eNotizie (January 2017)


Felice Anno Nuovo! Happy New Year!
Felice Anno Nuovo! May the New Year bring you and your loved ones happiness, peace, and prosperity – from all of us at the National Italian American Foundation.

Start your new year off right by being a part of something bigger than yourself – give back to the Italian American community and donate to NIAF in 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

LAST CHANCE – early registration for NIAF New York Gala
Get your tickets now for our 2017 NIAF New York Gala! We are returning to the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street in the heart of the Big Apple on Wednesday, March 22. NIAF Members who register before Friday, January 6, 2017, receive 10 percent off. For tickets, sponsorship information and more on the event, visit or contact Andrea Bartlett at 202-939-3118 or

Donate to The Italian American Relief Fund 
NIAF’s Italian American Relief Fund is dedicated to providing relief for the victims affected by the earthquake that struck Central Italy on August 24, 2016, and more recently on October 26 and 30, 2016. 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 this natural catastrophe. For more information, go to:

Students – apply for the trip of a lifetime! 
Applications for the 2017 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery are available online at This all-expenses-paid trip to Italy connects young Italian Americans to their heritage through cultural experiences abroad. To be eligible to apply, students must be of Italian heritage, be enrolled in college in the spring of 2017, and have never traveled to Italy before. DEADLINE to apply is THIS MONTH – January 31, 2017.

Apply for NIAF 2017 Scholarships now! 
Applications for NIAF scholarships are now available. 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, 2017. 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 new Corporate Sponsors! Take a look at the money-saving discounts and exclusive deals they offer to NIAF Members through the NIAF Membership Portal at

Participate in NIAF’s Facebook community! 
Check out and “like” (or “love,” “wow”) 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 
noiaw-epiphanyJoin the Greater Washington, D.C. Region of NOIAW on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy for its annual Epiphany Celebration honoring three “Wise Women.” This event will recognize the achievements of three noteworthy Italian American women in their professional careers throughout an evening of dinner and cocktails.

NOIAW “Wise Women” Epiphany Celebrations will also take place in Connecticut on January 15; New York City on January 17; and Rhode Island on January 21. RSVP required for all events; to register, go to

Il Circolo – Recognition Dinner 
Il Circolo: the Italian Cultural Society will host a Recognition Dinner on January 13, starting at 6 p.m., at the Sons of Italy in America – William A. Dimitri Jr. Lodge #2880. The event will celebrate the hard work and contributions of local leaders to the Italian American community. For more details, click here:

Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies 
Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies is offering Italian language classes for children from January through June 2017. Classes are for children aged 3-11, with 10 sessions taking place at Setauket Elementary School. For more information or to register, call 631-632-7444 or email

Everybody Loves Italian! On the radio! 
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 at 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.

Support Our Sponsors

Your Italian Passport 
Whether you are hoping to determine if you are eligible for Italian citizenship, looking for assistance with collection of your family’s vital records, or merely looking for translation of your documents in preparation for your appointment with the Italian consulate, Your Italian Passport is here to help!

Your Italian Passport is a U.S.-based company offering comprehensive services for Italian Americans seeking to obtain Italian dual citizenship. Like so many things Italian, Your Italian Passport is a business of organic roots grown over time with care and committed to giving personalized attention to each and every client.

Visit our website and be on your way to living la dolce vita! As always, NIAF members receive a 10 percent discount on all services offered. A new world awaits with Your Italian Passport! Contact us today!


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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone