eNotizie (July 2017)

Last Chance – Membership Discounts for NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala!
Join us on the weekend of Nov. 4, 2017, for NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala! For more than 40 years, the National Italian American Foundation’s Gala has been the premier Italian American event, and this year we are especially excited to celebrate our 2017 Region of Honor: Sicily! Tickets on sale now; NIAF members can take advantage of discounted pricing until July 14. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to:

Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship in Criminology Now Open!
The Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship in Criminology is now accepting applications. The program offers one American student and one Italian student funding to carry out research in criminology and law. The American student will study in Palermo, Sicily, and the Italian student will study at a prestigious university in the United States. Deadline to apply: October 6, 2017, for American students; February 16, 2018, for Italian students. For more information, click here:

Be 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. 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 in August 2016, and again more recently in January 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, 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:

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 episodes and learn about their new, personalized heritage trips here:

Join NIAF Today!
Do you want to be part of a larger Italian American community? Now’s the time to join the National Italian American Foundation! Membership with NIAF celebrates your family heritage and supports future generations of Italian Americans. 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 members, don’t forget to take a look at the money-saving discounts and exclusive deals all of NIAF Corporate Sponsors offer to NIAF Members through your 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 Rhode Island region of NOIAW on Tuesday, July 18, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Providence Athenaeum for a presentation with Sylvia Brown titled, “Giving with Impact: Strategies for More Effectively Engaging Your Time, Talent or Treasure.” Brown will discuss how to make an efficient impact when giving and volunteering with nonprofit organizations, affecting communities such as Sicily; drinks and light refreshments will be served. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

Sergio Franchi 23rd Annual Memorial Concert
Don’t miss the highly anticipated annual concert hosted by Eva Franchi, widow of the great romantic tenor Sergio Franchi, at the Franchi Estate in Stonington, Conn., on August 26. This concert marks 27 years since the passing of Sergio Franchi, and pays tribute to his lifelong achievements in music. The evening will include vocalists accompanied by a 32-piece symphonic orchestra conducted by Maestro David Lamarche. For more information, call 860-535-9429 or go to

San Marziale Procession
The 2017 San Marziale Procession in Kulpmont, Pa., will take place on Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m. The procession celebrates Saint Marziale, the patron saint of Isca sull’ Ionio – a small town in southern Italy that was the birthplace of many Italian American immigrants. The event will showcase a concert by the legendary “Our Boys Band,” composed of students, original band members, and the local community, with a reception to follow. Proceeds go to charity; for more information, go to

Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival
Join the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation for Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival, taking place in Pittsburgh, July 8-9. The festival, which is sponsored by NIAF, will include streets of Italian food vendors, eating contests, stage performances, cooking demonstrations, bocce and more! For more information, go to:

Pittsburgh Little Italy Days
Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood will host its 15th annual Little Italy Days Festival August 17-20. The festival, which is sponsored by NIAF, is a four-day celebration of Italian culture and food, with a bocce tournament, the Miss Little Italy Pageant, “Italian Idol” open mic, endless entertainment, and Italian food vendors. For more information, go to:

OLMC Giglio Feast Procession – Brooklyn
Since 1903, Italian immigrants from Nola, Italy, have continued to celebrate each July their devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the streets of Brooklyn. This year’s feast and events will take place July 5-16, including the traditional carrying of the Giglio through the neighborhood. For a full calendar of events, go to

Uplifting Journeys: Sicily 2017
Join Uplifting Journeys—an immersive donor education program that uses living case studies in locations around the world—on their trip next year to Sicily, April 23-27, 2018. NIAF’s 2017 Region of Honor, Sicily offers not only an incredible cultural experience, but also the perfect opportunity to learn about Sicily’s social issues and how the region is preserving its unique heritage. For more information, go to

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

The Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C.
Register your kids today for the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C.’s Summer Camp! In this full immersion program, campers will learn Italian through exciting activities, singing, cooking, art projects and more! NIAF members have a discount on classes for all levels; discount code can be found in their NIAF Membership Portal. For more information:

Wilderstein Historic Site
Longtime NIAF friend and Ambassador magazine contributor Franc Palaia has curated a selection of sculptural works  on display at the Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck, N.Y., featuring a number of Italian American artists. The exhibit is open through October 31, 2017. For more information, go to

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.


  Congratulations to NIAF member and Italian American Leadership Council (IALC) member Mary Ellen Pisanelli on becoming the senior vice president of Legal and Administration at Welltower Inc., one of the largest health care-related REITs in the United States.
Congratulations to NIAF member George Dapra on the publication of his book, “Non-Disclosure,” a nonfiction account of the author’s  Italian American upbringing and career as a U.S. Marshal Service’s Witness Security Inspector, the protective details he was involved in, and his service with the U.S. Air Force in Korea. Available in mid-July at and

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Alitalia is excited to announce that they will operate three direct flights to and from Rome and Los Angeles in the winter season! Flights will depart every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10 a.m. from Fiumicino and will land in Los Angeles at 2:10 p.m. (local time). Flights from Los Angeles will depart at 4:10 p.m. (local time) and will arrive in Rome Fiumicino at 1:10 p.m. the following day.

Flights to Los Angeles will be operated with 293-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, configured in three-classes of service: Business, Premium Economy and Economy. During the 2017-2018 winter season, Alitalia will connect Italy to four destinations in the United States: New York (from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa), Boston, Los Angeles and Miami (from Rome Fiumicino).

To search Alitalia special offers and to book your travel, click here!

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone