eNotizie – June 2018

Advanced Registration for NIAF’s 43rd Anniversary Gala Now Open!
Exciting news for NIAF Members – early registration is now open for our upcoming NIAF 43rd Anniversary Gala, taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2018! NIAF Members can take advantage of discounted-priced tickets until July 27. Purchase yours today and save your seat at THE Italian American event of the season:

Not a NIAF Member? Purchase your NIAF Membership and then you can take advantage of the limited time discount on our #NIAF43rd Gala tickets:

NIAF’s 2018 Region of Honor: Puglia
NIAF is pleased to announce its 2018 Region of Honor: Puglia! The famous heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia boasts sun-bleached coasts, Medieval towns perched atop mountainsides and a regional pride rooted firmly in its agricultural communities that is still relatively untouched by widespread tourism.

NIAF looks forward to visiting Puglia this summer on our 2018 Voyage of Discovery program and our Board of Directors’ Mission to Italy. We will continue to celebrate Puglia throughout the year and at our 43rd Anniversary Gala Weekend, which will take place October 12-14, 2018.

NIAF On Campus Fellowship – apply today!
Do you want to be a leader of the Italian American community on campus? We are looking for passionate college students who want to have a voice in Italian American affairs for our 2018-2019 NIAF On Campus Fellowship Program. Student Fellows will receive leadership training, networking opportunities, and a ticket to NIAF’s 43rd Anniversary Gala. Deadline to apply: September 15. For more information, go to:

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 email your name, Voyage of Discovery year, and any other information you’d like to share about your experience 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

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
You can support the work of NIAF at no cost to you! Simply, go to and select the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice. 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? 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 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 benefits, visit

NIAF Corporate Sponsors
NIAF members, don’t forget to check out all money-saving discounts, exclusive deals and membership benefits that NIAF Corporate Sponsors offer to NIAF members through your NIAF Membership Portal here:

Join 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 mille 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

Festa della Repubblica Celebration in Washington, D.C.!
Located in the Washington, D.C. DMV area? Don’t miss out on an incredible Festa della Repubblica celebration on Saturday, June 9th at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity in Burke, Va.! The event is organized by the Church of the Nativity Italian Heritage & Cultural Society and St. Mary of Sorrows Italian Heritage Society, in association with The Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society of the Washington D.C. Area, the National Italian American Foundation, Order Sons of Italy in America: George Washington Lodge, and the Italian Heritage Lodge of Fairfax. This exciting evening will include a full Italian meal with wine and entertainment! Ticket costs: adults $25/students $12. For more information or to RSVP, contact Harriet Passarelli at

National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW)
Join NOIAW’s Washington, D.C. chapter for a private tour of the exhibition, “Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze” with Eric Denker, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer and Head of Tours and Lectures at the National Gallery of Art. The event will take place on Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Advanced registration required; to RSVP, click here:

For all other NOIAW regional events, click here:

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
Join the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò TONIGHT, June 1, 2018, for an exciting discussion on Italian film with the directors, actors and producers of the film of “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (24 West 12th, New York, between 5th and 6th Avenue) at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to

San Marziale Procession
The 2018 San Marziale Procession in Kulpmont, Pa. will take place on Sunday, July 8 at 12:30 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

Brooklyn Cyclones Italian Heritage Night
Join the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team for their Italian Cultural Night on Sunday, July 8 at 4 p.m. for their game against Yankees Staten Island! The event will include food from local Italian restaurants and vendors, a “Best Sauce” Contest and a “Nonna of the Game” Contest, a cannoli-eating competition, and Italian music and entertainment! Purchase your tickets here:

Calling all Italian product vendors!
The Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center in Washington, D.C. will be hosting its annual Bella Italia Market this December 1-2, 2018, and is looking for vendors of fine Italian products such as specialty foods, ceramics, art, photography, fashion, accessories, leather goods, beauty products, fragrances, textiles and more. Click for more information on how to be a part of this wonderful event:

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Frist Center in Nashville is featuring a new, exclusive exhibit, Rome: City and Empire. The exhibit includes more than 200 artifacts from the British Museum’s collection of Roman objects, telling the dramatic story of how Rome grew from a cluster of small villages into a mighty empire. For more information, go to:

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.

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:


  Auguri to NIAF friends, directors Anthony and Joe Russo, for the record-breaking box office weekend of their most recent film, “Avengers: Infinity War.” The film, which opened in theaters on April 27, broke records by grossing $257.6 million domestically and $640 million globally in its opening weekend. The film also reached the billion-dollar mark in just nine days. The Russo Brothers collaborate with NIAF on The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum, in partnership with NIAF and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA).
  Auguri to NIAF Member John H. Brown on the publication of his most recent novel, “Augie’s War.” Set in the Vietnam War, Brown’s novel follows the story of a young Italian American man who survives the horrors of war by reflecting on his boisterous, Italian family, upbringing, and characters from back home. Available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.
Auguri to NIAF friend David Greco on receiving the Il Leone di San Marco Award for Business from the Italian Heritage & Culture Committee of Bronx & Westchester. The award was given in recognition of his business, the world-renowned Greco’s Mike’s Deli: The Original Arthur Avenue Italian Deli in New York City.

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone