NIAF News Releases

* Open to Convention Guests Ages 7 to 17 during October Gala Weekend*


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 20, 2006) Renaissance Kids’ Club will offer fun and educational activities Italian-style for youngsters ages 7 to 17 during the upcoming National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Annual Convention and 31st Anniversary Awards Gala.

The kids’ club program kicks off Friday night, October 20, with an evening movie. On Saturday, October 21, activities include a breakfast, sports and game hour, song time, an Italian lunch, mask-making, food tastings, an evening carnevale dinner, drama, dancing, and much more. The Renaissance Kids’ Club will be held at Hilton Washington & Towers in Washington, D.C.

NIAF’s new Renaissance Kids’ Club will entertain convention guests free of charge while their parents attend the Foundation’s convention weekend programs. Club leaders will entertain the youngsters in a safe, supervised, and engaging environment. Participants will be divided into groups by age.

This Italian learning experience is offered in cooperation with Lago del Bosco, the Italian Language Village of Concordia Language Villages, an internationally recognized and respected language and cultural immersion program.

During NIAF’s convention weekend, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will perform musical hits at NIAF’s annual Salute to the Martini on Friday evening, October 20. The Foundation will also host Piazza d’Italia, a two-day showcase of Italian products, and the traditional celebrity luncheon and auction. A travel conference, “Italy’s Thermal Waters, Wines, and Food,” will be held Friday. On Saturday, NIAF will host a conference featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito Jr. and Antonin Scalia.

The 2006 Gala honorees at the Foundation’s 31st Anniversary Awards Gala are Samuel Alito Jr., Supreme Court justice, Raffaello Follieri, chairman and CEO of Follieri Yucaipa Investments, Tom W. LaSorda, CEO and president of the Chrysler Group, Catherine B. Reynolds, chairman of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation and Valli, who will receive the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment. Academy Award-winning actress Anne Bancroft will be posthumously inducted into the NIAF Italian American Hall of Fame. Her husband, Mel Brooks, will accept the award on her behalf.

Since space is limited for the NIAF Renaissance Kids’ Club, registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Serena Cantoni at 202-939-3111 or To view the flyer, go to

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

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