eNotizie - January 2012

Attenzione: Deadline This Month for Voyage of Discovery
Urgent: The deadline for students submitting applications for NIAF’s 2012 Voyage of Discovery Program is January 20. The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program provides an all-expenses paid trip, including round-trip airfare between Italy and America, for Italian American students who will participate in 10 days of programs in Veneto, Italy.

2011 VOD students at the CharterHouse of St. Lorenzo in Padula, Italy

The purpose of the program is to strengthen Italian American identity by bonding young Italian Americans to the country, culture and heritage of Italy, and help them gain an understanding of their heritage and a pride in preserving that heritage for the next generation.

The trip itinerary will take place in late May and early June and will include educational lectures, meetings with government officials, business leaders and visits to government offices, international businesses, museums and other cultural attractions. Eligibility Requirements: Participants must be of Italian heritage and between the ages of 18-23 at the time of travel (Summer 2012). Students must be enrolled in a college or university for the Spring 2012 semester. The application is available online at

Lido Civic Club’s Past President's Night
The Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C., will host its annual Past President's Night on Jan. 21, 2012, at the Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington, Va. In addition to honoring its past presidents, this year the organization will honor Mike Rizzo, Executive Vice President Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Washington Nationals. Reception & Auction - Washington Golf & Country Club at 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Dancing at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 202-684-9984; to buy tickets, visit

Apply Now for NIAF Scholarships and Grants
Applications for more than 80 scholarships NIAF is offering for the 2012-2013 academic year are being accepted through March 2. That's the deadline. Last year, NIAF scholarships to students in the United States averaged more than $3,000.

Scholarship applicants either must be of Italian descent, with at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy, or be a student of any ethnic background majoring or minoring in the Italian language, Italian Studies, Italian American studies or a related field. NIAF scholarship recipients are selected based on academic merit. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to apply. The application is available online at

To submit a proposal for a 2012-2013 grant that supports NIAF’s mission to promote Italian American heritage and culture, visit Grant applications will be available later this month. The grant application deadline is June 30, 2012.

For more information on NIAF’s scholarship and grant programs, contact Alexandra Dall, or 202-939-3118. To establish a NIAF scholarship and or grant, contact Alice Bernardi, NIAF director of finance, at or 202-939-3111.

Tribute to “The Legend” Jimmy Roselli
Make plans to attend the memorial musical tribute to the late, great Jimmy Roselli, who passed away last July. The “other” crooner from Hoboken, N.J., Roselli spent his performing career in the long shadow of Frank Sinatra, but was always a longtime favorite among Italian Americans. The tribute concert takes place February 19, at 2 p.m., at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, in Coral Springs, Fla. NIAF members receive a discount on tickets by ordering through Dennis Dellafave at 561-289-3856.

Italia Carolina’s 2nd Annual Italian American Heritage Concert
Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Italian American Heritage Concert in Raleigh, N.C., featuring the magical voices of Michael Amante and Marissa Famiglietti, backed by a 22-piece symphony orchestra! The event’s 2011 honoree Chef Tony Notaro will be back with his signature dishes, and New York singing sensations Will and Anthony Nunziata will make their Carolina debut.

At the Progress Energy Center-Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. For full schedule, details and tickets, visit

Hockey Fans! New York Islanders NIAF Night!
Join NIAF and the New York Islanders Hockey Club as we salute the Italian heritage for a special NIAF Night of Hockey! Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity for NIAF members to attend the March 10, 2012, game against the New Jersey Devils. Your package deal includes an open bar pre-game reception and premium seats in the Lower Level VIP section ($99-$113 face value)! Tickets for this inclusive deal cost only $75! A portion of the proceeds go to NIAF.

The game is March 10, 2012; 5 p.m. pre-game cocktails; 7 p.m. game time; at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. Contact: David Sibelman, 516-501-6851 or To purchase tickets:

Antico at National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is presenting until April 8, 2012, a retrospective on the Italian sculptor Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, a.k.a. Antico (1455-1528). The exhibition, entitled “Antico: the Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes,” is the first dedicated to the work of this major Renaissance artist to be organized in the United States. For more information, visit the National Gallery of Art’s Website:

NIAF’s East Coast Gala
Mark your calendars for NIAF’s East Coast Gala on April 12 at New York City’s famed Cipriani 42nd Street! More details coming soon...

Bravo to NIAF Board Member Joe Moglia for his new post as Head Football Coach at Coastal Carolina University. Most recently, he served as Head Coach of the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks. From 2001 to 2008, he was CEO of Ameritrade. NIAF honored him in 2005 with its Special Achievement Award in Business at the Foundation’s East Coast Gala.

Congratulations to NIAF Board Member Peter Arduini who has been appointed as President and CEO of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation.

Congratulations to NIAF Board Member Anita Bevacqua McBride who will be honored by the National Organization of Italian American Women on Jan. 11 at NOIAW’s Epiphany Celebration in Honor of “Three Wise Women.” The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information and tickets, visit

Congratulations to Robert Blancato, a NIAF’s Council Network member and a former Foundation director of public affairs, for recently receiving the Order of Merit -- Cavalieri commendation from the Republic of Italy.

Robert Blancato with wife Jan and daughter Carly

Congratulations to internationally renowned singer and songwriter Giada Valenti on her Christmas in Italy Concert, on Dec. 11, in Caldwell, N.J. During the concert, the Venice-born Valenti, who sang the Italian National anthem at NIAF’s 36th Anniversary Gala in October, acknowledged the attendance of NIAF Area Coordinator Pete Rosa and other Foundation members in the audience and thanked NIAF for its continued support. Catch Valenti and her Orchestra at her upcoming show on Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Dix Hills, N.Y. For more information and tickets, visit

Giada Valenti and Pete Rosa

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...

Announcing Spring 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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