eNotizie - May 2011

Stars Coming Out to Shine at NIAF’s West Coast Gala!
Are celebrity guests heading to NIAF’s West Coast Gala in Santa Monica, May 19? Yes they are! Among the Hollywood notables are Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine; Olympic Gold Medal figure skater and Food Network TV chef Brian Boitano; actor, screenwriter and producer Marco Bonini; actor Robert Davi; TV and film star Lou Ferrigno; Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers; actor Francesco Quinn; E! News anchor and managing editor and member of the NIAF Board of Directors Giuliana DePandi Rancic;actor Robert Loggia; Hollywood executive Frank Mancuso, Sr.; actor and model Antonio Sabato, Jr.; and television and film star Brenda Vaccaro. Film and television star Joe Mantegna will be this year’s master of ceremonies.

This year’s gala will honor Oscar nominated film producer of “The Social Network” Dana Brunetti; Grammy nominated songwriter, record executive, music publisher, author and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi; actor, screenwriter and director Jon Favreau; California trial lawyer Thomas V. Girardi; Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Dodgers great Tommy Lasorda; and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Gary Sinise.

One of the evening’s highlights will be a special tribute honoring the late Joseph R. Cerrell, one of the Foundation’s leaders and a legendary Los Angeles public affairs consultant.

The black-tie gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception under the magnificent Moreton Bay Fig Tree, followed by an awards program and dinner in the Starlight Ballroom of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, Calif.

Tickets begin at $250 per person. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or Visit

Lunch for a Song? Dine with Kara DioGuardi!
A once-in-a-lifetime chance…Lunch with Kara DioGuardi, Grammy nominated songwriter, record executive, music publisher, author and former American Idol judge, with three of your friends at: a) Soho House; b) Katsuya Hollywood’ or c) Mr. Chow. Priceless! The Live Auction at NIAF’s West Coast Gala on May 19 at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is your chance to bid! Go to

Win Tickets to NIAF’s West Coast Gala!
Don’t have your tickets to NIAF’s West Coast Gala? Enter to win two free tickets (a $500 value) to NIAF’s star-studded gala on May 19, 2011 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, in Santa Monica, Calif. Sign up today at Share with your family and friends, but only one entry per person. Drawing closes May 5 at 9 a.m. EST. Winner announced May 5!

Young Professionals and College Students: NIAF “G2L” Workshop at West Coast Gala
During the West Coast Gala, NIAF is offering a “Graduates to Leaders” (G2L) communications workshop focusing on networking and entrepreneurial skills. Guest speakers giving advice and motivating from a career perspective in communications include Thompson on Hollywood—IndieWIRE feature reporter Anthony D’Alessandro, FOX 11–Good Day LA Entertainment Producer Bill Cipolla and CNN Political Columnist Bill Schneider.

Participants will also attend an afternoon Celebrity Meet & Greet with actor Robert Davi, NIAF area coordinator Doug DeLuca, E! News Anchor and Managing Editor Giuliana DePandi Rancic and 12-time MLB All-Star Mike Piazza.

University students, recent college grads and young professionals up to age 30 are invited. Registration is $125, which includes a one-year youth membership to NIAF. Space is limited to a first-come, first-served. The workshop and reception location is at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, Calif. May 19, 2011, 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be followed by a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Riccardo Skeem at 202-939-3107 or email Or Click here to register.

NIAF Announces The 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

In Vino Veritas
The truth is there’s a special wine tasting event with Total Wines at NIAF headquarters on Thursday, May 12, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Total Wine & More is providing a varied selection of wines with a special presentation by its noted sommelier, Alfio Moriconi, along with Italian meats, cheeses and pastries. At the NIAF Headquarters, 1860 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Beatrice Santacroce at 202-939-3120 or email

Membership Welcoming Reception in Fort Lauderdale
Join NIAF for a special Membership Welcoming Reception with complimentary wine, hors d’eouvres and musical entertainment, Tuesday, May 24, 5:30 - 7 p.m., at Café Europa, 726 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Space is limited to a first-come, first served. RSVP with guest names to Beatrice Santacroce at or call 202-939-3120.

Virginia Attorney General to Address Guarini Policy Forum
Join us for the NIAF Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forum on June 23, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The keynote 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

Rockland Golf Tournament Kick-off Reception
Celebrate as NIAF once again kicks off its annual Rockland County Golf Tournament scheduled for August 1. This event is open to all members and those interested in participating in the August golf outing. Reception includes food, wine, musical entertainment and a NIAF scholarship presentation. Thursday, June 9, from 6:30 - 9 p.m., aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, W 46th St. and 12th Ave., New York, NY. For more information, contact Beatrice Santacroce at or call 202-939-3120.

Polish Your Drivers For This August Event
Sign up for NIAF's Seventh Annual Rockland County Golf Tournament that benefits NIAF’s scholarship and educational programs for the New York area. Included: Registration, 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, silent auction and awards dinner. Details on golf foursomes to follow soon. Monday, August 1, 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Rockland County Country Club, 380 Route 9W Sparkill, N.Y. For more information and reservations, contact: Maureen McMahon at or call 212-915-5947.

Back to the Links this October
Please 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

Film Screening of “Pane Amaro” by NIAF Grant Winner
Gianfranco Norelli’s film, “Pane Amaro” (Bitter Bread) documents the tribulations and success of the Italian American immigrant experience. You can see it Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at Stony Brook University, along with a presentation and discussion with the writer/director Norelli. The Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville Memorial Library, E4340. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 631- 632-7444.

NIAF is proud to announce that its 2010 Louis A. Caputo Legal Scholarship recipient, Lt. Christopher Deluzio, USN, who is a JD candidate at Georgetown Law School, won the 60th annual Beaudry Moot Court Competition at Georgetown Law this spring.

Don’t Miss Verdi’s Opera Rigoletto at the Embassy of Italy
The Opera Camerata of Washington begins its Verdi Festival in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, on Saturday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy of Italy. Under the patronage of the Ambassador of Italy, Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, and NIAF’s sponsorship, this production of Giuseppe Verdi’s famous opera will feature maestro Gregory Buchalter, of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, conducting the orchestra and chorus, along with world-class singing talents of Elisabeth Turchi, Jesús Daniel Hernández, and José Sacín. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, D.C.

For tickets, see or call 202-386-6008. For more information about The Opera Camerata of Washington, visit

The Italian Connection in the Nation’s Capital
Both Spring and Italy come to the nation’s capital this year through May 30 during the La Dolce DC festival, promoting D.C.'s Italian influences with museum exhibits, special events, plus hotel and restaurant packages.

From the U.S. Capitol dome and frescos of Constantino Brumidi and the fine sculpting at the National Cathedral, Italy is embedded in the cultural fabric and grandeur of Washington, D.C. The festival coincides with the opening of the exhibition of Venetian painter Canaletto and his rival’s works at The National Gallery of Art and an exhibit of Philip Guston’s expressionist vision of Italy at The Phillips Collection. Watch for more info or visit

Italians in D.C. Festival
Bringing Italy and contemporary Italian pop culture to Washingtonians, the Italians in D.C. Festival includes a concert by the Italian music group i-Talians, a DJ performance, a happy hour the Italian way (aperitivo italiano), an art exhibition, a panel discussion, and a program for families. The goal is for Italians to present contemporary Italian pop culture and their experience to the city that is hosting them.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 8, from 2 – 9 p.m., at Woodrow Wilson and Moynihan Plazas, Ronald Reagan Building Hemisphere A Room, and Aria Restaurant. The Festival is free; Tickets for the Aperitivo Italiano (Italian drink and buffet) are $15; and tickets to the wine tasting are $10. For more information, visit:

NIAF Voyage of Discovery Program
Italian American students—ever think of visiting Italy’s Campania Region? Vallo di Diano in the Cilento area, the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Pompeii and Caserta?

NIAF’s Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program is an all-expenses paid travel program for Italian American students to visit Italy for the first time. This year, the program runs from May 20 to June 8. 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.

Trip Dates: May 29 –June 8, 2011. For more information, visit And join us at or contact Riccardo Skeem at 202-939-3107 or email

NIAF Teacher of the Year Award
The National Italian American Foundation is now taking nominations from school principals for the NIAF Teacher of the Year Award. 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 recognized at the NIAF Education Luncheon held in conjunction with the NIAF Annual 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.

Deadline is June 24. For more information and to obtain an application, visit Contact: Riccardo Skeem at 202-939-3107, or email

Join NIAF for Your 2011 Trips to Italy and Greek Islands Cruise!
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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