eNotizie - December 2011

A NIAF Christmas Concert
Join NIAF for a festive reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine and holiday cheer in Casa Italiana Hall 6-7 p.m., and then for a Christmas concert featuring Torino-born singer, musician and actress Simona Rodano, 7-8 p.m., Dec. 17, at the Holy Rosary Church, 595 Third St., NW, Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact: Kyla McKenna at 202-939-3117 or

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) mourns the passing of Jeno Paulucci, the Foundation’s Founder and First Chairman. Honored in 2004 by Ernst & Young as the "world's greatest entrepreneur over the past 20 years,” Mr. Paulucci was a pioneer in the ready-made and frozen food industry whose innovations changed the way Americans eat. True to his genius as a visionary, he provided the business acumen and financial support that propelled NIAF to its national and international prominence.

“On behalf of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Board of Directors, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Paulucci family,” said NIAF President Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq. “Jeno Paulucci passed away on Thanksgiving Day following a lengthy illness at age 93.

“His commitment to his Italian heritage was embodied in several of the initiatives that he led for NIAF, including a voice for Italian Americans in Washington, D.C., a bridge between the United States and Italy relations, and his unwavering commitment to help those in need.”

Give the Gift of NIAF
This holiday season, as we gather with friends and family, we are reminded of our great culture and the traditions that are so important to us. It is that special time to pay tribute to those who came before us and to those that continue to carry on our Italian American heritage.

This year, consider giving the “Gift of NIAF.” We are excited to offer NIAF supporters the opportunity to share the mission of NIAF with others this holiday season by giving a gift that will last well beyond December. There are several ways you can participate: Make a charitable donation in honor or memory of a loved one; purchase a gift membership for a friend or family member; or give a lasting legacy by purchasing a brick on our Walk of Honor.

Each gift donation will go directly to help support NIAF’s mission of providing educational and youth programs, scholarships, grants, heritage travel and mentoring.

For more information, visit or call 202-387-0600.

Attenzione: NIAF Scholarships and Grant Applicants!
More than 80 scholarships will be available to students through the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) for the 2012-2013 academic year. Last year, NIAF scholarships to students in the United States averaged more than $3,000.

Scholarship applicants either must be of Italian descent, with at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy, or be a student of any ethnic background majoring or minoring in the Italian language, Italian Studies, Italian American studies or a related field. NIAF scholarship recipients are selected based on academic merit. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to apply.

Applications for NIAF scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year are now being accepted through March 2, 2012. The application is available online at

Applications for the 2012 Voyage of Discovery, an all-expense paid trip for students from the United States to Italy, are being accepted now through Jan. 20, 2012. The application and eligibility requirements are available online at

To submit a proposal for 2012-2013 grant that supports NIAF’s mission to promote Italian American heritage and culture, visit Grant applications will be available in Jan. 2012. The grant application deadline is June 30, 2012.

To establish a NIAF scholarship and or grant, contact Alice Bernardi, NIAF director of finance, at or 202/939-3111.

For more information on NIAF’s scholarship, Voyage of Discover and grant programs, contact Alexandra Dall, or 202-939-3118.

Hockey Fans! New York Islanders NIAF Night!
Join NIAF and the New York Islanders Hockey Club as we salute the Italian heritage for a special NIAF Night of Hockey! Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity for NIAF members to attend the March 10, 2012, game against the New Jersey Devils. Your package deal includes an open bar pre-game reception and premium seats in the Lower Level VIP section ($99-$113 face value)! Tickets for this inclusive deal cost only $75! A portion of the proceeds go to NIAF.

The game is March 10, 2012; 5 p.m. pre-game cocktails; 7 p.m. game time; at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. Contact: David Sibelman, 516-501-6851 or To purchase tickets:

In Recognition
Baritone Gustavo Ahualli and soprano Rosa Betancourt
Kudos to our friends at Finmeccanica, the Italian industrial and high-tech conglomerate, for hosting its third annual tribute concert in honor of wounded warriors, at the Embassy of Italy, in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19.

Among the more than 500 guests attending this year’s concert, titled "Opera's Most Enchanting Moments," featuring singers and musicians from the New York Opera Society, were NIAF Board Member Gen. Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.), Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Undersecretary of Defense Robert Hale.

“A memorable evening honoring our troops, wounded warriors and their caretakers!” said NIAF Vice Chair Hon. Patricia de Stacy Harrison, who attended the concert with her family. “Congratulazioni to Finmeccanica and Simone Bemporad, CEO of Finmeccanica, for their commitment to the troops.”

Following the performance, Bemporad presented charitable donations to three organizations that support wounded service members and military families: The Aleethia Foundation, Our Military Kids, and Wounded Warrior Project.

Italia Carolina’s 2nd Annual Italian American Heritage Concert
Don’t miss the 2nd annual Italian American Heritage Concert in Raleigh, N.C., featuring the magical voices of Michael Amante and Marissa Famiglietti, backed by a 22-piece symphony orchestra! The event’s 2011 honoree Chef Tony Notaro will be back with some signature dishes, and New York singing sensations Will and Anthony Nunziata will make their Carolina debut.

At the Progress Energy Center-Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. For full schedule, details and tickets, visit

Antico at National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is presenting until April 8, 2012, a retrospective on the Italian sculptor Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, a.k.a. Antico (1455-1528). The exhibition, entitled “Antico: the Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes,” is the first dedicated to the work of this major Renaissance artist to be organized in the United States. For more information, visit the National Gallery of Art’s Website:

Congratulations to NIAF Board Member Anita McBride, former assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush, who on Nov. 23 flew to Egypt as a member of the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) delegation to monitor the first phase of Egypt’s elections.

Further congratulations to Anita McBride, who will be honored by the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) at an upcoming event— “Three Wise Women” — in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11, 2012.

Congratulations to Alitalia. For the second consecutive year, Alitalia’s business class menu has been voted “Best Airline Cuisine” by Global Traveler Magazine in a GT Tested Reader Survey, which asked frequent business and luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of travel-related categories. More than 36,000 people responded.

Congratulations to Bagliani's Market, a family-owned business in Hammonton, N.J., for 52 years ( A.J. Bagliani wishes “to thank all of our loyal customers for all of their thanksgiving orders. We appreciate all of the continued support from NIAF members! We are anticipating a very busy Christmas season and wanted to remind all of our NIAF customers to please place their orders early, while supplies last! Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday's from the Bagliani family.

Sincere apologies to Dr. Paul S. Tetro, a member of the NIAF Council Network since 2004, whose name was inadvertently left out of the NIAF Council listing in the 36th Anniversary Gala Journal.

Book Your 2012 Trips to Italy with NIAF
Cruise the Mediterranean, spend leisurely days touring the Italy’s scenic regions, or customize your Italian vacation...

Announcing Spring 2012 Travel Packages to Italy!
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) continues its popular travel programs to Italy by offering four nine-day/seven-night tours departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City beginning in March 2012:

  • Campania…A Land That Will Capture Your Heart” visits the cities of Agropoli, Amalfi, Anacapri, Avellino, Benevento, Capri, Caserta, Naples, Paestum, Pompeii, Positano, Salerno and Sorrento.
  • “The Enchanting Hill Towns of Umbria & Eastern Tuscany” tours the cities of Arezzo, Assisi, Cortona, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Orvieto, Perugia, Pienza, Siena and Todi.
  • “Grand Tour of Sicily 2012” will go to the cities of Agrigento, Catania, Cefalu, Etna, Erice, Monreale, Noto, Palermo, Siracusa and Taormina.
  • “The Jewels of the Riviera with a touch of Piedmont” visits the cities of Cinque Terre, Genoa, Monte Carlo, Nice, Pollenzo, Portofino, Rapallo and Santa Margherita.
Trips include round-trip flights from New York (JFK) to Rome, breakfast and dinner daily, and English-speaking tour manager. Airfare and all current departure taxes and fuel surcharges also are included. Costs range from $2,649 to $3,069 per person based on double occupancy and month of departure.

For information and reservations, contact: Marianna Pisano at or call 800-777-7432. When making reservation, mention the promo code: NIAF.

10-day Mediterranean Cruise in 2012
NIAF and Trek Tours Ltd. are pleased to present a 10-day Mediterranean Cruise with dates from spring through summer 2012. Fly round-trip to Rome and cruise the Mediterranean on the classic MS Noordam to Livorno, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Mallorca, Tunis and Carthage, Palermo and Naples. Joyous patterns of tile work will enliven your path as you experience Renaissance art, see the latest fashions and enjoy the flavor of fresh Italian bread dipped in estate-pressed olive oil.

Pre- and post-cruise vacation packages are available to extend your voyage in Rome. For details or to book your cruise, visit and click “Travel,” or contact Pam Salimeno at NIAF’s partner, Trek Tours, at 1-800-370-0357.

Custom Design Your Vacation to Italy!
Famous for its first-class, fully-escorted tours for 67 years, Perillo Tours is now offering exclusive services to those who would prefer to travel independently or on small hosted tours. Visit Perillo’s for its new one-stop shop to book your flights, hotels, car rentals, train tickets, sightseeing, museum passes, cooking classes, villa rentals, family travel, wedding planning and so much more!

Perillo Tour’s team of experts can custom design your entire trip over the phone! Plus, Perillo’s website is full of information, fun to browse, and filled with tremendous travel deals. And Perillo is giving NIAF members $100 off – just mention the promo code NIAFPT when you book. NIAF receives a donation with every trip you book!

Please visit or call 1-800-ITALY-25 today to book your dream vacation to Italy!

Support Our Sponsors

Alitalia Has a Holiday Gift for You: Save up to $250!

Alitalia wishes you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season. To help celebrate the season of giving, Alitalia has a special holiday gift for you. From Dec. 6 - 20, 2011, take $250 off any transatlantic Business Class ticket and $75 off any Economy Class ticket purchased on’s U.S. website by inserting promo-code “HOLIDAY-GIFT” when prompted. Give yourself or someone you love a memorable trip to Italy this winter.

Book now:

E-Coupon may be used on eligible Classica – Economy Class or Magnifica — Business Class U.S. originating transatlantic ticket purchases made from Dec. 6 - 20, 2011, on’s U.S. website for travel between Jan. 8 and March 31, 2012. Classica Plus — Premium Economy Class tickets are not eligible for the discount. Round-trip travel must be between the original departure and final destination airports. The e-Coupon value will be taken off the entire ticket cost. It may not be combined with any other e-Coupon code(s) or promotional offers and is not valid on previous purchases.

NIAF e-Newsletter compiled
and edited
by Don Oldenburg

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