eNotizie - August 2011

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Time to Register for NIAF’s Anniversary Gala!
If you haven’t already, what are you waiting for? NIAF’s exciting 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.

This year’s honorees include 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., former Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Hon. Frank J. Guarini, former U.S. Congressman and NIAF Chairman Emeritus; Paolo Scudieri, managing director of Adler Plastic S.p.A.; and Sen. 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."

The two-day convention and Saturday night Gala will feature a long list of celebrity guests and a nonstop schedule of special receptions, entertainment, seminars, and the Expo Italia trade show. Back by popular demand: On Friday night, October 28, dinner and dancing at Niche’s Salute to the Martini, featuring The Radio King Orchestra. And don’t miss the Celebrity Luncheon with Live and Silent Auction Showcase featuring entertainers and sports stars on Saturday, October 29! Register today at

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

Veterans Transition Program During NIAF Gala Weekend
Continuing its commitment to help returning Italian American Armed Forces veterans become effective leaders in the next stage of their lives, NIAF will hold a special program during the Anniversary Gala weekend in Washington, D.C. NIAF invites returning Italian American veterans of the Iraqi Conflict and the War in Afghanistan who are transitioning to the civilian workforce to participate in an inspiring day, Thursday, October 27, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., featuring accomplished speakers, business executives and entrepreneurs, who will address topics such as leadership training, goal driven initiatives, and how to apply the lessons learned in the military order.

The event will provide a base of professional support among Italian American veterans and will feature a networking lunch. Each participant will be paired with a mentor, who will serve as a contact and source of assistance throughout this transition. All participants will be invited to join NIAF in the remaining Gala weekend activities, including a special military-themed black-tie dinner held later that evening and the 36th Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 29th.

For selected participants, all expenses for the weekend will be paid. All interested Italian American veterans of the armed services are encouraged to apply. Applications are due August 19 and the selection will be announced September 2. For any questions or additional information, please contact Guy Filippelli, the Veterans Transition Program Chairman, at Submit your online application today!

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.

“Let’s Have That Music Play”
Once again, the highly anticipated annual concert that is known as the most loved musical event of New England and for the last 17 years has been attracting its fans by the thousands is COMING BACK!

Hosted by Eva Franchi, wife of the great romantic tenor Sergio Franchi, the 17th annual memorial concert “Let’s Have That Music Play!” will take place at the 240-acre Franchi Estate in Stonington, Conn., on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

The concert will feature the world-famed tenor Marcello Giordani, from the Metropolitan Opera, one of the most significant tenors of his generation who frequently gifted the Sergio Franchi Foundation with his great talented and unwavering support. Giordani will be joined by the American tenor James Valenti, the newest, young leading sensation poised on the edge of international stardom, capturing his audiences not only through his brilliant voice but with his handsome and elegant stage presence. Also returning is Michael Amante, who is known as the “People Tenor” for his charming and engaging performances, Giada Valenti, the beautiful and talented, singer and songwriter from Venice, Italy, and introducing Alfio, an Italo-Australian singer and songwriter rightfully known as “The Voice of Passion,” just to name a few. The star-studded event will be accompanied by conductor Jeff Domoto and his 32-piece symphony orchestra! The concert program will include the 13 grant recipients who were the winners of the Metropolitan Opera House and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

The concert has been sold out each year, expecting over 4,000 people, so make sure to order your tickets now! Tickets may be available at the door. For more information about the upcoming show, please call 860-535-9429 or visit Your ticket is your generous donation to the Foundation and will only be $30 this year. To purchase your tickets, please send a check made out to The Sergio Franchi Music Foundation, 91 Sergio Franchi Drive, Stonington, Conn. 06378.

Golfing for Good Causes
Mark your calendars for the 9th 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” which pays special homage to his Italian heritage and takes us on a sentimental journey through an album of Italian songs.

Alfio performed at the Chairman’s After Hours event following the NIAF’s 35th Anniversary Awards Gala last October, and will be performing this month at The Sergio Franchi Music Foundation’s 17th annual memorial concert, “Let’s Have That Music Play!” To check out Alfio’s other tour dates, hear song clips and purchase the new cd, visit his website:

Congratulations to NIAF’s newest Area Coordinators, Anthony Gianfrancesco, Esq., for the New England Region, and Richard J. Armanino for the Far West Region. Area coordinators play a critical role for the Foundation, serving as NIAF’s eyes and ears on the local level nationwide.

Congratulations to NIAF member Ted Grippo on the publication of his new investigative non-fiction book “With Malice Aforethought: The Execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.” A retired Chicago lawyer, Grippo sheds new light on the events and evidence in the famous Sacco and Vanzetti case of the 1920s.

And congratulations to Cory Pesaturo, a 24-year-old Italian American musician from Rhode Island who last month won the 2011 Primus Ikaalinen World Accordion Championship in Finland.

Capitoline Venus Exhibit

Photo by Rob Shelley
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 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. For more information, visit the National Gallery of Art’s Website:

Artful Dining Experience
And while at the National Gallery, dine at its Garden Café Italia where famed Chef Fabio Trabocchi of the Penn Quarter restaurant Fiola has reinvented the menu with lighter summer 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.

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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Ragosta Hotels Collection
Ragosta Hotels Collection offers NIAF members 10% off standard rates and packages for its three properties (Relais Paradiso and Hotel Raito on the Amalfi Coast; and Taormina, Sicily’s La Plage Resort). For reservations contact, +39 089 763 4213 and mention the code NIAF 2011.

NIAF e-Newsletter compiled
and edited
by Don Oldenburg

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