eNotizie – June 2015

NIAF 40th Anniversary Gala—Register Early and Save!
We want YOU to be part of our big 40th Anniversary Gala Weekend, October 15-18, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, in Washington, D.C.! Now until July 1, NIAF is offering special advanced pricing registration for our Gala Weekend. The weekend includes our 40th Annual Awards Gala; NIAF and Joe Piscopo celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday; EXPO Italiana – the largest Italian American exposition in Washington, D.C.; our popular wine tasting luncheon, community discussions and more! Don’t miss out on celebrating 40 years of honoring the Italian American culture through NIAF programs and scholarships! Purchase your Gala Weekend tickets now at

Join NIAF Today!
Embrace your family heritage and support the Italian American community by joining NIAF, whose 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 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

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.

NIAF on Facebook! Help us get to 110,000 likes!
Please take a look and “like” NIAF’s entertaining, engaging, informative and full-of-Italian-American-pride Facebook page. And those of you who regularly do, grazie for your support!

NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with an insatiable appetite for news, views, recipes and trivia—anything Italian, Italian American and NIAF! Plus, contests and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Easy to find at

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University
On Tuesday, June 2, the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University will host the opening of Passage, an exhibition of works by Geppy Pisanelli. The exhibition will be on view through June 25.

On Wednesday, June 3, at 6 p.m., the Casa will host a screening of “I Bambino Sanno,” a new documentary written and directed by Walter Veltroni.

On Saturday, June 6, at 6 p.m., the Casa will host a round table discussion with members of the artistic delegation of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2015. Directors and actors, including Francesca Archibugi and Claudio Santamaria, will be participating.

For more information and a full calendar of events, visit

June at the John D. Calandra Institute
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College/CUNY in New York City will host a symposium on Naples: L’oro di Napoli—All That Glitters Is Gold, on Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. The guest of honor will be Luigi de Magistris, Mayor of Naples.

For more information, visit The Italian Cultural Institute is located at 686 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y.

The Italian American Museum
On Friday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m., the Italian American Museum of New York’s Little Italy will host a discussion on growing up in Little Italy, with speakers Thomas DiGrazia (“Peacemaker: A Sicilian-American Memoir”), John Anselmo (“The Newsstand”), Vincent LaBarbera, and Rich Rinaldo (“Meatballs and Stickball”). Suggested admission fee: $10. For reservations, call 212-965-9000 with the reservation code Neighborhood0605.

On Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m., the Italian American Museum will host a book presentation and food tasting with “Sunday Pastaauthor Edwin Garrubbo. Suggested admission fee: $10. For reservations, call 212-965-9000 with the reservation code Sunday0611.

For more information and a full calendar of events, visit

St. Anthony’s Festival in Baltimore’s Little Italy
Baltimore’s St. Leo’s Catholic Church will host the annual St. Anthony Italian Festival on Saturday, June 6, from noon to 8 p.m., and on Sunday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy live music, food, beverages and more, as you peruse Italian vendors along Stiles and Exeter Streets. Admission is $1. For more information, visit

Italy Style: Fashion since 1945
On Friday, June 5, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville will open Italian Style: Fashion since 1945, an elegant exhibition that chronicles the birth and growth of the Italian fashion industry from the post-World War II recovery years to present day. The exhibit, which continues into early September, will feature more than 90 garments and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses. Special events include: A presentation by Sonnet Stanfill on the progression of fashion trends on Friday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m., and a showing of the film “La Dolce Vita” on Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. For more information and a full list of events, visit

Little Italy Festival – Rochester, N.Y.
Don’t miss the Little Italy Festival, Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, at Gates Memorial Park in Rochester, N.Y. On Friday, enjoy food and entertainment during the day including, The Rochester Rat Pack and the Miss Little Italy Pageant. On Friday evening, dance the night away at the Huge Disco Party in the Park. On Saturday, take part in the special Holy Mass in Italian, and at night view a spectacular fireworks show! For tickets and more information, visit

A Night in Roma
The 5th annual A Night in Roma will take place Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m., at the Arena at the Don Taft University Center, at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. During the event, stroll down the re-creation of Mulberry Street, featuring an array of local Italian restaurants, beer-wine bars, live entertainment, and bocce ball. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tony Segreto Athletics Scholarship Fund. For tickets, visit

The National Organization of Italian American Women
On Saturday, June 20, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., join the Greater Washington, D.C. Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women for a conversation with Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D., and Donna DiCello, Psy.D., about their book, “Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America.” The event will be held at a private residence and the cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Register online at

Cooking with Nonna Culinary Tours
Join “Cooking with Nonna” host Rossella Rago on a culinary tour of Italy! Choose from three tours—Sorrento, Puglia, or Sicily— and learn how to create signature regional dishes by visiting local markets, vineyards and manufacturers. Scheduling of the trips range from late August to September. For more information, visit

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 and “like” 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 (

Tune in!
Listen to Bel Paese Internet Radio! A program for Italian American communities across the United States and Canada, it runs from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily and features Italian music, sports and community news. Visit on your computer, mobile device, iPad or internet radio.

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
Now, when you shop online at Amazon, a portion of your purchase price can 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!

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds to support NIAF’s mission while shopping for great deals on everything from dining specials to travel deals. Just register for free at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, then shop by the type of deal you want. When you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to your designated nonprofit group. Please designate 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
Interested in global affairs and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. In the May/June 2015 issue: World Expo Milano: The Future of Food; An Interview with Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero on Expo Diplomacy; Legacy of the World’s Fair; and More! Look for the new issue on newsstands or at


2015-Bebop-Swing-bookcover Congratulations to NIAF member Bill Dal Cerro on the publication of his new book “Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience.” Dal Cerro and coauthor David Anthony Witter chronicle the Italian American impact on jazz from its origins in New Orleans through the Big Band, Be-bop and modern eras, and profile Italian American musicians who contributed to the genre. Available in paperback from and at
 2015-James-Valenti-and-Eva-Franchi Congratulations to former NIAF Board Member and longtime Foundation supporter Eva Franchi, who received the Savoy Foundation’s Third Annual Chivalry Award at the Foundation’s annual Spring Event – Festa della Primavera – on May 20. For the past 25 years, Mrs. Franchi has honored her late husband, world-renowned Italian American tenor Sergio Franchi, with a concert series that funds scholarships for talented young opera singers. The Sergio Franchi Music Foundation Scholarship Fund, which she manages under the umbrella of NIAF, has awarded close to 600 scholarships to emerging young opera singers.Photo Caption: Internationally Acclaimed Tenor James Valenti and Eva Franchi at the spring reception
2015-Rubel Congratulations to NIAF member Gina Furia Rubel, who received the Four Way Test Award for business from the Rotary Club of Doylestown, Pa. The award is given to an outstanding individual who exemplifies the Rotary Club’s Four Way Test principles while also showing a consistent dedication to the community. Rubel currently serves as president and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, which she founded in 2002.
2015-Caiazzo Congratulations to NIAF Board Member Nicholas R. Caiazzo, who received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, joining a prestigious list of recipients, including six past American presidents and several Nobel Peace Prize winners. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is given to Americans who have distinguished themselves among their ethnic groups while still representing American values.

Celebrating 70 years of excellence in travel to Italy! Perillo Tours: An Italian American Institution!

Perillo Tours was born in 1945 when Italian American immigrant Joseph Perillo opened a small storefront under the Third Avenue El in the Bronx. Perillo Tours was continued by Mario Perillo (better known as “Mr. Italy”), who perfected the art of affordable luxury travel programs to Italy and developed a strong awareness of the Italian American community.

Presently under the direction Steve Perillo, Perillo’s third generation, the company remains committed to creating once in a lifetime journeys to Italy through Perillo Tours’ fully escorted tours, Perillo Tours custom groups and

Join NIAF and Perillo Tours on a once in a lifetime Italian vacation experience. Enjoy the country’s dramatic highlights including history, culture and cuisine. Packages are available for individual and group travel, destination weddings and honeymoons, and tailored escorted tours. We look forward to introducing you to authentic Italy!

For NIAF Members Only: Book any Perillo Tours or program (a $2500 value per couple) and receive $100 per person. Promo Code: NIAF

For additional information and bookings:
800-431-1515 800-431-1515
800-ITALY-25 800-ITALY-25

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