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July 21: Breaking Down the 1 Euro Homes in Italy
July 27: Purchasing Property in Italy: Why You Need an Attorney
August 16: 16th Annual New York Golf Tournament
NIAF News & Updates
New NIAF Logo
The National Italian American Foundation is proud to present its new logo. The logo depicts the stars and stripes representing our Americanism resting on the foundation of a classical Italian pillar symbolizing the centrality of our heritage. Design by Todd Radom Design.
NIAF Announces 2021 Region of Honor: Abruzzo
Each year, NIAF collaborates with a region in Italy by promoting its culture, business and tourism in the United States, while also traveling to the region to promote cultural exchange. The region will also be prominently honored at the NIAF 46th Anniversary Gala, October 23, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Read more about Abruzzo and our Region of Honor Program: https://bit.ly/3gXCEsk
NIAF Provides More Than Quarter of a Million Dollars in Scholarships and Fellowships in 2021
The Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded more than a quarter of a million dollars in direct aid to outstanding Italian Americans in 2021 alone. Read more about our scholarships in our press release: https://bit.ly/3q5QCN0
NIAF Applauds Italian Parliament in Defense of Columbus
The National Italian American Foundation applauds the Italian parliament for its resolution of June 16th which “commits the government to take action, on the political and diplomatic level, so that the Italian cultural heritage in the USA and the symbolic figure of that heritage embodied by Christopher Columbus may be safeguarded.” Read NIAF’s statement and more about the motion: https://bit.ly/3xKKL2e
Due to the financial constraints presented by the pandemic, NIAF has made the difficult decision to indefinitely suspend the summer issue of Ambassador magazine. We will continue to publish the fall, winter and spring issues. Meanwhile, all issues from the past decade are available online for free on our website. So, feel free to peruse the plethora of amazing content in our past issues at www.niaf.org/ambassador.
NIAF on Campus Fellowship – Apply Today!
Attention Italian American college students! Apply for the NIAF on Campus Program. The NIAF on Campus Program brings together Italian American students who are active in their college’s Italian clubs to promote the success of Italian organizations on university campuses across the nation and create a stronger Italian American presence in their communities. Application deadline is September 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/2uAXnhz.
Calling All Voyage of Discovery Alumni
We’re building 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 at: https://bit.ly/2UzEaXF.
Auguri – NIAF Member Spotlight
Congratulazioni to longtime NIAF friend and supporter Vicky Carabini on being awarded the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy) by the Italian Republic. Chair of the Italian Studies Council at Chapman University, and Sister City Ambassador to Capestrano, Italy, and San Juan Capistrano, in Orange County, Calif., Carabini was knighted on May 26 by Hon. Silvia Chiave, Italian consul general in Los Angeles on behalf of Sergio Mattarella, president of Italy. This distinction is one of Italy’s highest honors for Italians abroad and is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in philanthropy, community activism, research, and the promotion of friendly relations between Italy and other countries.
Congratulazioni to Italian American Museum of Los Angeles Executive Director and Cofounder Marianna Gatto on being awarded the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy) by the Italian Republic. Hon. Silvia Chiave, Italian consul general in Los Angeles, knighted Gatto in a small ceremony on May 26 in Los Angeles on behalf of Sergio Mattarella, president of Italy. This distinction is one of Italy’s highest honors for Italians abroad and is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in philanthropy, community activism, research, and the promotion of friendly relations between Italy and other countries.
Congratulazioni to NIAF friend Dom Serafini for publishing the second volume of I Messaggeri d’Abruzzo nel Mondo (The Messengers of Abruzzo Around the World) that includes 100 more fantastic personalities originally from 70 cities, towns and villages around the Abruzzo region of Italy. They currently reside in 25 countries around the world. Personalities include NIAF’s former chairman and Board member Joseph V. Del Raso; Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida; Mathea Falco, former U.S. deputy secretary of State; Salvatore R. Martoche, a former judge of the New York State Supreme Court; and Hollywood star Annabella Sciorra. Available on Amazon.
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Amici della NIAF
Casa Belvedere’s Annual Tuesday Night Outdoor Italian Film Festival Cinema Sotto Le Stelle is back starting on July 13! For movie titles and registration visit the Casa Belvedere website. And for more culinary and cultural events at Casa Belvedere check out their events calendar.
Lido Civic Club
The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC, has selected Salvatore Galatioto, president of Galatioto Sports Partners, to receive the 2021 Lido Civic Club Man of the Year Award. This award will be presented at the annual Lido Civic Club Past Presidents Night Gala on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the Hilton McLean, Tysons Corner, Va., honoring the 92nd anniversary of the founding of the Lido Civic Club. For more information visit www.lidoclub.org.
The Italian American Podcast
The Italian American Podcast is the 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. New episodes launch every Monday. Tune in to be entertained, educated and brought back to where you belong—among famiglia! Start listening here.
Italian Community Services of San Francisco
Italian Community Services’ independently funded, community-based programs are a model for health and social service organizations nationwide. ICS has been serving the Bay Area Italian American community for nearly a century. Learn more at: www.italiancs.com.
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