Mike and Laura Bonadonna were named Family of the Month for November by the St. Scholastica Knights of Columbus Council 14485, in Lecanto.
In 1998, they moved from Hawthorne, New Jersey to Citrus County, having lived in New Jersey all of their lives. Mike and Laura currently live in Clearview Estates of Citrus Hills and have two daughters and are expecting their first grandchild.
In 2008, Mike joined the Knights of Columbus and became a charter member of St. Scholastica Knights Council, being one of the original members to petition for a charter for the local council from the Supreme Council. He is coordinator of food preparation for St. Scholastica Council. Mike plans meals, orders food, assists in cooking and is responsible for the overall operation for the kitchen. Food is prepared for monthly breakfasts and fundraising dinners/dances throughout the year. He helped establish and assists in planning and running the annual car show for the Council. Utilizing his mechanical skills, Mike repaired the steering mechanism on the transport van for Don Bosco’s Children Home. He also welded and repaired a gazebo on the grounds of the Don Bosco’s Children Home. As Family Director of the Council, Mike is in charge of the Brown Bag Food Drive and planning the Annual Mass for Deceased Knights. He is an usher for St. Scholastica Parish.
Laura was active with the local PTA in their hometown in New Jersey. She helps Mike with some of his duties with the Knights and is Treasurer of Citrus County Mopar Club.
Mike received an Electrical Engineering Degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. He worked for Singer Kearfott as a Production Engineer. He later became an entrepreneur, running an electronics repair shop. Laura graduated from Kathleen Gibbs Secretarial School in Montclair, New Jersey. She worked in Accounts Payable for a graphic arts company.
Mike enjoys restoring vintage cars. He is a member of the Walter P. Chrysler Club, Nature Coast Mustang Club and Citrus County Mopar Club, of which he is president. These clubs have shows which allow members to share ideas and promote friendship, while raising funds for donation to charities. For instance, the Citrus County Mopar Club has donated to Daystar Life Center, Citrus County Animal Services, Citrus United Basket, Citrus County Blessings and the Automotive Services Technology Program at Withlacoochee Technical College, just to name a few. Mike has completely restored six cars for himself and has four cars that he is currently working on.