Located and operated in the heart of Hershey, PA since 1920, The Hershey Italian Lodge (HIL) was established by a small group of Italian men and given the name "Nuova Societa Italiana Indipendente Di Mutuo Soccorso Per Uomini." In Italian, the translation is the Men’s New Independent Italian Mutual Benefit Society.
Today, the Hershey Italian Lodge is open to the public, but you must be a member to purchase alcohol or participate in any of our leagues including bocce, corn hole, darts and pool. Our smoke-free environment is a great place to take the family for a meal or meet a friend for a drink. You need not be Italian to join.
Our club includes two bars, a restaurant serving a traditional Italian menu along with casual dining favorites, and a banquet hall. The Lodge also includes four, full-sized bocce courts supporting a bocce league with over 60 teams in two divisions: Pizza and Stromboli.
The primary goal of the lodge is to preserve our Italian heritage and build a strong, close community. Our mission statement is, “…to provide a comfortable, friendly, affordable, family atmosphere for our members and guests.” The saying “Ieri, Oggi, Domaini, Sempre Fratelli” is the motto of the lodge. Translated, this means, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Always Brothers”. There are currently over 4,000 paid members. The Hershey Italian Lodge, where everyone is family.
The first Italian Lodge was located on Duke Street, Swatara Station, Pennsylvania and built in 1923.
In 1950, land was purchased on Hillcrest Road, Hershey, where eight years later a new building was a record, comprised of the eastern half of the present facility. This representative most significant visible step toward the familiar fulfillment of an Italian ethnic present in central Pennsylvania.
"For 100 years, the Italian Lodge is the place to feel welcome. You don't have be Italian to join, Join us for a nice meal and friendship."
2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Steve Cameron Vice President
Richard Sontag Financial Secretary
Tom DeDonatis Corresponding Secretary
Wayne Tulli Treasurer
Trustees: Roger Pellegrini, Andy Fischer, Bill Griffiths, Frank Grubic, Derek Diemideo, Rich Simonic
OUR 100-YEAR MISSION
Italian large was originally established as a society to help fellow Italians in need. It's formation stem from a need to provide a source of mutual assistance as well as a social center at foster the friendly and wholesome environment of Italian culture.