eNotizie - July 2012

Register Now for NIAF’s Anniversary Gala!!
Don’t miss out on all the excitement! Book your reservations now for NIAF’s 37th Annual Anniversary Gala weekend, October 12-13, at The Washington Hilton in the nation’s capital. This year’s new and streamlined gala promises to be the best ever! Among the honorees will be Mark Del Rosso, COO of Audi; Ralph Izzo, CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG); and Letizia Moratti, former Mayor of Milan, with more announcements coming soon. NIAF Board Member John F. Scarpa will serve as the Gala chairman. The Friday night entertainment will feature famed jazz singer and recording artist Steve Tyrell and his band. The two-day Gala weekend promises to be a nonstop schedule of special receptions, wine tastings, seminars, entertainment, the annual live and silent auction luncheon, and a long list of celebrity guests for the Saturday night Gala dinner. Reserve rooms through NIAF’s special room block at the Washington Hilton and purchase tickets at

Italian American Relief Fund
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has established the Italian American Relief Fund, an effort uniting Italian American organizations, corporations and individuals with the single objective of assisting our Motherland in times of need. The coordinated effort will provide immediate response whenever natural catastrophes and other disasters occur in Italy.

One of the first projects of the Italian American Relief Fund is to help Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno, a facility for disabled and mentally challenged individuals that was ravaged by the recent Emilia Romagna earthquake. Located in the Villa Chierici of Santa Croce di Carpi, in Modena, the Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno looks after nearly 200 children in the area who have physical and/or mental disabilities. The earthquake damaged the Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno’s rural residence, making it dangerous to use the facilities. NIAF is focusing its efforts on restoring the facility.

Donate Today!

“The initiatives goal is to raise $250,000 in donations by September 2012,” said NIAF Chief Operating Officer John M. Viola, adding that the initiative is a vehicle for the Italian American community to respond to situations of great need now and in the future. “We are combining our resources and strength to help the people of Emilia Romagna. And by uniting all groups in our community, we can make our response faster and more substantial. We are united to give 100 percent of every dollar raised to our Italian brethren who need it most.”

Individuals, corporations and foundations wishing to partner in the Italian American Relief Fund can make their donations online at All donations are tax deductible and receipts will be issued by NIAF.

Flag Design Contest
Flag Day (June 14) has come and gone, but NIAF’s design contest in search of an Italian American flag continues until August 1. NIAF is soliciting designs that incorporate Italy and United States representing our two rich cultures. The American flag has been a symbol of our nation’s strength and unity for more than 200 years, with stars representing the 50 states and stripes representing the original 13 colonies. The colors are also symbolic; red for hardiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice. The colors in the Italian flag also have meaning; white for faith, red for charity and green for hope.

The new flag should be symbolic, iconic and represent the unity of both countries. The winning submission will be announced on NIAF’s website, Facebook page and displayed at NIAF’s headquarters in the nation’s capital. Our hope is to have the flag proudly hung in every Italian American household! Submission deadline: August 1, 2012. Please note: submissions are the intellectual property of NIAF, however, the designer will get full recognition for his or her work! Email your design as a jpeg or pdf to Let your creative spirit soar!

Festa Del Giglio in Brooklyn
For a truly authentic Italian American experience, head over to the 125th Festa del Giglio on July 8 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Celebrating the feast days of St. Paulinus of Nola and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the day begins with a traditional Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, followed by a parade and blessing of the celebrants. Then, on to the day’s main event starting at 1 p.m.: “The Dancing of the Giglio.” As a band plays traditional music and capos shout their commands, 100 men from the community lift a 3-ton, 65-feet-tall spire and dance under its weight in traditional and ancient patterns, retelling the story of St. Paulinus. NIAF COO John Viola, whose hometown is Brooklyn, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal of the feast parade. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is located at 275 North 8th Street in Brooklyn, N.Y. Visit for more information.

Tee It Up in August
Sign up now for NIAF's 8th Annual New York Golf Tournament benefitting the Foundation’s scholarship and educational programs for the New York area. Foursome packages include registration, 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, raffle and awards dinner. Sponsorship packages are available at $3,500. August 13, 2012. Registration and breakfast at 10:30 a.m.; shotgun start at noon. Old Westbury Golf & Country Club, 270 Wheatley Road, Old Westbury, N.Y. For more information, contact Nicholas R. Caiazzo at

Voyage of Discovery News
They’re back! The 32 college students in NIAF’s 2012 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program arrived in Rome on May 29 have returned. You can follow some of the highlights of their excursions through Italy online by visiting The all-expenses-paid program is designed to strengthen the students’ Italian American identity by bonding them to the country, culture and heritage of Italy, and to help them gain an understanding of their heritage and a pride in preserving that heritage for the next generation. Stay tuned for information about the 2013 Voyage of Discovery program.

Cooking With Nonna in Milwaukee
Join Rossella Rago, host of “Cooking with Nonna,” on July 21 and 22 at the Festa Italiana in Milwaukee, Wis. Rossella, who is featured in Key Milwaukee Magazine this month, will be doing two cooking demonstrations and one will be with a local Nonna. On July 21, at 9:50 a.m., she will also do a live cooking demonstration with the Nonna on NBC WTMJ 4. Please visit Rossella’s “Cooking with Nonna” website at

Cluster at The Strathmore — D.C. area
It’s all a cappella on July 14 at the Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md., where one of Italy’s most popular vocal groups, Cluster, will perform. The five young musicians who met while studying at the Niccolò Paganini Conservatory of Music in Genoa won millions of fans in its successful run on Italian TV’s “X Factor Italy.”

Also appearing will be the Afro Blue Vocal Band of NBC’s “The Sing Off” fame, and the Swiss a cappella group The Glue. Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 20852. Tickets: $18-$38. For more information, to see videos of the groups and buy tickets, visit

Italian Cinema in New York
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere presents Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2012, an outdoor Italian film festival featuring Italian-style comedy, romance and suspense at its best! On the big screen this month is Gianni Amelio’s Le Chiavi Di Casa (2004) on July 12; Michele Placido’s “Romanzo Criminale” (2005) on July 19; and Kim Rossi Stuart’s “Anche Libero Va Bene” (2006) on July 26. Admission is free; bring your beach chairs and blankets! The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, N.Y. 10301. For more information, call 718-273-7660 or visit

San Diego Italian Film Festival
SDIFF comes to the historic La Paloma Theater in Encinitas this month to screen three award-winning Italian movies—“Marcello Marcello” (2009) on Saturday, July 7; “Immaturi” (2011) on Thursday, July 12; and “Il Gioiellino” (2011) on Thursday, July 26. Shows begin at 9 p.m. and cost $9. Tickets are available at the La Paloma box office (cash only). The theater is located at 471 S. Coast Highway in Encinitas. For more information, visit

Uffizi Gallery’s Angel Exhibit U.S. Tour
Catch the U.S. tour of “Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery” while it’s still at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa. Showing 43 paintings and two tapestries from such Baroque and Renaissance masters as Botticelli, Liberi and Tintoretto, this show ends August 12 and then moves to the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wis., August 24-November 25. The exhibit’s final U.S. stop is scheduled for the Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts, in Savannah, Ga., from December 7 through March 31, 2013. The spring issue of NIAF’s Ambassador magazine featured the exhibit! For more information, visit the Michener Art Museum’s website at

Castiglione at The National Gallery of Art
Last chance this week to see The National Gallery’s exhibit of 80 works on paper by the Italian Baroque master Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664), as well as works by his contemporaries and followers. The exhibition, “The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione,” will be on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Ground Floor, through July 8. For more information, visit

Study in Italy This Summer and Fall
If you’re thinking about studying in Italy, make sure to check out the new virtual tour of John Cabot University, the only American university located along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome. Located in Rome’s historic and quaint neighborhood of Trastevere, John Cabot University has been welcoming study-abroad students since 1972. Credits transfer back to your home university. All classes are taught in English and include Art History, Business, Classics, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Political Science, and more.

The campus is an international setting with students from Italy and more than 50 countries. Work study and scholarships are available. The university is extending its offer of a free meal plan for summer and fall sessions to students who mention “NIAF” in their applications. Visit to view the virtual tour. Online applications are available at For more information, visit or call the university’s U.S. office at 866-457-6160.

Congratulazioni Matt DiDomenico Sr. NIAF Board Member and Senior Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic Region who received “Il Premio Salernitani illustri nel mondo” on June 29 in Salerno, Italy. The President of the Province of Salerno, Hon. Edmondo Cirielli, presented the prestigious honor to DiDomenico, who was joined by his sons.
Congratulations to NIAF Board of Director Kenneth J. Aspromonte. The former Major League Baseball second baseman and former manager of the Cleveland Indians will be honored in Houston on September 8 at the Italian Cultural and Community Center’s annual gala where he’ll receive the ICCC’s “Rekindle the Flame Award,” given to honor the achievements of individuals of Italian descent. If you’d like to cheer Ken on in Houston, tickets are available at
Congratulations to NIAF member Louis F. Dematteis, the San Francisco-based photojournalist who produced and directed “Crimebuster: A Son's Search for His Father,” a film about his rocky relationship with his father, the influential Italian American District Attorney and Judge Louis B. Dematteis, and his mission to reconnect with his late father’s memory. The film, funded in part by a NIAF grant, recently has been distributed to PBS affiliates nationwide and has started airing this summer. Check your local public television station listings for when it’s showing. DVDs can be purchased at:
Congratulations to NIAF member Luciano L'Abate, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgia State University and author of more than 50 books for being nominated for the 48th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Award. The Georgia Author of the Year Book Awards recognizes Georgia's outstanding writers. L’Abate was nominated for two books: “The 7 Sources of Pleasure in Life: Making Way for the Upside in the Midst of Modern Demands” and “Hurt Feelings: Theory, Research, and Applications in Intimate Relationships.”

Take a Stroll on NIAF’s Walk of Honor
Now you can pay tribute in a heart-felt and lasting way to your parents, grandparents and ancestors who sacrificed so much in search of a better life! Purchase a commemorative NIAF Walk of Honor brick, custom engraved in their honor or memory, and placed at the entrance of The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Building, NIAF’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Not only will your Walk of Honor brick become a permanent icon paying homage to you and your family’s Italian heritage, it will further help NIAF in its mission to promote and preserve our culture. Order now! Commemorative bricks start at $250. Click Here to order your brick online. For more information please email

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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!

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