Benvenuto a The Dolly Sinatra Lodge !!! 

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


(Check out the Upcoming Events box on our home page or the Lodge Calendar for details about  our wonderful Wednesday Night Pasta Socials and other activities)


(October 4th 2017 through May 23rd 2018 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 (we're on the north side of Vista Chino between Sunrise and Farrell)

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


Clubhouse Phone: 1-760-416-3184 (not for reservations; if you need to reserve, call Lori Harvey at 1-760-360-6255 or email her at )

Event Reservations: 1-760-360-6255 or email (Lori Harvey)

Questions or Suggestions?  (not for reservations; call Lori Harvey at 1-760-360-6255 or email her at


Bob Cotugno, Joe LaPorta
Rene Troiano
Carmela Cotugno
Laurie Tappero
Entertainment and Events
Lori Harvey (Event Reservations)
Carol Camelot  (newsletter editor)
Nick Pace & Ken Bloss (website directors)
Andy Casey (staff writer extraordinaire)

Meet Our Officers...

President:                             Joseph LaPorta

Vice President:                    Frank DiSalvo

Past President:                    Carmela Cotugno

Financial Secretary:           Jeff Frisco

Recording Secretary:         Angela Galtfelter

Treasurer:                            Laura Tappero

Orator:                                  Renee Troiano

Trustees:                              Robert Cotugno

                                               Gerald Gugino

                                               Joseph Gallitto

                                               Joseph Sassarossi


Sergeant-at-Arms:             John "Jack" Brennan

Master of Ceremonies:      Patrick Evans

Mistress of Ceremonies:   OPEN

Historian:                            Patti Pandolfo Sanner

Herald:                                 Fred Branca

State Deputy:                      David Cerboni

State Trustee:                      Marco Zonni

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

****  Pasta Socials on most Wednesday Nights from October 4th, 2017 through May 23rd, 2018 (see Calendar for more details and updated schedule; $15 for members, $20 for guests (most nights), $6 for kids under 12)


**** Upcoming entertainment lineup for our Fabulous Wednesday Pasta Socials:   

             February 7          Frank DiSalvo         $15 members/$20 guests
             February 14        Larry Capeloto        $15 members/$20 guests
             February 21        Michael D'Angelo   $15 members/$20 guests
             February 28       Gerald Colucci         $15 members/$20 guests


**** "An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber," Presented by Rose Kingsley (Indian Wells Theater, Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30pm) (see flyer on our home page)

**** Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner  (March 14, $18 members / $20 guests)

**** Annual Dinner Dance for the 2017-2018 Season: Sunday, April 8, 2018, 6:00 PM
Our 41st Annual Dinner Dance will be at the always fun Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage.  Come dance the night away with us from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.  Reservations required, of course ($75 per pair of dancing shoes).   Choice of Chicken Picata or Grilled Tofu.  See flyer below for more information...


**** Super Duper Raffle for the Annual Dinner Dance

At the April 8th event we will have a raffle for a superb prize collective such as a $400 Two Night Stay at Agua Caliente Resort--altogether a $700 value for the package for one lucky winner.  Just $10 donation per raffle ticket.  Buy tickets along with your dance fees.   See raffle purchase request below for more information...




"An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber," Presented by Rose Kingsley (Sat., Feb 24, 7:30pm at the Indian Wells Theater)

Please attend a special show presented by Rose Kingsley called "An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber" at the Indian Wells Theater because a portion of the profit will be donated to our lodge.  Here's the scoop:  Entertainer Gary Aldrich will be singing on Saturday, February 24, at a 7:30 p.m. show.  Tickets are $25 each.  See flyer below.  Let's make a Sons of Italy lodge demonstration of support.





Don't why we Italians get such a kick out of drinking green beer, and devouring corned beef and cabbage, green beans and a surprise dessert.  But we do at our lodge, and celebrate the Irish to do it.  So, join us Wednesday, March 14, at our lodge for a non-Italian dinner.  Reservations required.  $18 members/$20 nonmembers.  Call Lori at (760) 360-6255.















Remembering Carmen Cartugo 

Carmen Cartugo was a force to be reckoned with, as she was a prominent member of our lodge for 14 years.  She passed on recently, and we are told that her Celebration of Life will be held in Riverside. Her contributions will always be remembered.  

Monday, February 5  Viewing: 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. Forest Lawn, 82975 Requa Avenue, Indio \ (800) 204-3131

Tuesday, February 6  Service: 10:00 a.m. Sacred Heart Church, 43775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert \ (760) 346-6502

 Tuesday, February 6  Burial Service: 2:15 p.m. Riverside National Cemetery







You should have received an email or snail mail envelope in early December for your dues for 2018.  The annual renewal fee is $65 per person.  New members pay $75.  Please pay AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so that we can be sure to cover our expenses.  Thanks.


We always need volunteers for the cooking committee and for various other tasks.  Please contact Joe Laporta for your choice of opportunities to help out.  Planning is underway to plan our events and improvements for our lodge and our activities.  We may have lost some volunteers over the summer, so if you would like to contribute of your time and talents, or if you have any ideas for the coming season starting in October, just let Joe know.


Consider supporting our Lodge with an ad on our Lodge's website.  A business card-sized ad is just $100 for the year.  Talk to Joe LaPorta.


Do welcome new members at our dinners and events.  Everyone likes a handshake and a smile.  It costs nothing but gives dividends!


Please send along your favorite Italian recipes; photos related to the Lodge, Italian culture, or your family and friends (please include date and caption); news;  and anything else you think is worthy of being posted on the website to .   Thanks!



Weekly Pasta Socials!

Put a little BadaBing!! into your Wednesday nights and join us for our regular weekly pasta social. Enjoy good Italian food, good company, and a good way to get past hump day.  Wonderful live music (heavy on the Sinatra, of course...) almost every Wednesday (see the Upcoming Events section on the home page for the current talent line-up).   The Lodge opens at 5:00pm, dinner service begins at 5:30pm.  Just $15 for members, $20 for guests, $6 for kids under 12 (guests must by accompanied by a paying member).  Every Wednesday beginning October 4, 2017 through May 23, 2018  (NOTE: Closed during some holiday weeks).  Proceeds help support Lodge activities.   Check the Upcoming Events section on the Lodge's website homepage at for the latest details about prices, music lineups, and holiday schedules.

So you won't be turned away, make a reservation for the Weekly Pasta Socials...Call Lori Harvey at 1-760-360-6255 or email her at today!










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


Colonel Jack and His Favorite Comrades-in-Arms


Another example of why Jack Brennan is one classy guy:  Rosie, Renee, Laurie, Patti, Angela, and Lori are each wearing his generous gift of a personally embroidered official White House apron...  Wow!


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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