eNotizie - March 2012

Special NIAF Frank Sinatra Tribute
Join NIAF Chairman Jerry Colangelo and friends for “An Evening of Laughter, Memories and Music of Frank Sinatra,” featuring legendary comedian Tom Dreesen. Renowned as Sinatra’s opening act for 14 years, Dreesen is a quintessential pro whose nationwide one-man show of stand-up comedy and heartfelt memories is already selling out its summer dates. But NIAF members have an opportunity to attend this one-time special performance, so buy your tickets while they last! Proceeds benefit NIAF.

The show is Friday, March 16, at the Wigwam Resort & Spa, in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Italian Festa Buffet, $25 per person, at 6 p.m.; Sinatra Tribute Show, $50 per person, at 8 p.m. To learn more about Tom, visit his official site at For tickets, contact Molly at 602-224-2344 or email her at

NIAF 2nd Annual Chairman’s Golf Invitational
Hit the links on Saturday, March 17, with NIAF Chairman Jerry Colangelo and sports and media stars for the 2nd annual Chairman’s Golf Invitational at the Wigwam Golf Resort, Litchfield Park, Ariz. Registrations 8 a.m.; shotgun start 9 a.m. Foursome packages and sponsorships available. Includes continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf, lunch on the patio, plus awards and giveaways. For more information, visit, or contact Kyla McKenna at or 202-939-3117.

Make Plans Today for NIAF’s East Coast Gala
Don’t miss NIAF’s return to New York City for the 2012 East Coast Gala! The dinner and celebration will be held April 12 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 and honorees include Art Certosimo, chief executive officer of Global Markets at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation; Frank D’Amelio, CFO and executive vice president of Pfizer Inc.; Chazz Palminteri, actor and restaurateur; and Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC’s "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo." NIAF Vice Chair Patricia de Stacy Harrison will emcee and famed Italo-Australian singer Alfio will entertain.

Reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. Business attire. Purchase your tickets today! Tickets start at $400. Click Here to register on-line today! Click Here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or

Hockey Fans! Get a Jump on Tickets Now!
Join NIAF and the New York Islanders Hockey Club to salute Italian heritage at a special NIAF Night of Hockey! See the Islanders face off with the New Jersey Devils! NIAF members pay only $75 per ticket, which includes premium, lower-level VIP seats and a pre-game, open-bar reception. 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

Women in Leadership for the First Ladies Forum
At the 5th Annual Forum on Women in Leadership, NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts moderates a panel that will includes NIAF Board Member Anita Bevacqua McBride, former chief of staff for Laura Bush, along with Susan Sher, former chief of staff for Michelle Obama; Jean Becker, former deputy press secretary for Barbara Bush; and Bess Abell, former White House social secretary for President Johnson. Topic: What changes have taken place in roles, opportunities, and obstacles for women in leadership positions in the White House? Free Admission. Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives. Special Events Entrance: 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Visit for more information or call 202-357-5000.

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 and instructions are available online at

Meanwhile, applications for 2012-2013 NIAF Grants are now available online at 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.

Kick-Off Reception for New York Golf Tournament
Always a fun event, this reception takes place at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum located at 46th Street and 12th Avenue in New York City to promote NIAF membership and the upcoming NIAF 8th Annual New York Golf Tournament at the Old Westbury Golf & Country Club in August. The kick-off reception is in June. For more information, contact Nick Caiazzo at

Italy Onscreen at the Miami International Film Festival
The Miami International Film Festival, produced and presented annually by Miami Dade College, will celebrate its 29th anniversary March 2-11 showcasing more than 100 films from 35 countries. Included in its line-up are four Italian films: Pippo Mezzapesa’s “Annalisa,” Alice Rohrwacher’s “Corpo Celeste,” Roberto Faenza’s “Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You,” and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid with a Bike.” See the interview with Alice Rohrwacher in the holiday Ambassador magazine! For more information about the film festival, visit or call 305-405-6433.

Italian Film Opening: “The Salt of Life”
Italian actor and director Gianni Di Gregorio’s latest acclaimed film, “The Salt of Life,” opens in New York on March 2 and in Los Angeles on March 9 before opening nationwide through early June. Look for an interview with Di Gregorio in the spring issue of Ambassador magazine in mid-March. To find where this comedy about men of a certain age will be playing near you, visit

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

Jojo Capece’s “All Roads Lead to Rome” Book Tour
Author and NIAF member Jojo Capece will present her new book, “All Roads Lead to Rome,” and speak about “the Eternal City” and its art and history, at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art on March 18, 2-3 p.m. Capece officially begins her East Coast book tour in New York City at Rizzoli, 31 W. 57th St., on March 20, at 4 p.m.

Italy’s Uffizi Gallery Sends Angels to America
The U.S. tour of “Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery” is currently showing 43 paintings and two tapestries from such Baroque and Renaissance masters as Botticelli, Liberi and Tintoretto, at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale until April 8. This magnificent exhibit then travels to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., from April 21 through August 10, making only two other stops before returning to Florence in March, 2013. For more information, visit MoAFL’s website at and the Michener Art Museum’s website at

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, through July 8. For more information, visit

Study in Italy This Summer
Lots of study abroad programs lead to Rome, but only one is an American university along the banks of the Tiber River welcoming study-abroad students since 1972. John Cabot University is an American university in Rome’s historic and quaint neighborhood of Trastevere. Credits transfer back to your home university. All classes 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. Start building your international resume today. For more information, visit or call the university’s U.S. office at 866-457-6160. Online applications are available at

Take a Stroll on NIAF’s Walk of Honor
Now you can pay tribute in a heart-felt and lasting way to your, grandparents and ancestors who sacrificed so much in search of a better life 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

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Congratulations to actor, producer, writer, director and former NIAF celebrity spokesperson Joe Mantegna who was honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation on February 25 at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, Calif. Mantegna received the Foundation’s Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment.

Congratulations to NIAF friend and legendary Boston radio personality Ron Della Chiesa on his new book, "Radio My Way," published recently to celebrate his 50th anniversary in broadcasting.
Congratulations to longtime NIAF council member Jeanne Pace Spiotta on the publication of her book “My Life in Fabulous New Jersey,” a tribute to her home state, her immigrant ancestors and her family.

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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