eNotizie (February 2017)

Announcing The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum!
NIAF is proud and excited to announce the launch of The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum! In collaboration with Italian Sons and Daughters of America, NIAF and Hollywood directors Anthony and Joe Russo have created an incredible opportunity for inspired and creative artists to craft films that explore the Italian American experience. Applications for this $7,500 film grant are now open to aspiring filmmakers! Deadline: March 15, 2017.

For more information, visit

Don’t miss out! Purchase tickets to our NIAF New York Gala Now!
Our 2017 NIAF New York Gala is just around the corner! We are returning to the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street in the heart of the Big Apple on Wednesday, March 22. This event sells out every year so buy your tickets now before it’s too late! For tickets, sponsorship information and more on the event, visit or contact Andrea Bartlett at 202-939-3118 or

Be a part of something bigger than yourself – give back to the Italian American community and donate to NIAF through our #WeAreNIAF campaign. Your gift allows us to provide scholarships and grants for Italian American students, as well as continue our work in Italian cultural programs throughout the United States and important campaigns such as our Italian American Earthquake Relief Fund. Every donation counts! To learn more about what we do and how you can help, go to

Donate to The Italian American Relief Fund
Earthquakes struck Central Italy on August 24, 26 and 30, 2016, and more recently on January 18, 2017. NIAF’s Italian American Relief Fund is dedicated to providing relief for the victims and helping to rebuild devastated areas. The Italian American community’s heartfelt response has been amazing. You can be part of it. All donations, large or small, are welcome and appreciated.

While we are working with local Italian authorities to identify a specific project or projects for funding in the coming weeks, we assure you that 100 percent of all proceeds will go to the rebuilding efforts of a community badly damaged by these natural catastrophes. For more information, go to:

Apply for NIAF 2017 Scholarships now! 
Application deadline for NIAF scholarships is NEXT MONTH. Scholarships range from $2,500 to $12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical and legal students. If you are Italian American, or if you are studying Italian in college, apply today! Deadline is March 1. For more information, go to or contact Gabriella Mileti, director of Programs, at or 202-939-3116.

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF! 
Shop online at Amazon and support the work of NIAF: Simply, go to and select the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NIAF. AmazonSmile offers the same selection and low prices as Amazon and customers can still use their Amazon account, the only difference is customers are now also donating to a great cause!

The Italian American Podcast 
The National Italian American Foundation is proud to be the official sponsor of The Italian American Podcast, the first podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn about and celebrate their brilliant heritage. The hosts, Anthony Fasano and Dolores Alfieri, interview celebrities and nonnas alike, bringing you an authentic Italian American experience. Listen to the Podcast’s latest episode here:

Join NIAF Today! 
Are you passionate about being Italian American? Now’s the time to join the National Italian American Foundation! Membership with NIAF celebrates your family heritage and supports the Italian American community. Our core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage, strengthen the ties that bind the United States and Italy, and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans. By joining, you not only will help us fulfill that mission but you’ll also enjoy many new member benefits, including:

• Opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders
• Cultural and educational events
• Access to NIAF’s member-only website pages
• Annual subscription to NIAF’s Ambassador Magazine
• Discounts for NIAF events and merchandise
• Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!
For more information about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

Member Benefits from Our Corporate Sponsors 
NIAF is proud to introduce its newest Corporate Sponsor: La Bella Italia Tours. A boutique travel company, La Bella Italia Tours offers unique, off-the-beaten-path itineraries in Italy for escorted group travel and custom private travel for groups of friends, couples and families. Whatever your travel needs in Italy are, let La Bella Italia Tours plan your experience and take you there.

Take a look at the money-saving discounts and exclusive deals all NIAF Corporate Sponsors offer to NIAF Members through the NIAF Membership Portal at

Participate in NIAF’s Facebook community! 
Like NIAF? Then “like” NIAF’s Italian American pride-studded Facebook page to be a part of our online community! And those of you who already follow us, grazie for your support!

NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with everything but your Sunday dinner table — news, views, recipes and trivia. Anything Italian, Italian American or NIAF, it’s there! Plus, contests, giveaways, and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Join us at

National Organization of Italian American Women 
Join the Greater Washington, D.C. Region of NOIAW on Saturday, February 18, at 10:30 a.m. for a guided tour of Italian stone carvers’ contributions to the Washington National Cathedral. RSVP required by February 4; to purchase tickets, go to

Join the Connecticut Region of NOIAW on Tuesday, February 28, at 7 p.m. at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven for a performance of “Napoli, Brooklyn,” a new, fiery and poignant play set in 1960s Brooklyn that tells the story of an Italian immigrant household and the women of the Muscolino family. To purchase tickets, click here:

Il Circolo – Recognition Dinner 
Il Circolo: the Italian Cultural Society will host a Carnevale event on Sunday, February 12, at 1 p.m. at the Intracoastal Park Club House in Boynton Beach, Fla. The event will include Carnevale costumes, Sicilian delicacies, live music, and prizes. To purchase tickets, go to:

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) 
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) will host its first temporary exhibition of 2017, titled “Color Fusion: The Art of Dick Maroni.” The exhibit will be on display until March 26.

The New York Public Library 
In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s “La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic” citywide festival, the New York Public Library will open an exhibit, “Love in Venice,” from February 10 to August 26. It will examine the literary, artistic, musical and cultural aspects of Venice’s culture of love. For more information, click here:

Italian Association of Arizona 
The Italian Association of Arizona will host its 4th Annual Italian Festival in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m,, and on Sunday, March 26, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This two-day celebration will include vendors, entertainment, live music, wine tastings, and authentic Italian cuisine. A portion of proceeds from the event will go towards The Society of St. Vincent De Paul, to support those in need in Arizona. For more details, go to

The Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C. 
The Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C., has started the winter term of its Italian Language Program, and there’s still time to register for classes! Besides traditional language classes, you can also learn about art, history, wine, and food—and prepare for your next trip to Italy. NIAF Members have a discount on classes for all levels; discount code can be found in their NIAF Membership Portal. For more information, go to

Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies
Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies will host a Meet & Greet Reception on Tuesday, February 14, at 4 p.m. The reception offers an opportunity for cultural exchange in meeting and interacting with students from Italy who are enrolled in Stony Brook University. For more information, go to:

“Calabria: The Other Italy” Book Presentations 
NIAF member Karen Haid will be hosting two presentations of her book, “Calabria: The Other Italy,” at Italian cultural centers. The first will take place on Thursday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe, N.Y. This book presentation will also include a culinary demonstration and tasting of traditional Calabrian dishes. For more information, email or call 914-771-8700.

The second event will take place on Sunday, February 12, at 5 p.m., at Dorothea’s House: Casa di Cultura Italiana, in Princeton, N.J., where Haid will share her experiences of living abroad in Calabria. For more information, contact

Everybody Loves Italian! On the radio and Online! 
Join hosts Frank Granieri and Dominic Mevoli to celebrate the everyday Italian American family and experience, plus interviews with personalities, stories, recipes and more! Sundays 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., on WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia; and streaming worldwide! Find them on Facebook. For more information, visit:

Turn on Italics TV 
For monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American TV magazine, produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website, and on-demand on the YouTube channel and Facebook.


  Congratulations to NIAF member Richard Mancuso on the publication of his book, “The Good Don.” The novel—set in New York City in the 1930s — is based on the true story of Sal Mancuso, who struggled to support the Italian American community during the Great Depression. Mancusco’s novel is available for purchase here:
  Congratulations to NIAF member Paulette Licitra on the publication of her new cookbook, “Italian Cooking Party.” The cookbook was inspired by the many Italian cooking parties Licitra has hosted in Nashville, and includes over 100 authentic Italian recipes that have been collected through Licitra’s years of studying from home cooks in Italy over the last 20 years, as well as her own Italian American background. The book is available for purchase here:
Congratulations to longtime friend and former NIAF Board Member Rocco B. Commisso on becoming the new majority owner of iconic New York Cosmos soccer club. The New York Cosmos are reigning champions of the North American Soccer League (NASL).

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone