eNotizie - February 2012
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Hockey Fans! Get a Jump on These Tickets Now!
Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity for NIAF members to join with the New York Islanders Hockey Club to salute the Italian heritage at a special NIAF Night of Hockey! See the Islanders face off with the New Jersey Devils on March 10! NIAF members pay only $75 per ticket, which includes premium, lower-level VIP seats (normally $99-$113) and a pre-game, open-bar reception. The icing (on the cake) is that a portion of the proceeds go to NIAF, so not only are you getting a great deal, you’re helping NIAF fulfill its mission.

The game is March 10; 5 p.m. pre-game cocktail reception at the Long Island Marriott adjacent to Nassau Coliseum; 7 p.m. game time at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, contact Kyla McKenna at (202) 939-3117 or

Make Plans Today for NIAF’s East Coast Gala
Circle Thursday, April 12, on your calendar because you won’t want to miss NIAF’s return to New York City this year for the East Coast Gala! The dinner and celebration will be held at the legendary, Italian Renaissance-inspired Cipriani 42nd Street, one of New York City’s premier event venues. NIAF Board Member Gerard LaRocca is chairing the gala. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $400. Look for updates soon.

Purchase your tickets today! CLICK HERE to register on-line today! CLICK HERE to learn more about Sponsorship opportunities. For more information about ticket purchases, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or

Attenzione: Apply for NIAF Scholarships and Grants
Time is running out to apply for one of more than 80 scholarships NIAF is offering for the 2012-2013 academic year. The deadline for applications is March 2. Last year, the scholarships NIAF awarded to students in the United States averaged more than $3,000.

To be eligible, applicants either must be of Italian descent, with at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy, or be a student of any ethnic background majoring or minoring in the Italian language, Italian Studies, Italian American studies or a related field. NIAF scholarship recipients are selected on academic merit: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to apply. The application is available online at

Meanwhile, applications for 2012-2013 NIAF Grants will be available online at in March. The deadline for submitting a proposal for a grant project that supports NIAF’s mission in promoting Italian American heritage and culture is June 30.

For more information on NIAF’s scholarship and grant programs, contact Alexandra Dall, or 202-939-3118. To establish a NIAF scholarship and or grant, contact Alice Bernardi, NIAF director of finance, at or 202-939-3111.

Take a Stroll on NIAF’s Walk of Honor
Talk about paving the way for preserving the rich heritage of the Italian American community! Now you can pay tribute in a heart-felt and lasting way to your hard-working parents, grandparents and ancestors who sacrificed so much in search of a better life, or to you and your family, by purchasing 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 contribution to Italian heritage, it will further help NIAF in its mission to promote and preserve our culture. The first phase of setting the commemorative bricks has already taken place; the next phase begins the summer of 2012. Order now! Commemorative bricks start at $250. CLICK HERE to order your brick online. For more information please email

Tribute to “The Legend” Jimmy Roselli
Remember the “other” crooner from Hoboken? Well, if you ever heard the late, great Jimmy Roselli sing, you remember. Roselli, who passed away last July, spent his performing career in the long shadow of Frank Sinatra, but was always a longtime favorite among Italian Americans. On February 19, the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, in Coral Springs, Fla., will host a tribute concert to Roselli. The show is at 2 p.m. NIAF members receive a discount on tickets by ordering through Dennis Dellafave at 561-289-3856.

Italia Carolina’s 2nd Annual Italian American Heritage Concert
Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Italian American Heritage Concert in Raleigh, N.C., featuring the magical voices of Michael Amante and Marissa Famiglietti, backed by a 22-piece symphony orchestra! The event’s 2011 honoree Chef Tony Notaro will be back with his signature dishes, and New York singing sensations Will and Anthony Nunziata will make their Carolina debut.

At the Progress Energy Center-Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. For full schedule, details and tickets, visit

Join NIAF Today!
Like what you read in E-News? Become a member of NIAF today and start participating! Starting at just $45 per year, you can become a member of our national organization and help us to fulfill our mission of preserving the great Italian heritage that is a pillar of the United States.

We need your support to keep our message strong, so please visit and sign up today! Enjoy the many benefits of membership, such as invitations to exclusive events, opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders, a voice in our fight against stereotypes, cultural and educational events, and so much more! Become a member now!

Congratulations to Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero who has been appointed as Italy’s new Ambassador to the United States. He replaces former Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, who now serves as Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. “The Foundation looks forward to working with Ambassador Bisogniero and to enhancing the already outstanding relationship between the United States and Italy,” said NIAF President Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq.
Congratulations to Allison Rosati, NBC 5 News anchor in Chicago, who will be named by The Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia as its “2012 Woman of the Year” on February 18.

Congratulations to former NIAF staff member Natasha Borato, who in September relocated to Pittsburgh where she will serve as a NIAF Area Coordinator.

Meet Artist Mario Canali
You are invited to the upcoming exhibition at The Downtown Art Center Gallery (DAC Gallery) in Los Angeles showing new and innovative works by Italian-born artist Mario Canali. The exhibition kicks off on Saturday, March 10, with an opening night artist reception and evening of fine art, fine food and fine wine. Co-sponsored by NIAF in conjunction with Italian Institute of Culture of Los Angeles and COM.IT.ES Los Angeles, the show continues through April 6. Reception, March 10, 7 - 9:30 p.m. at the DAC Gallery, 828 S. Main St., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

Castiglione at The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery is showcasing approximately 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, January 29 to July 8. For more information, visit

“Mirror to the World” Photography 2012
Check out photos of Umbria and many more places worldwide at the “Mirror To The World: Documentary Photography 2012” exhibition at Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo Park, through February 27. Celebrating narrative photography, the exhibit spans the globe, from Italy to China to Washington, D.C., and is curated by nationally recognized documentary photographer and author Frank Van Riper. Open Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m., and Sundays, 1 - 8 p.m., 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, Md. For more information, visit or call 301-634-2274.

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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Register for Alitalia's newsletter and receive an e-coupon for 10 percent off your next roundtrip economy or business class transatlantic ticket purchase! The e-Coupon offer is valid on new registrations only made on's U.S. site by March 31, 2012. E-Coupon may be used on eligible economy or business class U.S.-originating transatlantic ticket purchases made by March 31, 2012 on Alitalia’s U.S. site. Classica Plus premium economy class tickets are not eligible for the discount. Round-trip travel must be between the original departure and final destination airports. The 10 percent will be taken off the entire ticket cost. It may not be combined with any other e-Coupon code(s) or promotional offers and is not valid on previous purchases. REGISTER TODAY and receive your 10 percent e-coupon!

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