eNotizie (October 2017)

NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala – next month! 
You’re running out of time! Join us next month, on the weekend of Nov. 4, in the Nation’s Capital, 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! This Gala Awards Dinner sells out every year and tickets are on sale now! For more information on how to purchase tickets or become a Gala sponsor, go to:

NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala Honorees
During each year’s Gala Awards Dinner, NIAF honors special members of the Italian American community who have made significant contributions to society. Among the distinguished and accomplished honorees we’ll be saluting this year:

Nick Stellino
Television Chef and Cookbook Author

HRH Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due Sicilie

Jon DeLuca
Director, Doctor’s Associates Inc/Subway Restaurants Board of Directors

Vittorio Grigolo
Italian Tenor

Alessandro Profumo
CEO of Leonardo S.p.A.

For more details and updates on NIAF’s 2017 Honorees, visit:

Expo Siciliana! 
Don’t miss our Expo Siciliana, the largest Italian American festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.! As part of our 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend, the Expo will feature an indoor bocce court, high-end cars on display, live music, singing, dancing, a special Sicilian marionette show, food tastings and lots of vendors showcasing their Italian products! Booths are still available if you are a vendor! Visit or contact Andrea Bartlett at

Join NIAF’s Columbus Day Parade float!
On Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, NIAF will be riding through the streets of New York City on our very own float for the Columbus Day Parade! Sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizations, this is an incredible experience for all those passionate about being Italian American. Spaces on the float are limited; if you are interested in participating, please email Gabriella Mileti at by 5 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, with a short paragraph describing why you want to be on the float!

Apply for the NIAF i-Italy Internship — Deadline Extended! 
Apply to our new NIAF i-Italy Internship for the opportunity to work with i-Italy, the largest editorial network dedicated to Italian and Italian American affairs in the United States. This part-time internship emphasizes professional experience in media, as well as Italian language proficiency. The internship is based in New York City and includes $1,000-a-month stipend. Deadline to apply has been extended to October 1! For more information, go to

Apply to our Performing Arts Management Scholarship – Deadline This Month! 
NIAF is excited to offer our Performing Arts Management Scholarship in collaboration with Accademia Teatro alla Scala, one of the most renowned institutions for training professionals in the performing arts, and Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (MIP), an internationally recognized management school. This 18-month program takes place in Milan, and gives students hands-on experience. Deadline to apply is THIS MONTH: October 15. For more information, 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:

NIAF’s 2017 Photo Contest—Last Call! Deadline October 10. 
Calling all photographers! Only nine days to enter NIAF’s 2017 Photo Contest! Submit your photograph that perfectly captures this year’s theme: That’s Amore! And it doesn’t have to be romantic! Italy and All Things Italian count! Grand-prize: Gala package that includes flights, hotel accommodations, all Gala weekend events, and two tickets to NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala! Deadline to submit: October 10 at noon EST. For more information and contest rules (please read before submitting) 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 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 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

Member Benefits from Our Corporate Sponsors
NIAF is proud to announce our newest Corporate Sponsor, Gioielli DOP, the first Italian independent association gathering second generations of jewelers. Their “Made in Italy” jewelry products are inspired by Italian culinary traditions. NIAF members can receive 20 percent off all merchandise, free 48-hour express shipping, AND free gift wrapping by accessing their NIAF Membership Portal online. And don’t forget to take a look at all other money-saving discounts and exclusive deals offered by NIAF Corporate Sponsors 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 (NOIAW)
Join the Greater Washington, D.C., region of NOIAW this Saturday on October 7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for a private tour of the National Air and Space Museum. The tour, which will be led by a museum docent, will highlight Italian aircrafts used during World War II. After the tour, guests will have the opportunity to mingle and network over lunch in the museum cafe (at their own expense). For more information, click here:

The Greater New York region of NOIAW will host a Celebration of Italian Heritage and Culture month on Friday, October 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the iconic Italian restaurant Sardi’s. The event will pay special tribute to Italian and Italian American actors and directors. To RSVP or for more information on the event, click here:

To see all upcoming events hosted by the ladies of NOIAW throughout the United States, click here:

Feast of Little Italy
Don’t miss this three-day event in Jupiter, Fla., November 3-5, filled to the brim with Italian American food, vendors and entertainment! Aside from cooking demos, eating contests and festival rides, you’ll also have the chance to listen to some of the best Italian voices in the country! For more information, click here:

The Calandra Italian American Institute 
Join the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York City on October 24, from 6-7:30 p.m., for a panel discussion titled, “Monuments, Public Memory, and Group Identity: The Cultural Politics of Italian America in the Twentieth-First Century.” The focus will be on how the past is remembered in public spaces. For more information, click here:

14th Annual Vendemmia da Vinci 
The Societa da Vinci will host its annual Vendemmia da Vinci event on October 8, 2-6 p.m., at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, Del. The event includes Italian wine and food sampling, an Italian beer garden, a handcrafted wine and homemade gravy contest, Italian vendors, and live entertainment.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here:

Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies
Join Stony Brook University in New York City for a discussion on Italian and Italian American food culture on Thursday, October 12, at 4 p.m. The discussion will look into the U.S. national culinary identity, from World War II to the economic boom of the 1950’s. For more information, click here:

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) 
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) will have two traditional Sicilian carts on display as part of its “The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement” through January 7, 2018. The carretto is a historic folk symbol of Sicilian culture. For more details on the exhibit and the museum, click here:

Support “Dream of Italy” on PBS 
In season two of the PBS travel series “Dream of Italy,” host Kathy McCabe celebrates the connections between Italy and America with a visit to Basilicata with Hollywood Director Francis Ford Coppola, and an episode on McCabe’s roots in Campania. Support the show with your tax-deductible donation – depending on donation level, your name or your business name could appear on-screen in front of 30 million Italophiles! To donate or to learn more, click here:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met will host the largest exhibit in its history, titled, “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.” The exhibit will include 150 of the artist’s drawings, three marble sculptures, and his first-known painting. The exhibit officially opens on November 13, and runs through February 2018. 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. 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

Sculpture at 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 several Italian American artists. The exhibit is open through October 31. 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.

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Alitalia is excited to announce that it 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).
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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone