Buon Natale! Merry Christmas!
Buon Natale a tutti! We here at the Foundation wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas filled with hope, health and happiness as we close this difficult year and look forward to the next.
Donate to NIAF for Giving Tuesday
Today is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement that encourages people to do good by donating to nonprofit organizations like NIAF! Our mission is to promote, protect and preserve Italian American heritage. Despite overcoming many obstacles to support the Italian American community in 2020, the pandemic is not over and NIAF’s work is not done. If you are able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help NIAF continue serving our community during these difficult and uncertain times: www.niaf.org/donate.
Opera, Wine & Christmas – NIAF Virtual Events!
NIAF is bringing you engaging virtual events through Zoom to enjoy during your holiday season! This month, we are offering the following webinars:
- Opera Series offering multiple webinars covering a variety of subtopics to deepen your appreciation for this unique art form:
- Don Giovanni & Lorenzo da Ponte, December 2, 12 – 1 p.m. EST
- Barber of Seville by Rossini, December 9, 12 – 1 p.m. EST
- Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti, December 16, 12 – 1 p.m. EST
- NIAF Wine Tasting Featuring Classic Italian Wines, December 9, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EST
- Buon Natale: Unexpected Stories Behind Holiday Traditions, December 15, 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Please register for events that require a fee to support NIAF and its mission as the Foundation’s traditional source of fundraising is on pause as a result of the pandemic. To register, and to view past as well as upcoming webinars, visit: www.niaf.org/virtualevents.
This Month: Winter Issue of Ambassador Magazine
The new issue of NIAF’s acclaimed, glossy magazine will arrive on NIAF Members’ doorsteps this month! Stories from Venice to Miami, Fla.! This issue will entertain and indulge your need to get into the holiday spirit. Features: uplifting photos from the NIAF Photo Contest winners; a story on Italian American meatball recipes; how to satisfy your wanderlust for Italy; and the history of Italian toasts and best wines to buy for Christmas! Delicious holiday recipes from Mary Ann Esposito to make for a smaller gathering this year, and an excellent holiday gift guide for every taste and price. Plus, book reviews, columns on cinema and sports, and more! Read this winter issue online the second week of December; and see past issues today at http://bit.ly/2Wku2TZ.
Buy a NIAF “Make Sunday Italian Again” Wooden Spoon for Christmas!
If you’re still looking for the ideal gift for this holiday season, look no further than a NIAF “Make Sunday Italian Again” customized wooden spoon. It is perfect for cooking Sunday dinners as well as for holiday meals. All proceeds benefit NIAF’s mission of preserving, protecting and promoting our Italian heritage. To purchase the spoon, visit: http://bit.ly/2PINvtw.
Application for NIAF Scholarships Now Available!
Applications for the 2021-2022 NIAF Scholarships are now open! Scholarships range from $2,500 – $12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, and legal students. If you are Italian American or if you are studying Italian in college, apply today! Deadline is March 1, 2021. For more information, email email@example.com or visit: https://bit.ly/2HwlwMI.
One Month Left: Apply to Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
Calling all high school students! NIAF is accepting submissions for the NIAF NCCA Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. Three outstanding essays will be chosen from the submissions to win a cash prize; the first-place winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington to read his or her essay at the Columbus Day event in Washington, D.C. Deadline is January 1, 2021. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3mxgzSM or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners of NIAF’s 2020 Photo Contest!
In what for most of us has been the most challenging and saddening of years, NIAF’s 2020 Photo Contest continued to attract more than 200 high-quality entries from amateur and professional photographers. This year’s contest theme was Non Mollare (Don’t Give Up) and submissions reflected a vast diversity of images expressing perseverance and resilience under the circumstances. With a tie for the final winner, NIAF congratulated six 2020 Photo Contest winners instead of five. See the winning photos: https://bit.ly/2JVrc3y.
Read NIAF’s Virtual 45th Anniversary Gala in Review!
Check out the online review and photos from NIAF’s virtual 45th Anniversary Gala! We were so thrilled to accommodate more than 5,000 Italian Americans to celebrate our Italian American heritage and to honor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci. Throughout the NIAF Gala evening, we had special appearances from more than 40 “friends of Dr. Fauci,” including: Al Pacino, Anthony and Joseph Russo, Francis Ford Coppola, Marisa Tomei, Tony Bennett, Martin Scorsese, Michael Douglas, Patti LuPone, Joe Mantegna, Isabella Rossellini, John Turturro, Robert De Niro, Mario Andretti, Mike Piazza, Franco Harris, Leon Panetta, and more! This was a live event only, meaning that there is not a recording to share with the attendees or the public. So, if you missed this event and want to know what happened, read our “Gala in Review”: https://bit.ly/3l7CAXJ.
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The Museum is closed until further notice. The safety and enjoyment of our guests is our foremost concern. For general information about the museum, visit https://www.niaf.org/culture/niaf-museum/.
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Support Your Italian Restaurants!
NIAF has an ever-growing list of Italian restaurants, delis and eateries that are providing curbside, pick-up and delivery services to help your community during these difficult times. Got a restaurant you want to tell us about? If you know of any Italian restaurants anywhere in the United States assisting the community, send it to us. So far, we have more than 530 Italian restaurants located in 35 states and Washington, D.C. See NIAF’s list and details on how to submit your favorite Italian restaurant at: www.niaf.org/restaurants.
Italian, English and Bilingual Books at I AM Books Online!
Having recently announced the closure of its physical storefront in Boston’s North End because of the pandemic, I AM Books, the country’s only bookstore dedicated to the promotion of Italian and Italian American literature, is open online for business. With a particular focus on books in Italian for children and adults, as well as literature on Italian American identity and culture, the perfect book for Christmas awaits you! Browse books now at www.iambooksboston.com.
Casa Belvedere’s December Virtual Events
To get in the proper Christmas cheer, Casa Belvedere offers a variety of culinary and cultural virtual events happening this month: “Eggplant Caponata” on December 7; “Eggplant Rollatini” on December 8; “Pop Go The Holidays”—how to make prosecco cocktails on December 17; and more! Visit casa-belvedere.org or call 718-273-7660.
NIAF’s Virtual Repository!
NIAF brings you Italian and Italian American virtual tours, shows, podcasts, performances and films—all for free and to the comfort and convenience of your own home. We have some new additions to each section, so be sure to check it out: www.niaf.org/repository.
IAMLA’s Object Collection is Now Online!
Last August, the Italian American Museum in Los Angeles (IAMLA) made its photographic collection accessible online. Since then, scores of people from around the world have used the museum’s online platform to search the photographic collection. It has proven to be a valuable tool for researchers and the public. Several people have contacted the IAMLA to report that they discovered never-before-seen images of family members! As the museum continues to catalog and digitize its collection, the online databases will expand, eventually providing access to the museum’s vast archival collection and additions from the object collection as well. View the online collection at: http://bit.ly/2OtzoHS.
Michele Di Pietro’s SOUPified: Soups Inspired by Your Favorite Dishes
Congratulations to NIAF Member Michele Di Pietro for her new cookbook, SOUPified: Soups Inspired by Your Favorite Dishes – 31 Innovative Recipes That Ditch the Dish and Embrace the Bowl. Di Pietro is an entrepreneur, chef, culinary consultant, food writer, blogger, and creator of Mangia With Michele, the expression of her lifelong passion for Italian ingredients, foods, recipes, culture and traditions. SOUPified is her collection of soup recipes that were inspired by favorite dishes like Eggplant Parm, Chicken Marsala and Lasagne. They are classic dishes that have been transformed into spoonable bowl form while holding true to their core soul and spirit. They might just encourage you to look at things in a different way and to think outside the box! Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IMi1So.
Karen Haid’s Basilicata: Authentic Italy
Congratulations to NIAF Member Karen Haid on the publication of her new book Basilicata: Authentic Italy, which journeys to the small, rocky region in the heart of the Italian south, to a land where ancient pagan rites live alongside those of the Catholic Church, world-class wine washes down edible hyacinth bulbs, zip-lines parallel old mule trails, and the air is infused with the ideals of Roman poets and brigands. Best known for the evocative cave dwellings of Matera, Basilicata packs an incredible diversity into the unassuming instep of the Italian boot. To discover what makes this region tick, the author traverses Mediterranean beaches and Alpine forests, visits medieval castles and modest homes, attends folkloric festivals and samples earthy local cuisine, uncovering Basilicata past and present, from pre-Greek to the story of emigration that continues today. Widely available: https://karenhaid.com/basilicata-book/.
Armand Buzzelli’s Rosie’s Red Sauce
Compliments to NIAF Member Armand Buzzelli for his latest children’s book, Rosie’s Red Sauce, promotes the values of healthy home cooking and family traditions, and serves as a model for families that want to plant their own gardens and make time to cook together. Rosie and her Grandpa share a favorite ritual of walking to the local market to buy their favorite red sauce. On Grandpa’s birthday, Rosie decides to go to the market herself to surprise Grandpa with a jar of his favorite sauce—only to learn that the market is closed! Rosie is forced to come up with a new plan for Grandpa’s birthday and discovers the joy of cooking with ingredients from his home garden. Available to purchase on Amazon or at Rosiesredsauce.com.
Sal DiMaria’s Immigrant: A Journey to the American Dream
Congratulations to NIAF Member Sal DiMaria for his autobiography, Immigrant: A Journey to the American Dream, a book about a poor boy from Sicily who comes to the United States. After working in factories and serving in the U.S. Army, he goes on to college and becomes a successful university professor. DiMaria’s life story goes beyond a testimonial and celebrates all immigrants who come to America and make it greater by contributing to its cultural and social life. Available on the author’s website: https://bit.ly/3pWXgom.
Get Fresh Italian Food Delivered & Give Back to NIAF!
Nostalgic for the fresh and mouthwatering Italian food you tasted on vacation in Italy? Order what you miss—burrata, pancetta, buffalo mozzarella, guanciale and more—from Terra Foods! From now until December 31, Terra Foods will donate 15% of its profits to support NIAF and its mission. Here’s how you can help NIAF and mangiare bene: when you’re done shopping on Terra Foods’ website and are ready to check out, on the order page, there is a space for “other comments” – please indicate that you are ordering from Terra Foods to support NIAF. Other benefits include:
(1) A free goody courtesy of Terra Foods
(2) 10% discount coupon when you spend $100+ on your first order!
(3) Beyond the holiday gift baskets Terra Foods offers, you can customize your own!
Deadline to order for Christmas is December 17. Order today and have the taste of Italy delivered to your door: www.terrafoodsllc.us.
Your Italian Passport is a U.S.-based company offering comprehensive services for Italian Americans seeking to obtain Italian dual citizenship. Like so many things Italian, Your Italian Passport is a business of organic roots grown over time with care and committed to giving personalized attention to each and every client.
Visit our website www.youritalianpassport.com and be on your way to living la dolce vita! As always, NIAF members receive a discount on all services offered. A new world awaits with Your Italian Passport! Contact us today!
Become a NIAF Member Today!
Honor your heritage, connect to our great Italian American community, and empower the next generation of leaders by becoming a Member of NIAF! NIAF Members receive our acclaimed Ambassador magazine in print, exclusive discounts for dual citizenship services, genealogy research, Italian food products, Italian language and culture courses, and more. Your support also makes it possible for the Foundation to answer the call when our community in the United States and Italy needs us! We have supported relief projects for Covid-19, flooding and earthquakes as well as restoration projects to protect humanity’s shared history. We are dedicated to education through scholarships, grants and cultural events as well as strengthening the bond between the United States and Italy. If you are able, join today by visiting our website: www.niaf.org/join.
Follow NIAF on Social Media!
As we head into winter, stay up-to-date with the latest news and stay in touch with members of the Italian American community by following NIAF on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter! Join our ever-growing audience of Italians, Italian Americans and Italophiles and learn something new every day with NIAF.
Italian American World War II Heroes – Send Yours to NIAF!
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war. If a family member served during World War II and you would like to share that with us, email email@example.com with the following: a photo, a brief description of your relative’s service, where he/she was from and where his/her Italian origins can be traced to. NIAF is sharing special submissions on NIAF’s social media with the hashtag: #IAWW2Heroes and on NIAF’s Pensieri Blog: https://niafblog.wordpress.com/.
Support NIAF through AmazonSmile with No Extra Cost!
Ordering from Amazon more during the pandemic and during the holidays? Consider supporting NIAF for future purchases by going to http://smile.amazon.com/ and selecting the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice. This is a wonderful opportunity to support NIAF programs and its mission during these difficult times. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NIAF. AmazonSmile offers the same selection and low prices as Amazon, and customers can still use their Amazon account. The only difference is that, at no extra cost, you are donating to a great cause!
Calling All Voyage of Discovery Alumni
We’re creating an alumni database of past participants in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery and NIAF’s Gift of Discovery programs and we need your help! Did you or someone you know participate? If so, let us know. Please fill out the form on our website: https://bit.ly/2UzEaXF.
Italian Community Services on the West Coast
Italian Community Services (ICS) welcomes all NIAF members to visit its website www.italiancs.com and learn how ICS helps the broader Italian American Community. Under COVID-19 our mission and scope of services have expanded exponentially. Since March, our numbers have tripled. Once “shelter in place” was enforced, ICS stepped up to the opportunity to serve the community. ICS has made 3,400 wellness checks, delivered more than 2,000 care packages, ran more than 300 errands, and now financially supports more than 55 Italian families. ICS’s impact has made news globally; both the Wall Street Journal and Rai TV have showcased our story. ICS depends on donors like you to support its mission. If you like the work we are doing, please consider supporting us. Lastly, if you know of any projects that ICS can initiate or people we can assist in the Italian San Francisco community, please contact us. Grazie!
Italian Language Foundation
The Italian Language Foundation (ILF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Italian language education in the United States and Canada. The Foundation supports the growth of the Advanced Placement AP Italian Language and Culture Exam, administered by the College Board. ILF also provides Awards of Excellence, which are cash stipends to student members who take the AP Italian exam and earn a score of 3, 4 or 5. This year, ILF has introduced internships to its student members (high school juniors, seniors and college students) via our Corporate Internship Program (CIP).
CIP aims to: Expose students to career pathways as they embark on the road to college; Enrich their AP Italian study experiences with an internship placement with U.S. companies with Italian-based products and services; and Provide real life workplace experiences to help students focus on their future.
For ILF teacher members, the Foundation offers free professional development workshops and webinars. Teacher Recognition Awards will acknowledge teachers’ commitment to excellence.
Please visit ILF’s website to learn how the Italian Language Foundation is enhancing and expanding Italian language learning in the United States. Visit: www.italianlanguagefoundation.org. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Italian American Podcast
Has staying home got you down? Spend your time in quarantine with The Italian American Podcast! The Italian American Podcast is the first and most engaging podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn and celebrate their brilliant heritage. Hosts John, Dolores, Pat, Rossella and Anthony have been dedicating their time to creating content to keep Italian Americans in tune with their heritage during lockdown—including movie watch-along parties, virtual chats and more! New episodes launch every Monday and the plentiful archive of more than 130 past episodes on their website keeps you entertained during these trying times. Tune in to be entertained, educated, and brought back to where you belong—among famiglia! Start listening here: https://italianamericanpodcast.com/episodes/.
Turn on Italics TV
For monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American TV magazine, produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website, and on-demand on the YouTube channel and Facebook.
Everybody Loves Italian! On the Radio!
Join hosts Frank Granieri and Dominic Mevoli to celebrate the everyday Italian American family and experience, plus interviews with personalities, stories, recipes and more! Sundays 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., on WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia; and streaming worldwide! Find them on Facebook. For more information, visit: www.everybodylovesitalian.us.
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