Video of Basilone parade - Hillsborough UNICO 2019

Basilone Day with Hillsborough UNICO

Miss unico Hillsborough 2019-20 selected


UNICO Hillsborough chapter is proud to announce the selection of Alyssa Freda of Hillsborough as Miss UNICO for 2019-20. She graduated from Hillsborough High School and is currently attending Raritan Valley Community College. Her goal upon completing her associate degree will be to further her education with a bachelor’s degree and ultimately obtain her master’s degree in Sports Marketing.

Ms. Freda has a strong history of helping her community as a volunteer at SAVE (a local animal shelter) spending time with kittens and cleaning out their litter boxes and at a local shelter, Safe + Sound Somerset, where she organized two different food drives and some data entry.

Alyssa likes to stay active exercising at the gym and taking Jiu Jitsu classes. She really enjoys the physically demanding martial art because it teaches her self-defense in a fun and challenging environment. When she’s not working out, Ms. Freda enjoys reading a good book - one of her favorite ways to unwind.

Miss UNICO Hillsborough is prideful of her deep-rooted Italian heritage. Her great-grandparents traveled from Naples, Italy to America via Ellis Island. Ms. Freda loves spending the holidays with her “loud and crazy” extended family; Christmas Eve with her Dad’s side and Christmas Day with her Mom’s side of the family. Additionally, she looks forward to big pasta dinners during the winter, when her mother makes her delicious gravy and the whole family spends evenings together.

On August 17th Miss UNICO Hillsborough 2019-20 made her first public appearance at the Hillsborough Rotary Fair Family Fun Day dedicated to families with children and young adults with special needs.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve as Miss UNICO and honored to represent the Township of Hillsborough,” stated Miss UNICO Alyssa Freda.

“The members of Hillsborough UNICO and I are pleased to have Ms. Freda represent our local Hillsborough Chapter and continue this important tradition,” stated UNICO President Nate Santaromita.


Qualifications for MisS UNICO Hillsborough

Miss UNICO will receive a $1,000 Scholarship from Hillsborough UNICO

Applicants must fit the following criteria:  

  • At least 50% Italian
  • A resident of Hillsborough, NJ
  • Plan to continue her education
  • Between the ages of 18 to 25 years old
  • Must be comfortable speaking in public
  • Must learn the Motto and purpose of UNICO
  • Attend the Hillsborough Rotary Fair Special Needs Day, Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Attend the John Basilone Parade in Raritan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019
  • Attend Comedy Night Fundraiser, Saturday, November 23, 2019

Past Miss UNICO Hillsborough Title Holders

2014-15 Sabrina Lombardi

2015-16 Amanda Castellano

2016 -17Alexandra Donnadio

2017-18 Kimberly Santaromita 

2018-19  Kirsten Clerico

L to R: Former VP Anthony Ferrera,
 Kirsten Clerico, Miss UNICO 2018-19 and VP Mariann Cialdella

L to R: Former VP Anthony Ferrera,

 Kirsten Clerico, Miss UNICO 2018-19 and VP Mariann Cialdella