eNotizie - October 2011

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Join Us for NIAF’s Anniversary Gala and Convention!!
Less than a month now until NIAF’s 36th Anniversary Gala and Convention Weekend, October 28-29, at The Washington Hilton in the nation’s capital. You already know this is the premier event of the year for celebrating Italian American heritage and all things Italian. Tables are filling fast so don’t wait! You won’t want to miss it!

CLICK HERE to register today!

Dion DiMucci Claudio Bozzo Santo Versace Emma Marcegaglia
Frank G. Mancuso Sr. Frank J. Guarini Paolo Scudieri Capri Cafaro

Book Your Rooms Now!
Don’t wait! The NIAF room block at the Washington Hilton Hotel is selling out! So reserve your discounted room today by calling 202-483-3000 and refer to the “NIAF” room block. Or you may reserve online by visiting If you have difficulty making your reservations, please call the Hilton Reservations Manager, Joel Johnson at 202-328.2085.

Special Guests and Celebrities!
Add to our growing list of special guests and celebrities Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo, the mastermind behind one of Major League Baseball’s most improved and up-and-coming teams! Go Nats! Just wait ‘till next Spring! And, sports fans, don’t forget, MLB All-Star Mike Piazza will be there, too.

For film buffs, here’s your chance to say hello to two of the most respected industry veterans. NIAF honoree Frank Mancuso, former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio, oversaw the return of the James Bond franchise files such as “Golden Eye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The World is Not Enough,” and brought us the unforgettable “Indiana Jones” films. Presenting Mr. Mancuso will be Robert Pisano, chairman for the Motion Picture and Television Fund and former president Motion Picture Association of America.

And, then there’s Maria Bartiromo. She’s been called “The Money Honey,” “The Queen Bee of the Financial News Hive” and “The Most Famous Business Journalist in The World!” But what this Emmy-Award-winning financial journalist will be at NIAF’s 36th Anniversary Gala is the Mistress of Ceremonies! The first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis, she’s the anchor of CNBC’s "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo" and anchor and managing editor of the nationally syndicated "Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo," recently rated the most watched financial news program in America. Even Joey Ramone of the punk-rock band The Ramones wrote a song about her. So come to the Gala and enjoy an evening with "Sophia Loren of Financial Journalism.” Or as Joey put it musically, “She's really out of sight! Maria Bartiromo!”

Speaking of powerful women, did you know that honoree Emma Marcegaglia is considered one of Italy’s “Most Powerful Women” and was nicknamed “Steel Lady” in a headline in The Economist. Or that honoree Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro’s meteoric rise in Ohio’s legislature and politics has been breathtaking! And, if you haven’t seen Giuliana DePandi-Rancic on television lately, from “E! News” and her Style Network show “Giuliana and Bill” to cohosting the “Miss USA 2011” contest, well, you haven’t been watching TV. But you can meet her at the Gala instead.

While Bud Bundy can’t make it to the Gala, David Faustino, the actor and rap artist who played him in the sitcom “Married with Children,” will be on hand. And so will many others, including Frankie Avalon, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Dana Brunetti, Fabio, Nasser Kazeminy, Deana Martin, Joe Pantoliano, David I. Saperstein, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Hon. Edmondo Cirielli, president of the Province of Salerno and president of the Defense Committee at the Chamber of Deputies in Italy. Both President Barack Obama and President of Italy Hon. Giorgio Napolitano have been invited.

Auction Update!
NIAF is happy to announce that we have returned to our traditional auction format and will be holding the live and silent auction during our Celebrity Luncheon on Oct. 29, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy dining on a delicious lunch while perusing, bidding and winning some of the most unique items you’ll see all year!

Bid on a spectacular package to attend the Andrea Bocelli concert on Dec. 2, 8 p.m., at the Verizon Center, in Washington D.C. With this package, you can enjoy this famous voice, simultaneously melancholic and radiant in color, as well as meet the man himself. And the seats are spectacular--two (2) Golden Circle Seats, row 9! Before the concert, enjoy a delicious pre-show dinner at Georgetown's favorite restaurant, Café Milano. Afterwards, be escorted backstage to meet Andrea Bocelli. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience! And don't worry about transportation because it is taken care of for you with six hours of private, chauffeured service in your choice of a sedan, SUV or limo. It's an evening you won't soon forget.

Or, maybe Italy’s on your mind? Experience the real Tuscany with this week long stay for two (2) at the beautiful Livernano Bed and Breakfast located in beautiful Siena, Italy. Comes complete with airfare!

Or, win tickets to a 2012 Nationals game, tour some of the finest restaurants in Washington D.C. and New York City, or grab the latest PRADA handbag.

You will find it all at the NIAF Celebrity Auction Luncheon! To reserve your tickets for the Celebrity Auction Luncheon, please contact Xavier Atizol at 202-939-3100. If you have any question about the Auction please contact Katie Rictor at 202-939-3122 or

Two Special Events That Got that Swing!
Back by popular demand: On Friday night, October 28, dinner and dancing at Glacier Vodka’s Salute to the Martini, featuring The Radio King Orchestra and, of course, Glacier Potato Vodka, with open bar, dinner and dancing.

And, following the Gala, late nighters will find plenty of company at The Chairman’s After Hours Celebration, featuring live entertainment. Saturday, October 29.

A Sterling List of Honoree!
This year’s list of honorees is exemplary of Italian and Italian American Achievement: Claudio Bozzo, President of Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc.; Hon. Capri Cafaro, Ohio State Senator; Dion DiMucci, Rock and Roll Legend; Hon. Frank J. Guarini, Former Member of Congress; Frank G. Mancuso Sr., Former Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio; Emma Marcegaglia, President of Confindustria; Paolo Scudieri, CEO of Adler Plastic S.p.A.; and Hon. Santo Versace, President of Gianni Versace S.p.A. and Chairman of the Board of Fondazione Operation Smile Italia.

Two Full Days of Events and Activities!
Besides the Reception and Gala, Saturday night, Oct. 29, the two-day convention will feature a nonstop schedule of special receptions, entertainment, seminars, celebrity cooking demonstrations and many other activities. For tickets and the best weekend package deal (discounted rates that include Expo Italia, conferences, luncheons and Friday Night Entertainment), register today at

Expo Italia
Showcasing the Best of Italy! Vendors will offer samples of olive oils, chocolates, gelato and pasta, in addition to displaying top-of-the-line products from Italy. Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29. Attendees can shop in the NIAF “Via Condotti” row of exclusive salon boutiques. Highlights will include an opportunity to see the latest Italian luxury cars, including a Lamborghini and Maserati, sampling of Peroni Nastro Azzurro Beer, and wine tasting from Nuschese Wine of Capital Wines. And bring your best throws! The United States Bocce Federation will set up a bocce court during the expo with demos, instructions and celebrity games. For more information, contact Rebecca Bartello at 202-939-3114 or email

Honoring Geraldine Ferraro
This year, The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Education Luncheon will feature a special tribute to the late Geraldine A. Ferraro, on Friday, October 28. It will be a great opportunity to acquaint yourselves with The NIAF Geraldine A. Ferraro Women’s Leadership Forum which will provide mentors to young Italian American women pursuing careers in public service.

Rocking the Vote
The Italian-American Vote, Does it Count? This is a conference featuring leading political strategists and D.C. insiders discussing the impact of Italian American voters on national elections, Friday, October 28.

Conferences and Workshops
Authors Fred Gardaphé and Dominic Candeloro will discuss their new book, “Reconstructing Italians in Chicago,” presenting their work as a model for Italian Americans in other cities. The book resulted from a 2008 NIAF-supported conference. Friday, October 28.

Dr. Antonio Giordano, MD, Ph.D., will present a NIAF-Sbarro Health Research Organization International Workshop on “New Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research,” Friday, October, 28.

Meet ESPN’s Tony Reali at the NIAF Youth Gala!
Swinging by to present the keynote speech and enjoy the evening at this year’s “NIAF Youth Gala: A Millennial Generation Event in Maschera,” will be Tony Reali, popular host of ESPN’s “Around the Horn.” He’ll be talking about on his experiences working at ESPN and his Italian heritage. Come and meet him! Get the insider scoop on sports!

The Youth Gala promises to be an enchanting evening of dinner, drinks, dancing and a DJ for NIAF’s young Italian Americans and Italophiles guests, ages 18-30 (ID required). Masks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Tickets for the black-tie Youth Gala cost only $125! Saturday, October 29, 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Washington Hilton’s Lincoln East/Monroe Room. For more information and tickets, contact Alexandra Dall at or call 202-939-3118.

Veterans Transition Program during NIAF Gala Weekend
NIAF is offering an opportunity for Italian American veterans who are passionate about achieving success in their return to civilian and transition to business life to participate in an inspiring day with successful business leaders and other driven individuals. The 2011 NIAF Veterans' Day program, on Thursday, October 27, will feature a panel of successful business leaders who will speak about their experiences. It will also provide an opportunity for veterans to be paired with a mentor. The day will be followed by a special military-themed black tie dinner at the National Archives and NIAF's 36th Annual Anniversary Awards Gala weekend. For more information, please visit

Special Guest Paul David Pope to Speak at the Anniversary Gala
Paul David Pope, a third generation Italian American businessman and philanthropist, will bring his remarkable family story—a tale of rags-to-riches success, political and boardroom intrigue, and unprecedented publishing infamy—as a special guest at this year's NIAF 36th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., on October 29th.

Pope's grandfather, Generoso Pope Sr., left Italy at 15. He worked his way up from the sand pits of Long Island to become a construction magnate and New York City kingmaker. He left his deathbed blessing his youngest son, Gene, to lead the family business—a decision that would rend the family to pieces and ultimately force Gene out on his own. Gene would, in the end, found the National Enquirer—and in the process create the modern tabloid media world of today.

Like his father and grandfather before him, Paul Pope has forged his own identity in the world, and much of that identity has to do with his Italian American heritage. As head of Pope Entertainment Group, he was chief sponsor of the New York Historical Society's exhibit, "The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement." He's also received awards from the Consul General of Italy in New York, the Italian Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New York, and the Order Sons of Italy in America. Drawing upon his family's rich heritage and his own unique personal experiences, Pope will be a compelling element in this year's Gala celebration.

Linked to 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.

NJIIAHC “Achievements of Italian Americans” Conference
The New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission will hold its Eighth Annual Congress on October 15 with the focus on “Achievements of Italian Americans 1861-2011.” Hon. Samuel A. Alito Jr., Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Cosponsored by NIAF, the Consulate of Italy in Newark, the Consolato Generale d’Italia a New York and Consolato Generale d’Italia a Filadelfia, the conference will begin with a continental breakfast and welcome from the NJIIAHC chair Dr. Gilda Rorro Baldassari. The day’s agenda includes panels on Italian dialects and assimilation as well as achievements of Italian Americans, particularly in the legal field. NJIIAHC will announce the winners of its curriculum renaming contest.

The NJIIAHC Congress will be held October 15, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Rutgers University, College Avenue Student Center, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. Visit for information.

NIAF Graduates 2 Leaders (G2L) Workshop at NJIIAHC Congress
During the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission’s Eighth Annual Congress on Oct. 15, NIAF’s Graduate 2 Leaders (G2L) program will hold workshops for university students, college graduates and young professionals, ages 21 and older, focusing on professional leadership skills. Visit for more information on NIAF’s G2L workshops.

Free registration for NIAF members; non-members fee is $25 and includes the NJIIAHC Conference, the G2L workshops and an annual membership to NIAF. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required: Contact Alexandra Dall at or call 202-939-3118.

Introductory Wine Tasting in Providence
Join us for an evening of complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Anthony Gianfrancesco Esq., NIAF Area Coordinator for Providence, will discuss NIAF’s mission and activities as the Foundation breaks new ground in the New England Italian American community. The evening will highlight Italian food and wines from various regions, and special guest sommelier Steven Krohn, cofounder of the New England Wine School in 2004, will talk about each wine and the wineries, as well as how the food and wine complement each other.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Wines & More, 125 Sockanosset Cross Rd., Cranston, R.I. Business dress. Please RSVP to Beatrice Santacroce, or 202-939-3120.

We have a winner for NIAF’s Twitter contest: @mikednieto of Washington D.C. won two tickets to NIAF’s Anniversary Gala on October 29! The contest question was, What do you value most about your heritage? His winning tweet: “My ancestors gave up so much so the rest of us could have better lives. Family is what they value and what I now value.” @mikednieto added, “I’m thrilled and excited to further support NIAF.”

Ludovico Einaudi at the Kennedy Center
Mark your calendar for the Washington D.C. debut of Maestro Ludovico Einaudi at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Italian composer and neo-classical pianist is a super star in Italy, sharing the pop charts with the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga while scoring films and trailers for films such as “Black Swan” and “The Reader.”

Einaudi is scheduled to perform his original repertoire on solo piano at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on Tuesday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $45. For more information, visit the Kennedy Center website, or call the Kennedy Center box office at 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600.

Italian Trade Commission Seminar
The Italian Trade Commission invites you to an international training seminar, “U.S. & Italian Strategies for Turning Academic Research into Business,” that aims to provide concrete tools and examples to support your entrepreneurial efforts to commercialize university research by creating a start-up company. Topics will cover public funding and private investment opportunities in Massachusetts and Italy, provide examples of university models and showcase successful international case study start-ups.

Cambridge Innovation Center, 3rd floor Conference Room Asuncion, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Oct. 13, 9 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. registration and breakfast, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. speaker sessions with lunch buffet, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. one-to-one sessions by appointment. October 14 at Innova Consulting Group Offices, 185 Devonshire St., Suite 703, Boston, Mass, 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. registration, breakfast and welcoming remarks; 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. one-to-one sessions by appointment. For more information and registration, contact: Alexandra Tingas of Innova Consulting Group Inc. at

Planned Giving
Financial advisor Jeffrey Smith continues his series of planned giving articles with his story about The Raymonds

Book Your 2011 Trips to Italy and a Mediterranean 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.

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.

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.

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