eNotizie - October 2020


You’re Invited to NIAF’s Virtual 45th Anniversary Gala – October 31!
Be our guest at our virtual 45th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 31, as we honor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with the 2020 Leonardo da Vinci Award for Leadership in Health and Science. Throughout this NIAF Gala evening, special appearances from “friends of Dr. Fauci” will include: Francis Ford Coppola, Tony Bennett, Alan Alda, Michael Douglas, Patti LuPone, Joe Mantegna, Isabella Rossellini, Paul Sorvino, John Turturro, Mario Andretti, Mike Piazza, Franco Harris, Leon Panetta, and more is in store for the evening! As a membership benefit, NIAF Sustaining Members ($75 tax deductible) and higher-level members will receive a free invitation upon registration. Please visit www.niaf.org/gala to register for the Gala.

Starting October 1, the price of tickets for the virtual Gala are $100; or join NIAF as a Sustaining Member ($75) or higher level and your Gala ticket is free. Register now: www.niaf.org/gala.

Become a NIAF Member Today & Get a Free Ticket to NIAF’s Virtual Gala!
Honor your heritage, connect to our great Italian American community, and empower the next generation of leaders by becoming a Member of NIAF! For the first time as a Membership benefit, NIAF is offering a free virtual Gala ticket to Sustaining Members and higher-level members, so don’t pass this opportunity up! Beyond this benefit, 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. We need your support to continue our mission and would love you to join the NIAF family this month to honor Dr. Fauci at our virtual 45th Anniversary Gala. Join NIAF today and register for the Gala here: www.niaf.org/gala.

NIAF Virtual Events: Upcoming & Past Webinars Available!

NIAF is bringing you exciting virtual events through Zoom to enjoy in October! This month, we are offering the following webinars:

  • October 1: Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Ali Rogin, Author of Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss
    12 – 1 p.m. EST
    Join NIAF and award-winning journalist Ali Rogin to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 1! The program will be an engaging discussion around Rogin’s new book Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss: 30 Powerful Stories, which brings together an all-star support and recovery team to inspire anyone confronting a cancer diagnosis, along with their loved ones. Join us for this important conversation and spread the word! The first 15 registrants will receive a free signed copy of Rogin’s book. Register: https://bit.ly/347UlPE.
  • October 8: House Buying in Italy
    12 – 1 p.m. EST
    Ever dream of owning a house in Italy? Well, it’s never been a better time to make your dream a reality. Whether you’re interested in purchasing a summer home, retiring in la bella italia, or even purchasing a bed and breakfast, Antonello Pierro is here to walk you through the necessary steps to make your dream come true and, most importantly, not get scammed! Register: https://bit.ly/2EHWSan.
  • October 12: Christopher Columbus Webinar
    6– 7 p.m. EST
    Join NIAF to discuss Christopher Columbus—the man, the day and the statues. The panel will comprise of: Professor William Connell, historian and professor at Seton Hall University; Anthony C. Wisniewski, former general counsel of the Columbus Fellowship Foundation and author of a recent op-ed in the Baltimore Sun; and George Bochetto, attorney at Bochetto/Lentz who represents a group of Philadelphia residents fighting to keep the Christopher Columbus statue. Register: https://bit.ly/33f0Vo9.

Since May, we have presented a host of webinars on topics from dual citizenship, genealogy and history to Italian cuisine, wine and culture, and more. If you missed any of this outstanding programming, you can access the recordings on our website! 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. All of our past and upcoming events can be found here: www.niaf.org/virtualevents.

NIAF’s 2020 Photo Contest—Deadline to Submit is November 3!
Calling all photographers—amateur or professional! Enter our Seventh Annual NIAF Photo Contest! We’re looking for uplifting images that represent your hopes and dreams during these difficult times. So, please enter your photo that best captures this year’s theme: Non Mollare! (In Italian, that means “Don’t Give Up!”) Use your imagination! Show us your resilience. Focus on what’s getting you through this COVID-19 catastrophe. Our judges will choose five winners. Each will be awarded a one-year NIAF Sustaining Membership.

Please read the Contest Rules before sending your photo: www.niaf.org/photocontest.

Deadline to submit your photo: Tuesday, November 3, at 12 noon EST.

Dolce Italiana Luxury Phone Case October Giveaway!
Since our August and September Giveaways were so popular, NIAF is partnering gain with Dolce Italiana to give a gorgeous new luxury phone case to a NIAF follower this month! To enter, email media@niaf.org with a pic of the Italian holiday destination the case reminds you of and our friends at Dolce Italiana will choose their favorite. Deadline is October 25, and the winner will be announced on November 2. Buona fortuna!

NIAF’s “Make Sunday Italian Again” Wooden Spoon
Long live Italian American traditions! Give a NIAF wooden spoon to a friend or loved one in honor of Italian American Heritage Month, happening this month! Order now: http://bit.ly/2PINvtw.

NIAF’s 2020 Expo Italiana Cancelled
NIAF was looking forward to celebrating Expo Italiana with you this year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic risks and restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Expo Italiana 2020. NIAF looks forward to celebrating all things Italian at Expo Italiana on Saturday, October 23, 2021, during its 46th Anniversary Gala Weekend. Please save the date! In the meantime, check out last year’s exciting Expo Italiana video here!

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 added new content since last month so be sure to check it out: www.niaf.org/repository.

NIAF COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Efforts – Thank You Donors
NIAF has helped to address the critical situation in Italy and America and provided medical and safety guidance for Americans. Thank you to those of you who have donated to the fundraising campaigns we have listed on our website. Most of these campaigns have concluded and achieved impressive goals to aid those living in both countries we love so much. To find out the status of these campaigns, which helped feed EMTs, provide medical supplies to hospitals, fund COVID-19 vaccine research, and sew masks, visit: www.niaf.org/coronavirusrelief.

Temporarily Closed: The Museum on Italian Immigration at NIAF
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/.

USA News & Events

Trinacria Theatre Company presents Colapesce: An Audio Adventure
Based off the Trinacria Theatre Company’s 2016 stage production La Storia di Colapesce, this new family-friendly listening experience reimagines the Sicilian legend of Colapesce with the same imaginative spirit of the play. A rich soundscape and original music help bring the tale to life and the full-cast album features both new and returning Trinacria Theatre Company artists. Colapesce: An Audio Adventure takes listeners of all ages on a fantastical journey through the mythical waters of the Strait of Messina, and into the heart of a courageous community facing terrible hardship. Premieres October 10, 3 p.m. EST. Tickets: https://bit.ly/33fyMgS.

Outdoor Film Screenings & Virtual Courses at Casa Belvedere—Staten Island
Casa Belvedere invites you to its last Cinema Sotto Le Stelle of the season, an annual outdoor Italian film festival, to watch Il Presidente del Borgorosso (1970) by Luigi Filippo d’Amico, on October 6. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information on Sotto Le Stelle, visit https://bit.ly/3fXFLij. In addition, Casa Belvedere has a full schedule of events for the fall, including an Italian theater class for children; an event about Raffaello Sanzio: Celebrating his art 500 years after his death; Italian Fall Wine Class; and more! visit: https://casa-belvedere.org/ or call 718-273-7660.

Physical Storefront Closed – Support I AM Books Online
I AM Books, the country’s only bookstore dedicated to the promotion of Italian and Italian American literature, recently announced the closure of its physical storefront. Opened in Boston’s North End neighborhood in 2015, I AM Books’ owners Nicola Orichuia and Jim Pinzino have vowed to continue the business online, with a particular focus on books in Italian for children and adults, as well as literature on Italian American identity and culture. You can stay up to date with I AM Books by subscribing to their newsletter and following them on their website: www.iambooksboston.com.

We Reached 500 – 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 517 Italian restaurants located in 34 states and Washington, D.C. See NIAF’s list and details on how to submit your favorite Italian restaurant at: www.niaf.org/restaurants.

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 general 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.

Una Storia Segreta Exhibit Now Online
The exhibit Una Storia Segreta: When Italian Americans Were “Enemy Aliens” opened at the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco in 1994 and is now available online, providing access to facts about Italian American restriction, internment and evacuation during World War II. Visit: https://unastoriasegreta.com/.


Diana Giovanizzo’s The Woman in Red
Congratulations to NIAF Member Diana Giovanizzo for her new book, The Woman in Red. The novel is a sweeping tale about the epic life story of Anita Garibaldi, the courageous, headstrong revolutionary who fought for freedom and self-determination in 19th -century Brazil, Uruguay and Italy. It’s one of the most passionate love stories in history. Forced to marry a man she does not love, Anita feels trapped in a life she does not want. But when she meets the leader of the Brazilian resistance, Giuseppe Garibaldi, in 1839, everything changes. Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/33deBQw.

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Get Involved with NIAF and the Italian American Community!

Celebrate Italian American Heritage Month with NIAF!
October is commemorated as Italian American Heritage Month to recognize the significant contributions Italian Americans have made to this country and the world throughout our history. Stay tuned by following NIAF’s Facebook page where we will be highlighting notable Italian Americans!

Follow NIAF on Social Media!
As we head into the fall season, 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 everyday with NIAF. Search the hashtag #NIAFGala45 to see our 45th Anniversary Gala announcements on social media!

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 media@niaf.org 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.

Support NIAF through AmazonSmile with No Extra Cost!
Ordering from Amazon more during the pandemic? 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: info@italianlanguagefoundation.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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NIAF e-Newsletter edited by Natalie Wulderk