Cardona’s Market Co-Owner August Cardona and Siena Men’s Basketball Head Coach Carmen Maciariello today presented Director of All Saints/Blessed Sacrament John Blanche and Director of Albany CYO Michelle Vita with $1,000 from sales of the “Coach Carm Parm” sandwich. The donation, made outside of All Saints Catholic Academy, will support youth athletes from All Saints and Blessed Sacrament through the purchase of new uniforms and safety upgrades.
“This is the best time of year to have a hot sandwich at lunch and to support the community,” said August Cardona. “Siena and Coach Carm have been wonderful partners to work with on this fantastic sandwich, and on our goals to support the next generation of Siena Saints playing right here in Albany.”
Named for the Clifton Park native and head coach of the Siena Men’s Basketball team, the Coach Carm Parm features layers of house-made chicken cutlets, breaded and fried eggplant slices, parmigiana, mozzarella and Cardona’s famous marinara sauce, all stacked high and baked on an Italian sub roll.
The celebrity sandwich was first introduced by Cardona’s family-owned Italian market and catering company in February 2023 and then “re-introduced” on National Sandwich Day, Nov. 3, to coincide with the start of the Siena men’s basketball season.
“The cold weather has arrived here in Albany and a hot Coach Carm Parm always warms me up and makes my day better,” Maciariello said. “I am proud to be on a team with August and all the Cardona’s crew. The only thing better than the food at Cardona’s Market is the company’s support of youth basketball in the Capital Region.”
“We play here to teach as much we play to win here,” said John Blanche, Director of All Saints/Blessed Sacrament.
“This will help support kids who may not have the opportunity to get involved, make friends, and make memories,” said Michelle Vita, Director of Albany CYO.
The Coach Carm Parm sandwich is available at Cardona’s Market locations at 340 Delaware Avenue in Albany and 9 Cobbee Road in Latham. The markets are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday’s donation is one of many ways the Siena basketball programs and fans have supported the Capital Region this holiday season. Beyond the annual Toys for Tots drive earlier this month, the Saints are hosting the upcoming Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Food Drive during the Friday, Jan. 5 men’s home game versus Fairfield at MVP Arena and the Jan. 6 women’s game against Saint Peter’s at UHY Center.
Fans who bring three non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products to each game will receive a voucher to buy-one-ticket, get-one-ticket free (of equal or lesser value) to a future Siena home basketball game this season. Moreover, the first 100 fans to donate at each game will also receive a $5 Dunkin’ card redeemable at any participating Dunkin’ restaurant.
In addition to the Coach Carm Parm, Cardona’s is currently featuring two separate Game Day Packs which feed 8-10 people during the basketball and football seasons.
Game Day Pack 1 ($215) features a half pan of Cardona’s Famous Meatballs, a half pan of arancini with marinara sauce, a half pan of tortellini salad, and a full pan of chicken tenders.
Game Day Pack 2 ($185) includes assorted sub sandwiches for 10, a half pan of macaroni salad, a half pan of potato salad, a quarter pan of antipasti salad, and a half pan of arancini with marinara sauce.
While both the Siena men and women are on the road until early January, tickets to all Siena home games can be purchased online at sienasaints.com/tickets, by contacting the Siena Fan Relations Management Center at (518) 487-2202, or by e-mail at [email protected]