eNotizie (June 2017)

Mark Your Calendars for NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala!
Join us on the weekend of Nov. 4, 2017, for NIAF’s 42nd Annual Gala! For over 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:

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 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:

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 Wednesday, June 7, 6-8 p.m. at the at the Public Kitchen and Bar in Providence for a “Negroni Night.” Join NOIAW in kicking off the summer season with an evening of Negronis (one of Italy’s signature drinks) and complimentary appetizers. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

Join the Washington, D.C. chapter of NOIAW on Tuesday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at The Embassy of Italy for a discussion with diplomats on the role of the Embassy in the Italian American community. To learn more or to register, go to

San Marziale Procession
The 2017 San Marziale Procession in Kulpmont, Pa. will take place on Sunday, July 9 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 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

Uplifting Journeys: Sicily 2017
Join Uplifting Journeys – an immersive donor education program that uses living case studies in locations around the world – on their 2018 trip to Sicily, April 23-27, 2018. As 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:

CineFesta Italia 2017
CineFesta Italia is an annual event of films, artisanship, food and culture to benefit local charities, which will take place June 1-4 in Santa Fe, N.M. This four-day event will include film screenings and appearances from Italian artists, filmmakers, and dignitaries. For more information, visit

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:

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
Join the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in New York City on Saturday, June 3 at 4 p.m., for “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2017.” The event will include a series of film screenings and roundtable discussions on the latest in Italian cinema. For more information on the event, go to

Wilderstein Historic Site
Longtime NIAF friend and Ambassador magazine contributor, Franc Palaia, has curated a selection of sculptural works to be put on display at the Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck, N.Y., featuring a number of Italian American artists. The exhibit is open June 3 – October 31, 2017. For more information, go to

The Space Between Exhibit
Don’t miss this group exhibit at Takoma Park Community Center in Takoma Park, Md. by artist James Cassell, open until June 29. Cassell’s mixed media art was inspired by, and pays homage to, Italy’s famous Caravaggio. 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 Joe Giordano on the publication of his book, “Appointment with ISIL.” The novel’s story follows the exploits of Anthony Provati in a high-speed thriller chase as he attempts to thwart ISIL’s devious plans across the Mediterranean. The book is available for purchase on

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Alitalia is excited to announce that they will operate three direct flights to/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 US: 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