eNotizie – November 2015

NIAF 40th Anniversary Gala 2015 Review
The National Italian American Foundation reinvented its 40th Anniversary Awards Gala Weekend into an extravaganza of song, homage to heritage, family ties and passion for food. Our Expo Italiana event saw an unprecedented number of visitors and vendors. And the 40th Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner was a sold-out, thrilling show from start to finish. The Foundation’s celebration of its 40-year milestone united Italian American and Italian cultures of the past with an eye to the future, and we are proud to have hosted so many distinguished honorees, diverse businesses, guests, and entertainers throughout the weekend.

To read more on the 40th Anniversary Gala and to view photos from the weekend, go to


Join NIAF Today!
There’s no better time to embrace your family heritage and support the Italian American community by joining NIAF. 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 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

Students – apply for the trip of a lifetime!
VOD-GROUP1Applications for the 2016 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery are now available online at To be eligible to apply, students must be of Italian heritage, be enrolled in college in the spring of 2016, and have never traveled to Italy before.

For more information, please contact

NIAF on Facebook! Help us get to 150,000 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

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 send your current contact information to Gabriella Mileti, Director of Programs, at 

38th Annual NIASHF Induction Gala Dinner
The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) will host its 38th Annual Induction Gala Dinner on November 7 at the Intercontinental Chicago hotel in Chicago.

The event will include the induction of new members of the Sports Hall of Fame, as well as an evening of dining, drinks and entertainment. For more information, call NIASHF at 312-226-5566 or visit

“ALFIO in Concert” Now on PBS
NIAF friend and supporter ALFIO creates history once again as the first Italian Australian singer to perform a national concert on PBS. “ALFIO in Concert” is now playing nationally on PBS. ALFIO and his orchestra proudly honor his Italian heritage performing some Italian classics, arias and much-loved originals. His national tour is underway and his new studio album, “After Love,” is now in stores. Check local PBS listings for visit his official website at for more information and tour dates.

Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA) Annual Gala
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation will hold its annual gala at the Cleveland Museum of Art on November 21. The foundation will announce three grants totaling $500,000 at this year’s gala, commemorating its past two decades of philanthropic leadership, as well as honor Tommy LiPuma. For more information, go to

Winner of Columbus Day Essay Contest
Essay-Contest-WinnerNIAF was excited to announce Claud J.A. Boyd the winner of the 2015 National Youth Essay Contest, which is co-sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. A freshman at the University of South Carolina, Boyd was honored at the official Columbus Day Ceremony in Washington, D.C., on October 12.

“Palio” film to Premiere in the U.S.
PalioThe acclaimed documentary “Palio” will release in select U.S. theaters and on iTunes on November 6. The film – which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival –  explores the rich, complex and controversial world of the famous horse race that takes place every year in Siena, Italy, and has captured the hearts of millions. For more information on screening times and the film, go to

Sinatra: A Centenary Tribute
The Hofstra Cultural Center, the Department of History, and the Department of Music of Hofstra University will pay tribute to 100 years of Frank Sinatra with its days-long events including concerts, classes, roundtable discussions, special addresses and vocal performances. Events will take place November 10, 11, 12, 18, 19 and 22. For more information on the events and ticket purchases, go to

The Calandra Italian American Institute
Reframing-Italian-AmericaThe Calandra Italian American Institute will be a hosting a behind-the-scenes look at its current exhibit, “Reframing Italian America: Historical Photographs and Immigrant Representations,” on November 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. The exhibit highlights photographs and artifacts from the early years of Italian American immigrations. This special viewing event will provide an opportunity to view never-before-seen artifacts. RSVP is required; go to or call 212-642-2094 for more information.

Community Italian Language Classes
Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies will be sponsoring Italian classes for the community. Adult classes will run from October 5 to April 1; children’s classes are divided into a Fall 2015 semester (September 29 – December 15) and a Spring 2016 semester (January – April, dates TBD). Course placement is dependent on language proficiency – beginner, intermediate, or advanced. For more information, call 631- 632-7444; email; or visit

Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University Lecture
In Dr. Joseph Tromba’s lecture series, Fred Kuwornu, a Ghanaian/Italian activist-producer, writer and director, will present his documentary “Blaxploitalian: 100 years of Blackness in the Italian Cinema,” on November 3, at 2:30 p.m. The documentary and lecture will explore the careers and lives of black actors in Italian cinema. For more information, visit

Allegro Dance Company Archived in NIAF Library
Allegro Dance Company of Wheeling, W. Va., recently made two donations of its new documentary “La Danza – Bridging Time Through Dance” to the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., and NIAF in Washington, D.C. The professional dance company combines traditional, Italian dance with contemporary performances that travel across the United States. For more information, go to

Venice and Umbria Photography Workshops
Experience the Italian regions of Venice and Umbria through the camera lens during small, week-long photography workshops in the fall and winter. Led by acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers-authors Frank Van Riper and Judith Goodman, these off-season tours allow you the time and opportunity to explore Italian culture and two of the loveliest spots on Earth. Small class sizes assure individual attention from instructors, and first-class accommodations and dining are guaranteed throughout the trip. There are no entrance requirements beyond a love of good food, fine wine and photography! The Venice workshop is January 9-15, 2016 (register by November 1, 2015). The Umbria workshop will take place October 8-14, 2016. For more information and rates, go to or You can also contact GVR Photography directly at

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!

Read Diplomatic Courier
Interested in global affairs and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine and website that covers all that and more. Look for the new issue on newsstands or read the latest articles, such as “Baffling International Bureaucracy” and “Diplomacy Beyond Nation States,” at


Casada Congratulations to NIAF member Isabel Comis Degenaars on the publication of her new book, “Casada: The History of an Italian Village and Its People.” The book, originally written in Italian by Degenaars’ Italian cousin Anna Comis and translated into English by Degenaars, explores their family history – from the mountains surrounding their Italian homeland, to the dark coal mines of Pennsylvania. The book is available on or at
 Cucina-Sabina Congratulations to NIAF member Mike Di Girolamo on the opening of his new culinary school in a villa just outside of Rome, Italy. The culinary school, “La Cucina Sabina,” combines the luxury of an Italian villa with the cultural experience of traveling through the Roman countryside. For more information, go to
 Centioli Congratulations to NIAF IALC member Gerard Centioli, the President and CEO of ICON LLC and Senior Partner & Senior VP of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc., on the opening of Tadich Grill in Washington, D.C. Centioli is the driving force behind bringing the Tadich Grill, the oldest restaurant in San Francisco, to this new, second location. This is its first outpost beyond the West Coast, and it is already becoming a hotspot for D.C.’s political crowd. For more information, go to

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:

Perillo Custom Groups
855-PT-Group  855-784-7687

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone