NIAF Women’s Forum Fulfills Children’s Wishes at Child help


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(WASHINGTON, DC – December 8, 2008) Today The National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) women’s forum donated needed financial support, gifts, toys, games, and clothes to many of the children and teens at the Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia in Fairfax.

The Woman’s Forum with staff at Childhelp

“It is critically important during this holiday season to help those children whose lives are in turmoil due to abuse and neglect,” NIAF Mid-Atlantic Vice President Nancy Chistolini said. “The Foundation’s women’s forum is honored to be involved with Childhelp and its tremendous work for the prevention and treatment of child abuse.”

During the holiday season Childhelp Children’s Center provides a wish list for children ages 2-17 in its care to organizations and companies willing to donate items. NIAF Council members Michelle DeLuca Dawson, Elizabeth DiGregorio, Diane Femia, and the Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President Nancy Chistolini met at the NIAF headquarters in Washington, D.C. to deliver the donated gifts to the Children’s Center. Members and NIAF volunteers also met with the Childhelp staff to discuss additional ways the two organizations can work together in the future.


Childhelp, founded in 1959, exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of at- risk children. Childhelp focuses its efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach. Many celebrities assist Childhelp by serving as Celebrity Ambassadors mentoring children, promoting child abuse prevention in media interviews and public appearances, visiting children at residential facilities, and appearing in taped public service announcements. Celebrity Ambassadors include Jack Scalia and Connie Stevens, who have been recognized by NIAF.

NIAF is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., and dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Visit