Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Italian Charities of America celebrates 86 years/ L’Italian Charities of America celebra i suoi 86 anni

 By Tiziano Thomas Dossena

Italian Charities of America celebrated its 86th year with the Annual Dinner Dance at Roma View, in Howard Beach, New York, on October 23rd. It was a great evening in which the cultural elite of New York’s Italian Americans gathered around in a festive ambient to honor some of their own for their admirable accomplishments.

This year, Joseph Petrosino, Esq. Kings County District Attorney, was given the Christopher Columbus Award, while the Italian American Community Service Award was bestowed upon Giovanni Pinto, advocate for the Italian American Communities in NY and NT, and founder of L’Italico Newspaper.

From the left: Italian Consul On. Francesco Genuardi, Italian Charities President Domenic Giampino, Honoree Dr. Silvana Mangione and Dr. Anthony Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Italian American Institute. Photo by Tiziano Thomas Dossena

Dr. Silvana Mangione, Deputy Secretary General at the General Council of Italians Abroad, and former contributor of this magazine for many years, was conferred the Italian American Ambassador Award. Dr. Antonio Carlo Vitti, Director of the Italian Summer Program at Middlebury College and Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, while the Italian American Leadership Award was bestowed upon Dr. Donna M. Chirico, Professor of Psychology at York College/CUNY, and President of the Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance. Finally, Louisa Calio, an award-winning poet who we recently interviewed, earned a Renaissance Award.

Honoree Louisa Calio sided by President of Arba Sicula Dr. Gaetano Cipolla and our Editorial director tiziano Thomas Dossena. Photo by Nicoletta Mita Dossena

After a meaningful speech by the President of Italian Charities of America, Domenic Giampino, followed by the ones by the Queens Borough President, Hon. Donovan Richards, and the Italian Consul, Hon. Francesco Genuardi, an unexpected visit and speech by the Mayor of New York City, Hon. Eric Adams, delighted everyone and reflected on the importance of this event for the community.

The great food choices and the wonderful music by Dominic Karcic and the Continental Sound added to the pleasantness of the evening.


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L’Italian Charities of America ha celebrato il suo 86° anno con l’Annual Dinner Dance a Roma View, a Howard Beach, New York, il 23 ottobre scorso. È stata una grande serata in cui l’élite culturale degli italoamericani di New York si è riunita in un ambiente festoso per onorare alcuni dei loro ammirevoli colleghi.

Quest’anno, Joseph Petrosino, procuratore distrettuale della contea di Kings, ha ricevuto il Christopher Columbus Award, mentre l’Italian American Community Service Award è stato conferito a Giovanni Pinto, avvocato delle comunità italoamericane a New York e NT e fondatore del quotidiano L’Italico.

Silvana Mangione, Vice Segretario Generale del Consiglio Generale degli Italiani all’Estero, già collaboratrice di questa rivista per molti anni, è stata insignita dell’Italian American Ambassador Award. Il Dr. Antonio Carlo Vitti, Direttore dell’Italian Summer Program al Middlebury College e Professore Emerito all’Indiana University, ha ricevuto il Lifetime Achievement Award, mentre l’Italian American Leadership Award  è stato conferito alla Dott.ssa Donna M. Chirico, Professoressa di Psicologia allo York College / CUNY, e Presidente dell’Alleanza Interculturale della Lingua Italiana. Infine, Louisa Calio, una poetessa pluripremiata che abbiamo recentemente intervistato, ha vinto il Renaissance Award.

Dopo un significativo discorso del Presidente di Italian Charities of America, seguito da quelli del Presidente del Queens Borough On. Donovan Richards, e del Console italiano, On. Francesco Genuardi, una visita e un discorso inaspettati del sindaco di New York City, On. Eric Adams, hanno deliziato tutti e hanno rispecchiato l’importanza di questo evento per la comunità.

Le ottime scelte di cibo e la meravigliosa musica di Dominic Karcic e il Continental Sound hanno aggiunto piacevolezza alla serata.

Tiziano Thomas Dossena
Tiziano Thomas Dossenahttp://tizianodossena.info
Tiziano Thomas Dossena is the Editorial Director of L’Idea Magazine. He is the author of “Caro Fantozzi” (2008), “Dona Flor, An Opera by van Westerhout” (2010), "Sunny Days and Sleepless Nights" (2016), "The World as an Impression: The Landscapes of Emilio Giuseppe Dossena" (2020), "Federico Tosti, Poeta Antiregime" (2021), and "La Danza del Colore" (2023). Dossena is the editor of A Feast of Narrative anthology series and co-editor of Rediscovered Operas Series books on librettos.

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