eNotizie - August 2013
2013 Photo Contest


Register Today for NIAF's Anniversary Gala!
October's just around the corner so it's time to make reservations for NIAF's 38th Anniversary Gala, October 25-26, in Washington, D.C.

This year's streamlined gala promises to be an exciting weekend filled with fantastic events, networking opportunities and socializing! Comedian and actor Joe Piscopo is serving as NIAF's celebrity ambassador and will be on hand with many other stars and personalities.

Register Today!

Among this year's distinguished honorees are George Randazzo, Founder and Chairman of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago; Diana Bracco, CEO and President of Bracco S.p.A.; and Roberto Colannino, Chairman and CEO of Piaggio & C. S.p.A. NIAF Vice Chairman Louis J. Freeh, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chairman of Pepper Hamilton LLP and Freeh Group Int'l Solutions, will serve as the Gala Chairman.

More announcements coming soon! Meanwhile, the two-day Gala weekend schedule is already jammed with special receptions, wine tastings, seminars and entertainment, including:
  • On Friday, October 25: "Come Fly with Me," NIAF's first-ever Casino Night at the lush Atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue! Sponsored by Alitalia, this electrifying evening of casino games, dinner, open bar, live music and dancing will also feature NIAF's always popular Live and Silent Auction.

  • Saturday, October 26: NIAF's Networking Breakfast and special Italian American Studies Association Conference; a fascinating presentation by Linda Barrett Osborne and Paolo Battaglia, authors of the new book "Explorers Emigrants Citizens" A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress"; a special screening of "Carnera: The Walking Mountain," the true story of Italy's only heavyweight champion Primo Carnera, with an exclusive meet-and-greet with the film's lead actor Andrea Iaia; a sit-down Wine Tasting and Luncheon with a knowledgeable sommelier leading tasters through traditional and modern Italian wines; and the annual and always lively "Ieri, Oggi, Domani" State of the Community discussion. Saturday culminates with the evening Gala Receptions, the black-tie 38th Anniversary Awards Gala and, afterward, for those of partying heart and soul, the NIAF After Hours Celebration.

Early registration is recommended! And, don't forget, among the many benefits NIAF members receive are discounts to the Gala and all of the weekend events! So register now by visiting

Hotel Reservations: For special Gala discount room rates and other benefits, book your hotel reservation directly on the Hilton website at or call the Hilton directly at 202-483-3000 and refer to the "NIAF" room block.

Gala Sponsorships: This is a great way to give back to the Italian American community and support NIAF's mission of preserving Italian American heritage, providing educational opportunities, serving as the voice for Americans of Italian decent in the nation's capital, and promoting cultural and commercial ties between Italy and the United States. Several different levels of sponsorship are available for individuals, families and corporations, offering benefits beyond seating at the Gala—including electronic sponsorship ads that appear throughout the Gala dinner on the Hilton's three giant ballroom monitors. CLICK HERE for sponsorship information.

NIAF Photo Contest: Show your Italianità!
The National Italian American Foundation is now accepting submissions for our first NIAF Photo Contest. The topic is Italianità – the Italian spirit or essence!

Photo Contest!

Submit your photograph that best captures Italianità! Submissions may be poignant, breathtaking, humorous, provocative, heartbreaking or gritty. They may be portraits, travel photos, spontaneous moments, family celebrations, ancestors, culinary images, or scenes. Technical quality, composition and clarity are important, but judges will be looking for images that best express Italianness!

You may submit only an image that you have taken yourself or that belongs to you personally. One photo per person, please.

First Prize: One First Prize will be awarded, consisting of:
  • Two tickets (winner and guest) to NIAF's 38th Anniversary Gala dinner and all Gala events the weekend of October 25-26 in Washington, D.C.
  • Two-night stay for two at the Washington Hilton during the Gala weekend.
  • Roundtrip airfare for two (within continental United States).
  • The winning image will be displayed at NIAF's 2013 Anniversary Gala, on the NIAF website, and in NIAF's social media.
  • The winning photo will be featured in the 2013 Winter issue of NIAF's Ambassador magazine, published in December.
  • The winner will receive a one-year associate membership to NIAF (transferable).
Second Prize: Six Second Prize winners will each receive a one-year associate membership to NIAF (transferable). Second prize images will be displayed at NIAF's 2013 Anniversary Gala, on the NIAF website, in NIAF's social media, and in the 2013 Winter issue of NIAF's Ambassador magazine, published in December.

Please read official rules carefully before entering the contest. No purchase necessary; membership not necessary. Enter Today! For complete rules and prize information, go E-mail questions 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 contact Alexandra Dall, director of Programming, at with your current contact information.

Celebrate The Year of Italian Culture 2013!
If you're an Italophile, you're in luck all this year! "The Year of Italian Culture" is a year-long initiative by the Italian government to promote Italy's innovative contributions to the world in science, technology and culture with an extensive program of events around the United States, including art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food. For more information on what scheduled for August and beyond, view the entire calendar of events at

Tee Time
It finally here! NIAF's 9th Annual New York Golf Tournament benefitting the Foundation's scholarship and educational programs for the New York area gets started at 10:30 a.m., on August 13, at the Old Westbury Golf & Country Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. Foursome packages include registration, 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, silent auction and awards dinner. Sponsorship packages are available. For more information, contact Nick Caiazzo at

Immigration Public Policy Luncheon
The NIAF Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Luncheon on Immigration on September 12 will feature keynote speaker Michael Barone, senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. 12 – 1:30 p.m., at the U.S. Capitol, Rayburn Building Room B-339. Call 202-939-3105 for more information.

Roberto Bolle & Friends
Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend a memorable evening with one of Italy's most beloved artists, Roberto Bolle, principal dancer of Etoile for Teatro alla Scala and the first Italian to be made principal dancer with American Ballet Theater. Bolle returns to New York City as creative director and star of "Roberto Bolle and Friends." In this one-night-only premiere, which marks the crowning event of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture, the famous principal dancer brings us the best of today's talent, including such internationally acclaimed dancers as Alicia Amatriain, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, Herman Cornejo, Marlon Dino, Mikhail Kaniskin, Maria Kochetkova, Lucia Lacarra, Jason Reilly, Alina Somova, and Erika Gaudenzi. At the New York City Center, September 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. CLICK HERE for more information.

Roots in the Boot is hiring!
Know someone who is detail-oriented, determined, and would enjoy doing meaningful work that can be treasured for generations? Roots in the Boot, the exclusive genealogy partner of NIAF, is seeking expert treasure-hunters (researchers), and assistants, to join our famiglia. A passion for heartfelt family storytelling and a commitment to excellence are a must! Advanced genealogy skills and/or proficiency in a romance language preferred. Click for more details:

Casa Belvedere
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere on Staten Island continues its busy summer schedule this month with a Tuscan Farm-to-Table Dinner with Chef Dave on August 17, and Dining al Fresco with Michael Colameco on August 21. And catch some of the most-awarded Italian films at Casa Belvedere's 8 p.m. outdoor screenings starting with "The First Beautiful Thing" on August 1 and "Love, Soccer and Other Catastrophes" on August 8. The movies are in Italian with English subtitles. Admission is free; donations welcome. And while taking in a culinary event at the Italian Cultural Foundation, check out the beautiful Cucina Colavita at Casa Belvedere, the new state-of-the-art Italian kitchen built with support from Colavita, importer of the leading brand of Italian extra virgin olive oil. For the complete schedule of events, visit

Bring A Chair...Baltimore's Annual Little Italy Film Festival
This open-air, summertime, Friday nights, film festival is a fun throwback to the good old days and takes place right out in the parking lot at the corner Stiles and High streets in Baltimore's Little Italy. So bring your lawn chair early to get a good seat. The Colombo Bank is providing complimentary popcorn, as it has for 16 years, and four of Little Italy's fine Italian restaurants will be selling salads, subs and cannoli. Live entertainment (by Mario Palumbo) and dancing from 7-9 p.m.; The films began at 9 p.m. each Friday in August, including "Casino Royale" on August 2, "Eat PrayLove" on August 9, and "La Dolce Vita" on August 16. For more information, call 410-727-6876 or visit

Vendemmia da Vinci
The da Vinci Society of Delaware is holding its annual fall festival Vendemmia da Vinci celebrating the centuries-old tradition of the Italian grape harvest on Sunday, October 13, at Tubman Garrett Park in Wilmington, Del., from 2 - 6 p.m. The festival will feature some of the best local Italian wines, Italian cuisine from area restaurants, an Italian beer garden, live entertainment, a homemade gravy-making contest, and Italian vendors. For more information, visit

Arthur Cola at Italian American Museum
Arthur Cola, author of four novels, will be presenting his books—including a preview of his upcoming novel "Stolen Christmas"—at the Italian American Museum in New York City's Little Italy (Grand and Mulberry streets) on August 8 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 212-965-9000.

Bel Paese Italian Sport News
Attenzioni sport enthusiasts!!! NIAF member Giovanni Camarchioli, editor of Bel Paese, a newspaper in South Florida, has launched the newspaper's new Italian sports news bulletins. The twice-a-day (morning and afternoon) broadcasts that began on June 1 are in Italian and accessible by phone. Just call the local number in any of the following locations and listen to the brief sports updates: Boston (508-955-2150); Chicago (312-929-0935); Philadelphia (267-339-6255); Hartford (203-517-0549); New Jersey (201-815-2229); and New York City (212-537-5187). For more information, e-mail:

Ancient Art of Sicily — Southern Cal
Last chance to see the masterpieces of ancient art at the antiquities exhibition, "Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome," at the J. Paul Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif. The exhibition of about 150 ancient artworks runs through August 19, then travels to the Cleveland Museum of Art where it will be on view September 29 through January 5, 2014. For more information, visit

Da Vinci: The Genius
If you're in Santa Ana, Calif., this summer, swing by the "Da Vinci: The Genius" exhibition at the Discovery Science Center. The exhibit demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo Da Vinci's remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. It features full-scale inventions crafted from Da Vinci's personal codices, plus reproductions of his most famous Renaissance art and anatomical sketches. Through September 8. For more information, visit:

Cooking with Nonna
Rossella Rago, host of "Cooking with Nonna," will be at the St. Anthony's Feast presenting cooking demonstrations August 24-25 in Boston and she's looking for a local nonna in the Boston area to cook with her. If you or someone you know is interested in joining Rossella on stage, visit The deadline to contact her is August 10.

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds supporting NIAF's mission by shopping for great deals! By dining out! By traveling! All you have to do is register (free) at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, and then go shopping by the type of deal you want.

And each time you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to NIAF. It's like Groupon and Living Social, except while helping yourself, you're also helping your charitable cause. Get started at

Read Diplomatic Courier
Interested in global affairs? Diplomacy and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. The new issue of Diplomatic Courier focuses on The Future of Diplomacy, with special features on The Digital Diplomacy Forum in Washington, D.C., in June and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Internet Age, the Case for Mediated Diplomacy, and Evolving the Handshake, plus more!

For more information, visit, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.

Congratulations to Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and twice-elected governor of Arizona, on her appointment to serve as the first woman president of the University of California. In 2009, Janet Napolitano received NIAF's Special Achievement Award for Public Service during the Foundation's 34th Anniversary Gala.
Congratulations to NIAF member Rosanna Chiofalo on the publication next month of her second novel "Carissima" (Kensington Publishing; $15). Based on the author's own experiences as a first-generation Italian American raised in Queens, N.Y., the novel is set in New York and Rome and explores the dynamics of love, friendship, loss and forgiveness. It's available for pre-order now at and other online bookstores. For more information, visit
Congratulations to Angela Rago, wife of NIAF Council member Vito Rago, on her recently released movie "Sister Italy," which she wrote and starred in. Directed by Angelo Bonsignore, the film, now available on dvd, is a drama/comedy about two sisters trying to get an inheritance from a rich aunt by cooking all her favorite foods for her. Visit the "Sister Italy" Facebook page at and view the film's trailer at

Why Join NIAF?
Besides member discounts to fantastic events like the Anniversary Gala in October? NIAF is the premier Italian American organization. Its core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans about their remarkable cultural inheritance. By joining, you not only will help to support that mission but 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 (coming soon)
  • 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

Book Your 2013 Trips to Italy with NIAF

2013 Heritage Tours By Perillo Tours
Join the National Italian American Foundation in 2013 to visit one of the many beautiful regions of Italy. This year we have partnered with Perillo Tours to provide you with the best selection of trips and excursions.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please call 855-PT-GROUP (855-784-7687) or email

Culture and heritage of Southern Italy
Lemon trees and vineyards cascade down the terraced cliffs to the sea. Soft sea breezes mix with the scent of fresh basil, tomatoes and olive oil. Capri sparkles in the distance. Welcome to Southern Italy! Featuring Apulia, Salerno, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Ravello and Rome! Dates: September 21-28. Price: $2,689/person (land only). Discount air available from NYC area (call for more details).

The Adriatic Pearls
Join fellow NIAF members on a once in a lifetime Journey of Discover to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Set between Lombardy and Tuscany, and stretching from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean, Emilia-Romagna is the heartland of northern Italy. Emilia is a wealthy area whose tone is well-mannered, well-dressed and comfortable. The region excels in many ways, not least in the regional cuisine. Dates: October 11-18. Price: $2,170/person (land only). Discount air available from NYC area (call for more details).

Art & Architecture of the Veneto & Lake Garda
From art to wine, we will travel through the most famous wine producing vineyards in the villa land during our NIAF exclusive full day of food and wines of the Veneto region. Palladian villas, historic towns, fine art, canals and regional cuisine. Dates: October 11-18. Price: $1,650/person (land only). Discount air available from NYC area.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please call 855-PT-GROUP (855-784-7687) or email

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And as a special thanks for capturing and sharing your Italian moment with us, you will be automatically entered in our Facebook sweepstakes for a chance to win two economy tickets to Italy. Click here: for details and to submit your video!

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