eNotizie - September 2012

NIAF’s Anniversary Gala!
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! Catch up with old friends; make new friends. Celebrate your heritage! Tickets and tables are selling fast!

This year’s gala kicks off Friday, October 12, with a full day of activities and events, including a Conference on Immigration in conjunction with the National Italian American Bar Association, The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Education Luncheon focusing on Science and the Economy, a screening of John Turturro’s film “Passione,” a Conference on Breast Cancer, and a Wine Tasting featuring a selection of wines and delicacies from the NIAF’s 2012 Region of Honor, Calabria.

On Friday night, don’t NIAF’s “A Little Moonlight” party! The Friday night entertainment will feature famed jazz singer and recording artist Steve Tyrell and his band, with open bar, dinner and dancing. Buy tickets at the door or at a discount as part of the Gala packages.

Saturday, October 13, starts with the NIAF Philanthropic Roundtable: Italian Americans and Philanthropy in Italy—A Three-Case Study, with continental breakfast; and continues with the ever-popular Celebrity Auction Luncheon with special guests and a check-off list of auction items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. That’s followed by an open state-of-the-foundation and session, “NIAF—Ieri, Oggi, Domani.”

Rounding out the evening is the Gala Reception and the centerpiece of the weekend, The 37th Anniversary Awards Gala. This year’s distinguished list of honorees will make any Italian American proud: Geno Auriemma, Head Coach of the Olympic champion Women’s U.S. Basketball Team and Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at the University of Connecticut; Giovanni Ferrero, CEO of the Ferrero Group; Ralph Izzo, CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG); Letizia Moratti, President of Friends of San Patrignano; Mark Del Rosso, COO of Audi of America; and Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the oldest science academy in the world. NIAF Board Member John F. Scarpa will serve as the Gala Chairman.

Letizia Moratti
President of Friends of
San Patrignano

Ralph Izzo
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG)

Geno Auriemma
Head Coach of the Gold Medal-winning USA Basketball Women’s National Team and Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at the University of Connecticut

Mark Del Rosso
Chief Operating Officer
Audi of America

Giovanni Ferrero
Chief Executive Officer
The Ferrero Group

Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
Oldest Academy in the World

Not enough? The party continues Saturday night at the Chairman’s After Hours Celebration.

To purchase Gala tickets, CLICK HERE.

Hotel Accommodations: By booking your room(s) within our room block at the Washington Hilton Hotel, you enable NIAF to continue negotiating the best rates on your behalf. You may book your reservation directly on the Hilton Website or you may call the Hilton at 202-483-3000 and refer to the “NIAF” room block.

Sponsorships Available! To show your support for the National Italian American Foundation and this year’s honorees, please consider being a Gala sponsor. Sponsorships are available at many levels providing you with a variety of benefits. For further information, please contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102; fax at 202-387-0114, or e-mail at

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. The first project of the Italian American Relief Fund is to help restore facilities at Cooperativa Sociale Nazareno, a facility for disabled and mentally challenged individuals that was ravaged by the recent Emilia Romagna earthquake.

The initiative’s goal is to raise $250,000 in donations by the end of this month. One hundred percent of every dollar donated will go directly to the relief effort in Italy. The Chrysler Foundation has generously given $100,000 already. 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.

Help the NIAF Library
NIAF is creating a reading and research facility at the Foundation’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where scholars, 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.

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.

Student artists! NIAF Library Art Contest
If you’re an artist currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, we would like to add your art work to the NIAF Library. Two winning entries (one by an undergraduate and the other by a graduate student) will be placed on display and the artists whose pieces are selected will receive a $250 cash prize! The competition is supported by the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Family. For contest rules, requirements and deadline, please CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Alice Bernardi at

The 18th Annual Sergio Franchi Memorial Concert This Saturday!
Last minute! "Let's Have the Music Play,” the highly anticipated annual concert that attracts fans by the thousands, takes place this Saturday, September 8, 2012, in Stonington, Conn! 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. There will also be a surprise guest, one of Sergio’s colleagues who is a nationally known comic.

The concert has been sold out each year, so order your tickets now! Tickets may be available at the door. And, while at the concert, you may view Sergio Franchi's home, the memorial museum, the antique car collection and the memorial chapel. Grounds open at noon; the concert starts promptly at 3 p.m. Your $30 ticket is your generous donation to the Foundation. For more information, please call 860-535-9429, or visit

Aspromonte Honored in Houston This Saturday
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 who 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

Rossella Rago Cooking in Seattle
"Join Rossella Rago on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, at the Seattle Festa Italiana. Rossella will be doing two cooking demonstrations and one will be with a local nonna. If you are a nonna in the Seattle area that would like to cook with Rossella on stage please contact Rossella at:

Festa! in San Diego’s Little Italy
The largest Italian festival on the West Coast, annual Festa in San Diego’s historic Little Italy is looking for pizza tossers, sidewalk chalk artists and Italian motorsport fans to participate in this year’s festival on October 14. Of course, anyone can come to the festival and many do—more than 100,000 last year—for a fun day of Italian food, fun and festivities. For more information, please visit

Uffizi Gallery’s “Angel” Exhibit U.S. Tour Continues
The “Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery” exhibition has moved to its next tour location at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wis., where it will remain until November 25. Don’t miss this inspirational exhibit of 43 paintings and two tapestries from such Baroque and Renaissance masters as Botticelli, Liberi and Tintoretto. 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. For more information, visit

Congratulations to NIAF member Dick Rosano on the publication of his new novel “Tuscan Blood” (Hang Time Press; $6.99 Kindle), a mystery set in Italian wine country. The author of “Wine Heritage: The Story of Italian-American Vintners,” Rosano has been writing about wine and food for many years and now brings that connoisseur’s knowledge to fiction
Congratulations to NIAF member Laurence Amuso on the publication of his first novel “The Road to Missoula” (iUniverse; $3.99 Kindle), the epic story of members of an Italian immigrant family from their arrival at Ellis Island through the decades that followed as they merged their Italian heritage with life in America.
Congratulations to NIAF member Ray Vento on the publication of his new children’s book, “Nonno’s Pocket Watch” (Vengiugno Press; $14.99 paperback; $5.99 Kindle), the story of a boy growing up Italian American in Los Angeles following World War II.
Congratulations to NIAF member Dan Possumato on the publication of his new book “King of the Mountains” (Smoky City Press; $2.99 Kindle), the story of Giuseppe Musolino, whose exploits from 1899 to 1902 made him Italy’s most famous outlaw.

NIAF’s Walk of Honor

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Join NIAF Today!
Become a NIAF member today! Starting at just $45 per year, you can become a member of our national organization, and gain member benefits such as invitations to exclusive events, opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders, cultural and educational events, and so much more! You membership helps us fulfill our mission. 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, cultural and educational events, and so much more! Become a member now!

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...

NIAF's 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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