The Saint Rocco Italian The Saint Rocco Italian-American Mutual Aid Society was founded in 1927 by Italian immigrants from the Italian region of Calabria. Beginning in 1929, the society started the long-lasting tradition a feast in honor of our patron saint, St Rocco. Profits from the feast and other fundraising efforts are, in turn, donated to people, organizations and communities in need. The Saint Rocco Society was founded on principles charity and aid, and continues its commitment to charitable acts of aid today.