup of the club’s membership? Initially it was a lot of older people from the North Beach area, but now we’re seeing all sorts of young people from all over the Bay join the club.

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