The NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION

Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or elissa@niaf.org


:: MEDIA ADVISORY ::

EVENT: Celebrating Italian American Heritage Month with Free Language Classes in Chicago
Sponsor: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
When: Thursdays in October beginning October 2nd
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Italidea
500 N. Michigan – Suite 1450
Chicago, IL 60611
Media Contact: Elissa Ruffino, (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or elissa@niaf.org
Program Contact: Molly Dirksen, 312/357/6810 or molly@niaf.org

To celebrate Italian American Heritage Month, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), the premier ethnic organization for Italian Americans, is hosting a series of five free beginner Italian classes at Italidea. To reserve, call 1/800-989-NIAF ext. 160.

The language classes are free and open to the public.

The year 2003 marks the 27th anniversary of the designation of October as Italian American Heritage Month by the President. The proclamation was made in 1976 by President Jimmy Carter.

According to the United States Census 2000, Illinois has a population of 730,000 Italian Americans or 6 percent of the population.