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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! This year’s honorees are Geno Auriemma, head coach of the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team; Giovanni Ferrero, CEO of Ferrero Group; Ralph Izzo, CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG); Letizia Moratti, President of Friends of San Patrignano; and Mark Del Rosso, COO of Audi; and L'Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. NIAF Board Member John F. Scarpa will serve as the Gala Chairman.

The two-day Gala weekend promises to be a nonstop schedule of special receptions, wine tastings, seminars, entertainment, including:
  • On Friday, Oct. 12: Conference on Immigration in conjunction with the National Italian American Bar Association; The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Education Luncheon; Screening of John Turturro's film "Passione"; Conference on Breast Cancer: Bridging Research and Clinical Medicine; Wine Tasting, featuring a selection of wines and delicacies from the Region of Calabria. The Friday night entertainment will feature famed jazz singer and recording artist Steve Tyrell and his band, with open bar, dinner and dancing.

  • On Saturday, Oct. 13: NIAF Networking Event with Continental Breakfast; Celebrity Luncheon with Live and Silent Auction featuring entertainers and sports figures; Open session: "NIAF—Ieri, Oggi, Domani," a comprehensive history of NIAF and its exciting plans for the future; Gala Reception; The 37th Anniversary Awards Gala; and The Chairman's After Hours Celebration.
For discounted hotel pricing, please reserve rooms through NIAF's special room block at the Washington Hilton, and purchase Gala tickets at

NIAF 37th Gala

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.

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"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."

Grazie to The Chrysler Foundation for giving $100,000 to the Italian American Relief Fund. Please join Chrysler and many other supporters by pledging your support. 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.

Read i-Italy's recent interview with NIAF COO John Viola about the relief initiative at

Tee It Up in August
You're running out of time to sign up for NIAF's 8th Annual New York Golf Tournament benefitting the Foundation's scholarship and educational programs for the New York area. Play some golf and do some good! 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

Love Books? Need Research? Help the NIAF Library
NIAF is preparing for a formal dedication of its new and future library at our headquarters in Washington, D.C., during the Anniversary Gala festivities in October and needs your help.

Our goal is to create a reading and research facility where scholars, NIAF members, students and the public can access a growing collection of popular, important and rare books relevant to Italian American experience and Italian culture. We also want the library to become a computerized research center where visitors can conduct genealogical and historical searches into their Italian heritage and history. Like NIAF, the library will be for everyone sharing an interest in Italy, Italians and Italian Americans.

If you have rare, collectible or important books by Italian or Italian American authors, or about the Italian or Italian American experience, that you are willing to donate to NIAF's library, or if you'd like to be a NIAF library sponsor and help fund the acquisition of important books and research technology for the library, please contact Alice Bernardi at Donations are tax deductible and NIAF will provide receipts to donors.

Student artists! NIAF Library Art Contest
You already know about NIAF's plans to dedicate a new library. If you're currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student and are an artist, we would like to add your art work to our dedication! Two winning entries (one by an undergraduate and the other by a graduate student) will be placed on display within the NIAF Library. The artists whose pieces are selected will receive a $250 cash prize! The competition is generously supported by the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Family. For contest rules, requirements and deadline, visit For more information, contact Alice Bernardi at

America Oggi Interviews John Viola
If you didn't see the excellent profile and interview of NIAF COO John Viola in America Oggi recently, check it out. Not only does the story provide a fine introduction to NIAF's new director, but it also gives him the opportunity to explain in detail his vision for the Foundation's future and for the Italian American community.

To read the Italian version at America Oggi's website, visit:

The 18th Annual "Let's Have That Music Play” Concert
Once again, "Let's Have the Music Play” in the memory of Sergio Franchi, the highly anticipated annual concert that is known as the most loved musical event of New England for the last 18 years and has been attracting fans by the thousands, will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2012! The hostess, Eva Franchi, wife of the great romantic tenor Sergio Franchi, once again invites all of you to come spread your picnics and sip your favorite wine as the 32-piece symphony orchestra hits the air with the most beloved Italian romantic songs accompanied by the best young tenors and sopranos of today.

This year's concert for the first time ever will feature the most prestigious national and international competition winners from the Metropolitan Opera House, the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Richard Tucker Foundation, Marcello Giordani International World Competition, the Puccini Foundation, and, of course, the top vocal talents from the AVA Academy, to name a few. Also, there will be a surprise guest, one of Sergio colleagues who is a nationally known comic.

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. And, you may view Sergio Franchi's home, the memorial museum, the antique car collection and the memorial chapel. 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. The gates open at 12 p.m. and the concert starts promptly at 3 p.m.

Vote to Help the Italian Places You Love!
“I Luoghi del Cuore” is an international, online census launched by FAI, Fondo Ambiente Italiano, an Italian private no-profit organization, in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo, enabling people to nominate their favorite “Italian Place of the Heart,” those places in Italy that they wish to see preserved and protected for future generations.

The current census started in May, 2012, and is the sixth in a series of similar projects that since 2003 have collected hundreds of thousands of votes and restored, rescued or preserved dozens of Italy’s ancient ruins, natural treasures, and places representing Italy’s national character. Once the census is complete, on October 31, 2012, FAI will advocate on behalf of the top 10 places, finding sponsors and requesting funds for restorations. The project’s main sponsor, Banca Intesa Sanpaolo, is already committed to providing funding.

According to FAI, “This appeal was developed to help defend treasures both large and small, and of great or little renown, that occupy a special place in someone’s life.” For more information on the project, and to vote for your favorite place in Italy that’s close to your heart, visit today!

Aspromonte to be Honored in Houston
Still time to show your support for NIAF Board member Kenneth J. Aspromonte, the former Major League Baseball second baseman and former manager of the Cleveland Indians. Ken will receive the "Rekindle the Flame Award” at the Italian Cultural and Community Center's annual gala on September 8 in Houston, Texas. If you'd like to cheer Ken on in Houston, tickets are available at

Michelangelo Antonioni Retrospective at The National Gallery
The National Gallery of Art's ongoing program of classic cinema this month features the "Michelangelo Antonioni Centenary,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Italian master filmmaker. This remarkable retrospective of Antonioni's most distinguished works is presented by the National Gallery of Art and the American Film Institute, and runs from August 11 through September 3. The first screenings are Antonioni's feature films "Story of a Love Affair” (1950) on Saturday, August 11, at 2 p.m., and "I Vinti” at 4:30 p.m. The screenings are free; seating is first-come, first-seated. Films are shown in original formats. Doors open 30 minutes before shows. East Building Auditorium, The National Gallery of Art, Madison Drive and 4th St. NW, Washington, DC. For a complete schedule of the films, visit

Italian Cinema in New York
The price is right and so are the films at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere's 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 Daniele Lucchetti's "Mio Fratello e Figlio Unico” (2007) on Thursday, August 2; Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo” (2008) on Thursday, August 9; Giuseppe Capotondi's "La Doppia Ora” (2009) on Thursday, August 16; Rocco Papaleo's "Basilicata Coast to Coast” (2010) on Thursday, August 23; and Gianni Di Gregorio's "Gianno e Le Donne” (2011) on Thursday, August 30. Films start at 8 p.m. Admission is free; please bring 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

Jovanotti's 2012 Summer Shows
Jovanotti fans, heads up! This month, ATO Records releases "Italia 1988-2012,” Jovanotti's career retrospective to U.S. audiences. Also check out Jovanotti's summer 2012 concert schedule of four shows in August: at the Golden Gate Park (Outside Lands Festival) in San Francisco, August 12; at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC, August 16; at the Neptune Theater in Seattle, Wash., August 18; and at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Ore., August 19. And, look for him at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, October 12-14. For more information, visit

Uffizi Gallery's "Angel” Exhibit U.S. Tour Continues
If you're in or travelling to the Philadelphia area this month, it's your last chance to view "Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery” at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa. Don't miss this inspirational exhibit of 43 paintings and two tapestries from such Baroque and Renaissance masters as Botticelli, Liberi and Tintoretto, which ends August 12 before moving to the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wis., August 24 to 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

Study in Italy This Summer and Fall
If you're thinking about studying in Italy, check out the new virtual tour of John Cabot University, the only American university located along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome. 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 Council Member Tony Tripodi, professor emeritus at Ohio State University, on the publication of his new book, "An American Professor in Italy" (iUniverse; $13.95), which chronicles his travels in Italy and proudly reflects on Italian culture and his heritage. His book is available in hardback, paperback and digital editions at such online bookstores as and
Congratulations to NIAF member Maryann Perillo Karimi on the publication of her cookbook, "Italian Family Classics, Four Generations of Italian Recipes" (CreateSpace; $30). The author wrote the cookbook filled with her family recipes to honor of the memory of her mother, Lucia "Lucy" Pagliarella Perillo, who died of Alzheimer's Disease in 2002. Maryann donates proceeds from the sale of her book to the National Alzheimer's Association. The book is available at and other leading online bookstores.

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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 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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