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"The Mystics" The Entire Group


Al Contrera, George Galfo, Phil Cracolici, Bobby Ferrante, & Albee Cracolici all from Brooklyn, New York.  The Mystics who started their career in the entertainment industry in 1958 as a member of the Overons which evolved into The Mystics.  The Mystics appeared with the group on several TV shows in the 50’s and 60’s including the Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. The doo-wop 

Mystics group released their hit song, "Hushabye" in 1959 which spent sixteen weeks on Billboard Hot 100 and nine of those weeks in the top 40.  The MYSTICS have withstood the test of time & continue to bring to their music to their fans ... To be part of the audience is an experience within itself ... a trip down memory lane for all ages! ...Let us go back in time to 1959. The key words here are doo-wop and harmony – light, simple & ever so beautiful.  It was the late 50’s & the words were heard on the airwaves and fans sung along “Hushabye, hushabye – oh my darling don't you cry, Guardian angel from above – take care of the one I love”.

Former "Boxer" & Author of "Second Impact - The Ray Ciancaglini Story"


Ray Ciancaglini, a native of Geneva, New York, is a former professional boxer and award winning concussion awareness activist. His personal life story was featured nationally by ABC News which has been the subject of two New York Associated Press and New York News Publishers Award-winning stories.

Ray was instrumental in getting the Concussion Management Awareness Act passed into New York State Law. Ray was a former highly regarded boxer (middleweight 1966 - 1974) who authored the book "Second Impact".

"Founder & Singer of The Mystics"


George Galfo, born in December in Brooklyn, New York. George was the original founding member of The Mystics who started his career in the entertainment industry in 1958 as a member of the Overons, that group evolved into The Mystics. As The Mystics original second tenor, George appeared with the group on several TV shows in the 50’s and 60’s including the Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. The doowop Mystics group released their hit song, "Hushabye" in 1959 which spent sixteen weeks on Billboard Hot 100 and nine of those weeks in the top 40.

"Founder & Singer of The Mystics"


Phil Cracolici, started singing in 1956 with friends and soon after, formed The Overons with his brother Albee & nephew George Galfo,, which later became known as The Mystics. Phil is the original lead singer of the group’s 1959 #1 hit “Hushabye”, as well as their highly-regarded follow-up “Don’t Take the Stars”.. Prior to joining his nephew George in 2011, he was with the Brooklyn Reunion (along with The Classics & The Passions) performing throughout the NY area and on PBS-TV specials. Phil has been inducted into The Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame, Los Angeles, CA.- March 14th, 2015

"Comedian & Actor"


Mike Marino is known to millions of his fans worldwide as the New Jersey’s Bad Boy – he is one of the most loved comedians of our time. He has performed in every major comedy club, theatre, casino and event center from New York to Los Angeles and around the world. In the Fall of 2008, Mike was inducted into the New Jersey Comedy Hall of Fame and in 2015 he won the USO Bob Hope Comedy Award for his many performances for the military. He has also been featured on numerous talk shows and has hosted some of the most prestigious award shows including The Beverly Hills Film Awards, Hoboken Film Festival, Montreal Quintus Film Festival and countless corporate events. 

"Actress aka Patty and Patty"


Anita Salvate is a renowned and well known actress (aka Patty Martucci) is the author of the one-act play, "Patty and Patty". Played many roles whose credits include: Theatre, TV, & Film that include, The Sopranos, SNL, MTV’s Nickelodeon, Raging Bull, Cowboy Way, & many others. Anita has been heard on WNYC’s Kids America’s , Mystery History Show as various historical characters for syndicated cities across the U.S.   She appeared in the Shortened Attention Span One Act Festival at the Player’s Theatre in NYC, where she performed “Patty” in Patty and Patty - A Conversation.  

"Actress aka Patty and Patty"


Marilyn Matarrese is a renowned and well known actress (aka Patty Scardino) co-writer of "Patty and Patty".  Marilyn is an actress, singer and hand model whose credits include:

Film: Thirsty, Coffee to Go, MIAMI OR BUST - A Hoboken Bet, Lbs., Four Deadly Reasons, The Observer, The Hollow Tree, The Old Man and the Seymour. 

Theatre: Off-Broadway: Belle Stark in The Peccadillo Theater Company's Revival of Clifford Odets' Rocket to the Moon, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, The Bonus Army, A Taste of Honey at The Cherry Lane Theater, Revenge in the Mob, Christmas Rappings (An Oratorio); ‘night Mother at the Edinburgh Fringe 

"Opera Singer & Actress"


Cristina Fontanelli has become a well-known personality through her recordings, her appearances on TV, radio, in concert, nightclubs, and opera, and through her acting debut on network television. She has appeared as PBS-TV/NY affiliates host for Andrea Bocelli’s “Live From Central Park” also starring Celine Dion and Tony Bennett; for the “Il Volo Takes Flight” special; Vienna Boys Choir and Qi Gong PBS-TV Specials. In November of 2014 Cristina was chosen by the Italian government as a world-wide representative of the Puglia region to sing in Bari, Italy. 

"Singer & Entertainer"


Biagio is a renowned Italian/American singer and entertainer known worldwide for the modern beat twist to many of the Italian music classic hits. Fans love his interaction and crowd participation performances. Biagio has appeared on countless Italian/American Festivals around the world! A true gentleman with a heart of gold and good friend.

"Co-Host of 100 Proof Living - a Criminal"


Chris spent his career in sales and leadership with some of the largest healthcare corporations in the world. Through a broken season, he became desperately addicted to alcohol and made some destructive life choices. With a strong faith, grit, courage and commitment to a plan, his story has become one of recovery and hope. Chris is a New York State Certified Recovery Peer Advocate in an Emergency Room setting, a volunteer Ambassador with Shatterproof, Owner of Riser Business and Media, LLC and is enjoying a revitalized career in healthcare diagnostics.

"Co-Host of 100 Proof Living - a Cop"


Brian has worked over 20 years in law enforcement. He has also spent several years working in dignitary protection in the Middle East. Brian is currently in Law Enforcement in Iowa.  He has a BA in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a MA in Theological Studies from Liberty University. Brian is passionate about the value of human life and breaking stigma associated with law enforcement.

"100 Proof Living - Community Ambassador"


Caitlin is a New York State Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, team member of Connections Rounded Recovery and a Peer in the Ontario County Drug Court. She has an ongoing commitment to schools, community organizations and supplemental support efforts. She has tremendous passion for her community.  She is seen as an innovative leader. Her skills and drive have been forged through the fire of personal tragedy, struggle and victory.