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Register Now for NIAF’s Anniversary Gala!
Don’t miss out on all the excitement! The NIAF 36th Anniversary Gala Convention Weekend, October 28-29, at The Washington Hilton in the Nation’s Capital, promises to be the premier event of the year for celebrating Italian American heritage and all things Italian.

Among this year’s honorees will be Dion DiMucci, the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; Santo Versace, president of Gianni Versace S.p.A.; Emma Marcegaglia, president of Confindustria; Frank G. Mancuso Sr., Hollywood film executive and former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and MGM.; Paolo Scudieri, managing director of Adler Plastic S.p.A.; and Capri Cafaro, minority leader of the Ohio Senate. The Gala’s mistress of ceremonies will be Emmy award-winning television journalist Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC’s "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo" and host and managing editor of "The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo."

Dion DiMucci Maria Bartiromo Santo Versace

The two-day convention and Saturday-night Gala will feature a long list of celebrity guests and a nonstop schedule of special receptions, entertainment, live and silent auctions, seminars, and the popular Expo Italia trade show. Register today at

Guarini Policy Forum to host PhRMA’s John Castellani
Join us on July 14 for the NIAF Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forum featuring a keynote lecture by John Castellani, president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in the U.S. Capitol.

One of the nation’s largest policy organizations, PhRMA represents the nation’s leading pharmaceutical firms at a time when the healthcare industry is having an increasing impact on our country. This event is open to NIAF council members. Not a Council member? Join today. Location: The U.S. Capitol House Visitors Center—HVC 201. Noon to 1:30 p.m. RSVP at

Support The NIAF Geraldine A. Ferraro Women’s Leadership Forum
The NIAF Geraldine A. Ferraro Women’s Leadership Forum is named in honor of the late political pioneer Geraldine Anne Ferraro, who was a founding member of NIAF in 1975 and later rejoined NIAF’s Board of Directors serving two terms in office between 1994 and 2004.

The educational program will be comprised of young Italian American women who are pursuing careers in public service and also will provide them with mentoring opportunities to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Those interested in supporting the NIAF Geraldine A. Ferraro Women’s Leadership Forum, please send contributions to the NIAF Geraldine A. Ferraro Women’s Leadership Forum, The NIAF, 1860 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. Donations can be made online at

NIAF Commissions Social Policy Study
NIAF recently commissioned the nation’s leading polling & survey firm, Zogby-IBOPE, to conduct a 600-person survey to identify social policy trends among the Italian American population. This report, combined with earlier commissioned studies, will allow NIAF to highlight shifts in attitudes over the last decade in how Italian Americans view major social questions of the day.

NIAF expects to raise significant media attention from the survey’s results and will develop an ongoing study that continues to evaluate how the Italian American constituency views significant issues. This valuable resource will allow NIAF to continue to serve as the voice for the 25 million Americans of Italian descent while providing guidance and direction on how to best engage the Italian American community.

A Taste of NIAF
Join NIAF Council members for a Council Reception and Fancy Food Show at NIAF Headquarters on July 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The dining experience will be sponsored by ItalFoods Inc., Parma and LavAzza. Location: 1860 19th St. NW Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Rebecca Bartello, at or 202-939-3114.

Wine Tasting in Columbus, Ohio
Join NIAF members and friends for an elegant wine tasting at the Refectory Restaurant & Bistro on August 4. Known for its world-class wine cellar, the Refectory will serve appetizing hors d’oeuvres along with some of the finest Italian wines. And door prizes! Thursday, August 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; $30 per person. Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, 1092 Bethel Rd., Columbus, Ohio. For more information and personal invitations, contact Beatrice Santacroce at 202-939-3120 or

Tee It Up in August
Sign up for NIAF's 7th Annual New York Golf Tournament that benefits NIAF’s scholarship and educational programs for the New York area. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, silent auction and awards dinner. Monday, August 22 at the Old Westbury Golf & Country Club, 270 Wheatley Rd., Old Westbury, N.Y. Details on golf foursomes to follow soon. For more information and reservations, contact: Maureen McMahon at or call 212-915-5947.

Golfing for Good Causes
Mark your calendars for the Ninth Annual NIAF Sarazen Memorial Cup Golf Tournament at Hopkinton Country Club in Hopkinton, Mass., on Monday, October 10. The tournament will pay tribute to Gene Sarazen, the legendary Italian-American golfer, and will benefit the NIAF Gene Sarazen Scholarship Fund and the Italian Home for Children in Boston.

Hopkinton Country Club features a private, 18-hole, par-72, 6,711-yard championship golf course designed by British architect Ian Scott Taylor. Foursomes start at $1,250. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Hopkinton Country Club is located at 204 Saddle Hill Rd., Hopkinton, Mass. Contact: Suzanne Delaney at, or call 978-851-0200.

Alfio Releases new CD!
Famed Italian-Australian singer and songwriter Alfio is back with a brand new cd, “tutta Italiana.” Following the success of his previous album “Classic Rewinds,” Alfio now pays special homage to his Italian heritage and takes us on a sentimental journey through an album of Italian songs.

In “tutta Italiana,” Alfio, who performed at the Chairman’s After Hours event following the NIAF’s 35th Anniversary Awards Gala last October, includes some of his own original songs along with classic Italian favorites.

Check out his tour dates, hear song clips and purchase the new cd at his website:

Rocco B. Commisso, a member of the NIAF Board of Directors, was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame last month in Chicago at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s annual convention. In his acceptance speech, Commisso, the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Mediacom Communications Corporation, the nation's eighth largest cable television company, said that his entrepreneurial spirit was fueled by the opportunities he discovered in the United States as a 12-year-old immigrant from Southern Italy.

NIAF Council Member Patrick Del Duca, a Los Angeles attorney at the law firm of Zuber & Taillieu, has been appointed by the American Bar Association as co-chair of its Mexico Committee and to serve as its liaison to the Consiglio Nazionale Forense, Italy’s national bar association. He has also been selected to be included in the 2011 edition of peer-review guide “The Best Lawyers in America.”

And congratulations to Alexandra V. Rongione, a rising junior at Solanco High School, in Quarryville, Penn., whose essay “What It Means to Be Italian American” won first place out of 225 submissions in NIAF’s Italia 150 Essay Contest. Read Alexandra’s touching and insightful essay at or in the upcoming issue of Ambassador magazine.

Capitoline Venus Exhibit
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the famed Capitoline Venus, one of the best-preserved sculptures from Roman antiquity, on display through September 5 in the West Building Rotunda of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. This important, 2nd century AD, marble statue from the Capitoline Museum in Rome has left Rome on only one other occasion—when Napoleon seized it in 1797.
The Capitoline Venus, 2nd century AD, marble (probably Parian), as installed in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale—Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy

Photo by Rob Shelley

Preceding the official opening of the exhibition, Mayor Alemanno of Rome and Mayor Vincent C. Gray of Washington, D.C., signed a proclamation signifying the newly formed sister city relationship of the two capital cities. The exhibition is part of The Dream of Rome project initiated by the mayor of Rome to exhibit timeless masterpieces in the United States from 2011 to 2013. It is also part of Italy@150, a series of events and activities around Washington and in the United States to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification.

Dining at the National Gallery of Art
And while at the National Gallery, make sure to dine at National Gallery of Art Garden Café Italia where famed Chef Fabio Trabocchi of the Penn Quarter restaurant Fiola has revamped the summer menu with lighter fare inspired by the “Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1525–1835” exhibition, on view in the West Building through November 27.

The Garden Café Italia is located in the West Building near the entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW and is open Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. To make reservations for groups of eight or more, please contact the café manager at 202-712-7454.

New Film “Passione”
Acclaimed Italian actor and director John Turturro’s new film, “Passione,” is a “wild, colorful, sexy ode to the music and people of Naples!” It’s two-week New York City engagement runs through July 5 , at Film Forum, West Houston Street (west of 6th Avenue), with afternoon and evening screenings daily at 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:10. Box Office: 212-727-8110.

Fratelli d'Italia Exhibit in New York
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of a united Italy, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò is hosting through July 30 an exhibition, “Fratelli d'Italia,” a collection of caricatures and artistic works on the theme of the Italian Unification. Located at New York University, 24 W 12th St., New York, N.Y. 212-998-8739.

Book Your 2011 Trips to Italy and Greek Islands Cruise with NIAF
Tour the Italian Lakes regions, spend leisurely days exploring Southern Italy or take a cruise of the Greek Islands

Tour of the Italian Lakes!
This is a journey through breathtaking landscapes, enchanting rustic towns and gastronomical delights that you’ll never forget. Your seven-night vacation traveling with NIAF and Unitours will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after resting by Italy's scenic lakesides. While visiting these picturesque lakes, you will also have the opportunity to spend a day in Milan, Italy's fashion capital and home to the majestic Duomo and Teatro della Scala Opera House. Travelers enjoy an authentic Italian lunch (pranzo) at an Agriturismo at Ristorante Hostaria Una Rara in Franciacorta! Chef Ennio Zanoletti (pictured with one of the tour guides Marina Marelli) prepares the specialties. For details, visit and click “Travel,” or contact NIAF’s partner, Unitours, at 1-888-846-6423.

Take NIAF’s Southern Lights Tour
Naples, Sorrento and Pompeii on your must-see list? Now’s the time to sign up for NIAF and Perillo Italy Vacations’ 2011 Southern Lights Tour. Spend nine days and seven nights exploring undiscovered parts of Italy as well as visiting your favorite popular sights, including visits to Naples, Amalfi, San Giovanni Rotondo and Gargano. For details, visit and click “Travel” or call 1-800-Italy-25.

Greek Islands Cruise in 2011!
NIAF and Trek Tours Ltd. are pleased to present a 10 Night Greek Isles Cruise with date through the summer and early fall. This fascinating journey of the most beautiful coastlines and ports of the Mediterranean will include visits to Venice (Italy), Split (Croatia), Corfu (Greece), Athens (Greece) and Mykonos, Greece, and other picturesque and ancient locations while aboard the magnificent cruise ship Splendour of the Seas.

Book now for cabin reduced rates for the August 26 cruise! For details, visit and click “Travel,” or call Pam Salimeno at NIAF’s partner, Trek Tours, at 1-800-370-0357.

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