eNotizie – January 2014


A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep!
Why not start out the New Year by embracing your family heritage and supporting the Italian American community? NIAF’s core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage, to 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 (coming soon)
  • Annual subscription to NIAF’s Ambassador magazine
  • Discounts on NIAF merchandise
  • Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!

To learn more about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

NIAF New York Spring Gala
12-1-2013-nycIt’s not too early to mark your calendars for our NIAF New York Gala! NIAF will be returning to the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street in the heart of the Big Apple on Thursday, April 3, 2014, for our New York Gala. Honorees include renowned chef and TV personality Mary Ann Esposito and Ernst & Young partner Carmine Di Sibio.

Stay tuned for updates on other honorees, notable guests and entertainment. Cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102;

Voyage of Discovery—Deadline: Jan. 31
Don’t miss the deadline! Information and applications for the 2014 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program are available online at Students must be of Italian heritage and be enrolled in college in the spring of 2014 to be eligible for this all-expenses-paid, 10-day trip to Italy’s Region of Campania. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Contact Gabriella Mileti at


Apply for NIAF Scholarships—Deadline March 1
Applications for scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year are now available online at Students must be of Italian heritage, have a GPA of at least 3.5, and be entering or already enrolled in college in the fall of 2014 to be eligible to apply. Deadline: March 1, 2014. Contact Gabriella Mileti at

Voyage of Discovery Alum
Did you or someone you know participate in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery or NIAF’s Gift of Discovery program in past years? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We’re creating an alumni database and we need your help! Please contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at with your current contact information.

Bocelli Valentine’s Day Show In Florida
1-1-2014-bocelliNothing says romance like long walks on the beach and an Andrea Bocelli concert on Valentine’s Day! So surprise your amore with tickets to see Bocelli live in Sunrise, Fla., at 8 p.m., on February 14. The renowned Italian tenor will be performing soaring arias and famed loved songs in a heartfelt Valentine’s Day concert at the BB&T Center, home of the NHL Florida Panthers. Purchase your tickets at: or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Visit for a complete calendar of events.

Attention AP Italian Students!
The Italian Language Foundation (ILF) is offering a financial award for students who excel on The College Board’s Advanced Placement Test in Italian Language and Culture. The Dante Award for Excellence is unrestricted and will be given to student members of the ILF who score a four or a five on the AP Italian exam given in May 2014.

Students can become ILF members for free via the ILF website ( The amounts of the award are $200 for students who score a five and $100 for those who score a four. Students must submit their scores to the ILF via the College Board’s score reporting service using the ILF’s college code (7202). The Dante Award for Excellence is part of the ILF’s programming to build participation in the United States and abroad in AP Italian.


ACTFL Italian Language Teacher Workshops
The Italian Language Foundation is underwriting the cost of upcoming workshops for middle and high school teachers of Italian. A $25 teacher membership in the ILF is a condition for Participation. Teachers can become ILF members via the ILF website ( The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) will conduct full day workshops on developing and assessing communication, followed by a half-day workshop to train lead teachers to continue professional development locally. For more information, and to register as an ILF member, please visit: or email

NOIAW Epiphany Celebration
Please Join the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW—The Greater Washington, D.C. Region) for an Epiphany Celebration in honor of “Three Wise Women.” This year’s honorees are Anita Botti, chief of staff and principal deputy of the Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State; Carol Acinapura Trawick, president of the Trawick Foundation; and Laura Benedetti, chairwoman of the Department of Italian, Georgetown University.

Buffet dinner. Gentlemen welcome. Business attire. Individual Tickets $115 (RSVP by January 10). Wednesday, January 15; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. For information and tickets, click here.

Balestra Fashions at “Glamour is Back” Gala
1-1-2014-balestraInternationally renowned designer Renato Balestra will present a retrospective of his career’s creations at this exclusive haute couture VIP dinner benefiting the Global Fund for Forgotten People. This fashionable affair, celebrating the best of Italy and officially endorsed by the Italian government and the National Italian American Foundation, will feature an exciting runway show featuring over 150 of Balestra’s most exquisite designs as well as performance by Italian American operatic tenor Roberto Iarussi. Arthur J. Furia, NIAF general counsel and executive committee member and partner of Shutts & Bowen in Miami, will co-chair the fashion show.

Saturday, February 22, at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. A limited number of VIP and general admission tickets will be available for purchase through

Economic Future Summit
The Italian Business & Investment Initiative, in collaboration with Aspen Institute Italia and The Council for the United States and Italy, is pleased to invite you to its second International summit series. The summit is an annual gathering for European and Italian leaders to meet with their American counterparts to communicate directly with representatives from government, business, and the investment community on the issues central to Europe’s and Italy’s future growth and investment’s opportunities.

Moderated by Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” a panel of esteemed leaders from European, Italian and American business and political worlds will explore the topic: “The Economic Future of Europe and USA, the TTIP Implications and Investment Opportunities in Italy.”

Friday, February 28; 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Location: 10 On the Park, at Time Warner Center, North Tower, 10th Floor, 60 Columbus Circle, New York, N.Y. For more information, click here: RSVP: via email at, or by phone at 212-246-2977.

Ennio Morricone in the U.S.
12-1-2013-morriconeThe legendary, Oscar-winning, Italian composer who brought us the soundtracks of “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” “Kill Bill,” “The Untouchables,” and so much more, will return to the United States for two extraordinary events with a 200-member orchestra and choir in Los Angeles on March 20, and in New York on March 23. For ticket information, visit

National Gallery: “Dying Gaul” Exhibit—D.C.
1-1-2014-dying-gaulThe Dying Gaul: An ancient Roman masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum in Rome celebrates the marble masterwork and the cultural connections between Italy and the United States. Part of The Dream of Rome project promoting the Eternal City in the United States by sharing treasures of its artistic heritage, the exhibit remains on view through March 16 at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

Host Families Needed for Italian Exchange Students
EF Foundation for Foreign Study, the leader in high school exchange, will welcome 40 students from Italy this January. The students will be staying with host families while attending local high schools for Spring semester. EF Italian students come here to improve their English and experience American culture. A group of 300 Italian students will be arriving in August 2014 for the next school year. Host families and mentors are needed throughout the United States. To learn more about hosting or mentoring, contact Angie Redford at 208-890-3502 or; or visit

Screenwriting in Italy
Bring your story to life with Michelangelo Screenwriting. Since 2008, Michelangelo has been bringing top-notch writing instructors together with writers with a travel bug. This summer, the program expands its offerings with three diverse writing retreats. No matter your writing experience, goals or budget, there is a Michelangelo writing retreat for you. Space is limited so don’t wait. Learn more at


Adopt a Medieval Neighborhood—Montalcino (Tuscany), Italy
Would you like to hold a Brunello dinner party with eight friends? Quartiere Pianello will supply the Brunello! What about seven nights in Tuscany? Cooking lessons? A couple of hours on our archery range?

Quartiere Pianello is a neighborhood of non-profit volunteers in Montalcino that offer sensational rewards for helping us “mend” various aspects of the town. Join the team, become an honorary member of the Quartiere, and together we’ll preserve traditions and a precious way of life.

This online fundraiser ends January 18, so here’s an update from Tuscan campaign Lorenzo’s Blue Shoes & Saving the Secret Garden. Quartiere Pianello fundraising has reached the 60 percent mark! Renaissance costumes are mended, Lorenzo’s got new shoes, and the wheels are turning on a little Ape. Next goal is the archery range. Super rewards for your help to preserve village traditions. The Quartieranti invite you to donate and be part of the campaign: CLICK HERE for more information.


Turn on Italics TV
12-1-2013-italicsFor monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American television 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.

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds supporting NIAF’s mission while shopping for great deals! By dining out! By traveling! All you have to do is register (free) at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, and then go shopping by the type of deal you want.

And each time you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to NIAF. It’s like Groupon and Living Social, except while helping yourself, you’re also helping your charitable cause. Get started at


Read Diplomatic Courier
1-1-2014-diplomaticcourierInterested in global affairs, diplomacy and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. The new issue of Diplomatic Courier focuses on “The World in 2050,” as well as international topics such as “The Tug of War for China’s Stem Talent” and “Trains, Terrain and Terrorism.”

To learn more, visit, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.


1-1-2014-rubel Congratulations to NIAF member Gina Rubel, who was recently awarded the Maxine Elkin Award for Distinguished Service by the Public Relations Society of America’s Philadelphia Chapter. The award recognizes leaders who exemplify integrity and professionalism and share a commitment to advancing the profession of public relations. Rubel is president and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, in Doylestown, Pa.
1-1-2014-costa Congratulations to NIAF member Joe Costa, host of Carosello Italiano, an Italian American Sunday radio show that this month enters its 23rd year of continuous broadcast. The show was founded by Sarino Costa, Joe’s late father, in 1991, and Joe is dedicated to continuing the tradition and broadcasts. Carosello Italiano airs Sundays, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., on 1320 am WATR (Waterbury, Conn.), and online live at


Welcome To The September 2014 Region Of Excellence Tour–A Journey To Campania

Sept 3-14, 2014 — Limited Availability — 10 Days / 8 Nights

Give your family the gift of heritage! Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Paestum and Sorrento! Includes an optional day of genealogy research.

Join NIAF and Perillo Tours on a once in a lifetime trip to the 2014 Region of Honor—Campania. Enjoy the region’s dramatic highlights, including history, culture and cuisine. Exclusive insiders access for NIAF members. Optional excursion from Sorrento to trace your heritage and visit your family’s hometown.

Land Price—$3,599 per person; Single supplement—$699. Air rates available from most gateways. For trip information and registration, visit:

Book before Jan. 15 and receive a $100 per person discount! Visit us at; email at; or call 855-PT-GROUP (1-855-784-7687) for additional information.

Can’t join us on our journey? For NIAF Members Only, Book any Perillo Tours or program (a $2,500 value per couple) and receive $100 per person. Promo Code: NIAF

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Support Our Sponsors

Friends of Florence

Photo courtesy of Antonio Quattrone

Friends of Florence was founded in 1998 as a U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. Since then, we have restored and made available to the public, in some cases for the first time in centuries, notable treasures including all the marble statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Uffizi’s Sala della Niobe, and the Medici’s original Tribune. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s David, we provided funding for the diagnostic analysis and continue to fund the monitoring and maintenance programs for both the David and Michelangelo’s Prisoners.

We also organize education and travel programs to Florence twice a year, with expertly-guided visits to private collections and museums, working laboratories, and stunning palaces and gardens where our guests enjoy intimate events hosted by the owners. We invite you to visit our website,, to learn more.




Alitalia Once Again Awarded Best Airline Cuisine—Four Consecutive Wins!
1-1-2014-alitaliaFor four consecutive years, Alitalia has won the award for Best Airline Cuisine in Global Traveler magazine’s GT Readers Tested Survey. Alitalia has also recently received the Expert’s Choice Award for its in-flight wine program in Saveur Magazine’s 2013 Culinary Travel Awards. The prestigious awards recognize Alitalia’s commitment to creating a high-quality Italian dining experience inspired by Italy’s culturally diverse regions.

Magnifica Class menus are created and selected in collaboration with Alma, considered to be the most authoritative internationally recognized training center for Italian cuisine. Menus change every three months, and the dishes and wines of different regions of Italy are featured in each direction, so travelers enjoy a new dining experience each way. Wines are carefully paired with the menus in cooperation with the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS).

Visit Alitalia at, and


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