eNotizie (September 2017)

NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala! 
Join us on the weekend of Nov. 4, 2017, 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:

Expo Italiana! 
Don’t miss our Expo Italiana, 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, tastings and lots of vendors showcasing their Italian products! Booths are still available if you are a vendor! Visit or contact Andrea Bartlett at

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 On Campus Fellowship – deadline to apply THIS MONTH! 
Do you want to be a leader of the Italian American community on campus? We are looking for passionate students who want to have a voice in Italian American affairs for our 2017-2018 NIAF On Campus Fellowship Program. Student Fellows will receive leadership training, networking opportunities, and a ticket to NIAF’s 42nd Anniversary Gala. Deadline to apply: September 15. For more information, go to:

Apply for the NIAF i-Italy Internship — Deadline this month! 
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 is September 22. For more information, 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 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 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 (NOIAW) 
Join the Greater Washington, D.C., region of NOIAW on September 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Via Umbria for a discussion and book signing of “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed,” by Sara Gay Forden. The event will include a presentation by the author, as well as delicious refreshments courtesy of Via Umbria. 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 Feast of San Gennaro 
The annual celebration of the Feast of San Gennaro returns to historic Little Italy in Lower Manhattan this month, September 14-24. This 11-day event includes religious processions, parades, entertainment, and – of course – plenty of authentic Italian American cuisine. For full details on the event, go to

The Library of Congress presents: Marco Polo and the Global Silk Roads 
Join the Library of Congress for a presentation and display of collections on Marco Polo and the Global Silk Roads on September 28, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The presentation will be given by Lilya Pavlovic-Dear, a member of the National Organization of Italian American Women, and is offered in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here:

The Calandra Italian American Institute 
Join the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York city on September 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. for a discussion led by Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra on “New Italian Migrations to the United States: Politics and History since 1945.” For more information on the presentation, 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 fellow car-lovers on the Stony Brook University campus for the “Robert D. Cess Concorso D’Eleganza XII: Celebration of Italian Automotive Excellence” on September 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will include various Italian car and motorcycles on display, as well as several automotive clubs. For more information, click here:

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

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 a number of 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.


Congratulations to NIAF member Brandon Vallorani on the publication of his book, “The Wolves and the Mandolin: Celebrating Life’s Privileges In A Harsh World.” Vallorani, a third-generation Italian American, shares his life experiences in this nonfiction book, following his Italian family’s humble beginnings to Vallorani’s success as a businessman and entrepreneur. The book is available on
Auguri to NIAF member Michelle Gagliano on her upcoming art exhibitions. Gagliano, whose work largely focuses on landscape and the interplay between light and dark, will be featured at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts until February 11, 2018, and will be hosting a “Meet the Artist” event at the Affordable Art Fair in New York on Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. For more information on Gagliano, her art, and other upcoming events, visit her website at

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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