eNotizie - June 2011


Start Thinking Anniversary Gala!
Mark your calendars for NIAF’s 36th Anniversary Awards Gala Convention Weekend—October 28-29, in the nation’s capital—celebrating the Italian American heritage and all things Italian. The two-day convention will include an impressive list of honorees, celebrity guests, special receptions, entertainment, seminars, and the popular Expo Italia trade show. Don’t miss out on all the excitement! Discounts for registrations prior to July 1, so register today at

See NIAF’s West Coast Gala for Yourself!
Maybe you didn’t get there and want to see what you missed? Or you were there and want to revisit that memorable, star-studded night in Santa Monica. For a peek at the gala goers and festivities, visit photographer John McCoy’s website at

You can also see reports on the West Coast Gala from Fox News at and RAI International at Or, listen to the Tony Bruno Show’s May 19 broadcast at

Follow The Voyage of Discovery Voyagers Online
Thirty Italian American college students left for Italy on Sunday, May 29, via the 2011 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery program. Now in its 10th year, the NIAF-sponsored program sends students for their first visits to their ancestral homeland on a nine-day, all-expenses-paid tour of Italy’s Campania region.

The program’s purpose is to strengthen the Italian American identity of our youth, create a bond with Italy and its culture, and help participants gain an understanding of their heritage and the historical significance of Italy.

Wish you were there? You can follow the travels and daily experiences of this year’s Voyage of Discovery participants online. Just visit and follow instructions for accessing the program’s blog.

Support The NIAF Geraldine A. Ferraro Women’s Leadership Forum
The NIAF Geraldine A. Ferraro Women’s Leadership Forum is named in honor of the late political pioneer Geraldine Anne Ferraro, who was a Founding Member of NIAF in 1975 and later rejoined NIAF’s Board of Directors serving two terms in office between 1994 and 2004.

The educational program will be comprised of young Italian American women who are pursuing careers in public service and also will provide them with mentoring opportunities to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Those interested in supporting the NIAF Geraldine A. Ferraro Women’s Leadership Forum, contact Anne Drefs Kasputis at 202-939-3110 or Please send contributions to the NIAF Geraldine A. Ferraro Women’s Leadership Forum, The NIAF, 1860 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. Donations can be made online at

Guarini Policy Forum to host Virginia’s Attorney General
Join us for the NIAF Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forum on Thursday, June 23, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The keynote speaker will be Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Attorney General of Virginia. Location: U.S. Congress – Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room), 12-2 p.m. Open to NIAF Council Members. For more information, email Johnny Strada at

Italian National Day in Atlanta
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 4, to celebrate Italy’s 150th Anniversary with NIAF, The Italian Trade Commission, The Italian American Business Council, Ciancia and the Italian Honorary Consulate in Atlanta. It will be an evening of Italian food, wine, musical entertainment, product displays and more! Admission is free; festivities start at 7:30 p.m., at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), 1315 Peachtree St, Atlanta, Ga. For more information, contact: Beatrice Santacroce at 202-939-3120 or

New York Golf Tournament Kick-off Reception
Celebrate with NIAF as we kick off our annual New York Golf Tournament. This pre-tournament event is open to members and anyone interested in participating in the August golf outing. The reception includes food, wine, musical entertainment and a NIAF scholarship presentation. It takes place Thursday, June 9, from 6:30 - 9 p.m., aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, W 46th Street and 12th Avenue, New York, NY. For more information and reservations, contact: Nicholas Caiazzo or 212-915-5121.

Tee Times This August
Sign up for NIAF's Seventh Annual New York Golf Tournament that benefits NIAF’s scholarship and educational programs for the New York area. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, silent auction and awards dinner. Monday, August 22. Details on golf foursomes to follow soon. The course location is the Old Westbury Golf & Country Club. For more information and reservations, contact: Nicholas Caiazzo or 212-915-5121.

Doing Good by Hitting the Links
Plan now to join NIAF for the Ninth Annual NIAF Sarazen Memorial Cup Golf Tournament at Hopkinton Country Club in Hopkinton, Mass., on Monday, October 10. The tournament will pay tribute to Gene Sarazen, the legendary Italian-American golfer, and will benefit the NIAF Gene Sarazen Scholarship Fund and the Italian Home for Children in Boston.

Hopkinton Country Club features a private, 18-hole, par-72, 6,711-yard championship golf course designed by British architect Ian Scott Taylor. Foursomes start at $1,250 with sponsorship opportunities available. Hopkinton Country Club is located at 204 Saddle Hill Rd., Hopkinton, Mass. Contact: Suzanne Delaney at or call 978-851-0200

Deadline Looming for NIAF Teacher of the Year Award
The National Italian American Foundation will continue to accept nominations from school principals for the NIAF Teacher of the Year Award through the deadline of Friday, June 24.

The purpose of the award is to recognize an outstanding educator in Italian language and culture. The recipient will have shown dedication and contribution in the field of teaching Italian. The winner will be announced in September 2011, and will be recognized at the NIAF Education Luncheon held in conjunction with the annual NIAF Anniversary Gala and Convention on October 29, 2011.

All nominees must be employed by an accredited American school during the 2010-2011 school year, have a minimum of three years teaching experience, teach at public, private and/or parochial schools, and be skillful, dedicated teachers who plan to continue classroom teaching. Most importantly, a candidate should demonstrate an ability to inspire a love of learning the Italian language and culture in students of any background. For more information and to obtain an application, visit Contact: Riccardo Skeem at 202-939-3107 or

Wine Tasting in Columbus, Ohio
Join NIAF members and friends for an elegant wine tasting at the Refectory Restaurant & Bistro on August 4. Known for its world-class wine cellar, the Refectory will serve appetizing hors d’oeuvres along with some of the finest Italian wines. And door prizes! Thursday, August 4; 6-8:30 p.m.; $30 per person. Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, 1092 Bethel Rd., Columbus, Ohio. For more information and personal invitations, contact Beatrice Santacroce at 202-939-3120 or

Parlando Italiano
If you’re looking for a full-immersion Italian program, the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA), in partnership with Roger Williams University, in Bristol, RI, is introducing its Italian residency program for middle and high school students this summer.

The new MMLA Italian Academy’s “no English” program takes place from June 26 to July 23 offering an alternative to studying abroad for students interested in learning more about the Italian language and culture in an engaging college environment. Registration has been extended into early June, but don’t wait! For more information on MMLA Italian Academy and how to apply, please visit

Jovanotti at Bonnaroo
Last-chance reminder that Italy’s No. 1 recording artist, rapper Jovanotti, is making a rare appearance at the four-day Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. This marks the first time an Italian artist who sings in Italian is joining the line-up of a major U.S. rock festival! The festival dates are June 9-12. For more information, see

NIAF member David Healey has published the novella: "Kindness for the Damned: Intrigue, Love and Redemption in Sicily," a story of “ancient mysteries, confrontations with evil forces, along with the foibles of everyday life.” The book is available from,, in hardback, paper back, and Kindle, nook, and eBook form, and from

At the North American Grappling Association’s NAGA Chicago Grappling Championships in Chicago, April 30, NIAF member Joe Fiorentino won his heavyweight division championship belt. Cheering Joe on was his wife Heidi Fiorentino, also a NIAF member.

Book Your 2011 Trips to Italy and Greek Islands Cruise with NIAF
Tour the Italian Lakes regions, spend leisurely days exploring Southern Italy or take a cruise of the Greek Islands

Tour of the Italian Lakes!
This is a journey through breathtaking landscapes, enchanting rustic towns and gastronomical delights that you’ll never forget. Your seven-night vacation traveling with NIAF and Unitours will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after resting by Italy's scenic lakesides. While visiting these picturesque lakes, you will also have the opportunity to spend a day in Milan, Italy's fashion capital and home to the majestic Duomo and Teatro della Scala Opera House. For details, visit and click “Travel,” or contact NIAF’s partner, Unitours, at 1-888-846-6423.

Take NIAF’s Southern Lights Tour
Naples, Sorrento and Pompeii on your must-see list? Now’s the time to sign up for NIAF and Perillo Italy Vacations’ 2011 Southern Lights Tour. Spend nine days and seven nights exploring undiscovered parts of Italy as well as visiting your favorite popular sights, including visits to Naples, Amalfi, San Giovanni Rotundo and Gargano. For details, visit and click “Travel” or call 1-800-Italy-25.

Greek Islands Cruise in 2011!
NIAF and Trek Tours Ltd. are pleased to present a 10 Night Greek Isles Cruise with date through the summer and early fall. This fascinating journey of the most beautiful coastlines and ports of the Mediterranean will include visits to Venice (Italy), Split (Croatia), Corfu (Greece), Athens (Greece) and Mykonos, Greece, and other picturesque and ancient locations while aboard the magnificent cruise ship Splendour of the Seas.

Book now for cabin reduced rates for the August 26 cruise! For details, visit and click “Travel,” or call Pam Salimeno at NIAF’s partner, Trek Tours, at 1-800-370-0357.

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