IWL News and Events
The Italian Welfare League is pleased to partner with Lidia Bastianich, former honoree and long-time Honorary Committee member of its “Annual Autumn in New York Luncheon”, on the publication of her new memoir, “My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food” (Knopf).
The passionate chef, accomplished restaurateur, avid cookbook author and TV host grew up behind the Iron Curtain in post-World War II Istria. There she enjoyed an idyllic childhood in her grandmother’s backyard, vineyards and orchards. When she was just ten-years-old her family of four was forced to flee Yugoslavia’s communist regime leaving their home, belongings and other family members behind. Sneaking across the border to Italy, they spent two years in a refugee camp in Trieste waiting to obtain visas to the United States. When they finally arrived in New York in 1958, Catholic Charities was instrumental in settling them first in New Jersey and then in Queens, New York.
The memoir of Lidia’s journey is now available on Amazon for a discounted price of $20.99. The IWL is offering one year’s $100 membership free for all new members who purchase Lidia’s book.
Simply make your purchase through Amazon or any bookstore and email your receipt to: firstname.lastname@example.org or send your receipt to: Italian Welfare League, 8 East 69th Street, New York, New York 10021. A brochure on the history of the Italian Welfare League and its beautiful “Autumn in New York” journal will be included with this new membership offering.
Thank you for your interest in purchasing this inspiring story of achieving the American Dream, and at the same time, joining one of the oldest charities in New York City.
IWL Past Events
Monday March 19, 2018
6:15 pm – Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm – Dinner
Bronxville Field Club
40 Locust Lane,
$250 per person
Kindly RSVP by March 12, 2018 to email@example.com
Proceeds will benefit the Italian Welfare League’s “I Nostri Bambini” program, which helps children of
Italian descent in need.
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IAF is a registered 501(c)3.
The tax-deductible portion of your payment is $125 as a charitable contribution.
On December 6th, the IWL Board held its annual Christmas Dinner
Throughout the year, the Italian Welfare League relies heavily on Nostra Famiglia and Nostri Amici to support Italian American children with disabilities. On #GivingTuesday, we encourage the participation of others across the country and around the world to choose the League’s I Nostri Bambini Program for their charitable contributions.
We encourage you to share the Italian Welfare League’s Facebook page and website with friends so they can see for themselves how the 97-year-old organization provided over 1400 children with medical supplies, treatments and equipment. . . making a difference in their lives . . ..one child at a time.
We thank those of you who participated in our extraordinarily successful luncheon in October. For those of you who could not attend, there is still time to consider supporting our mission. The IWL expects to donate more than $200,000 to children with cerebral palsy, autism, brain-injuries, cancer, Down Syndrome and learning disabilities this year. They thank you and we thank you!
the Italian Welfare League.
You Are Invited!
Join us for a Private Shopping Event at
New York Flagship Store
645 Fifth Avenue @ 51st Street
Thursday, November 9th
Enjoy 25% Off Exclusively For You
Light Bites + Bubbly
The Italian Welfare League enjoyed dinner at Tiro a Segno – a private club on MacDougal Street and the oldest Italian heritage organization in the U.S. Sal Spatola sang old Italian standards and guests had access to the Club’s popular target shooting range.
The League attended Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale” on Broadway on April 6, with a special cast Talk Back after the show.
In 2015, the IWL augmented funds raised by the Eslinger family to acquire a service dog. The current ECAD newsletter celebrates Timothy and his new dog Sky Rocket.
The IWL donated $7000, through the Staten Island Organization Yellowboots, to get Noah Ocasio a prosthetic leg. Our Treasurer, Geri DiCostanzo, personally visited the family on Christmas eve to help present Noah with his gift. The new leg is decorated with his favorite comics and is waterproof. Noah was thrilled to not have to wear crutches in the shower anymore. Noah suffered from complications during surgery that led to his having a leg partially amputated. For the full story, click this link to the Staten Island Advance article.
Our annual Autumn in New York Luncheon took place on November 5, 2016 at the Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street. Honorees included: Nicholas R. Caiazzo, Esq. – Partner, Wilson Elser LLP; Ippolita Rostagno – CEO/Founder, Ippolita; and Joseph Zolfo – Producer NCIS: New Orleans.
Click here to see photos and video.
Italian Tribune Honored
Our Chairwoman, Linda Carlozzi, was honored as Woman of the Year at the Italian Tribune’s Christopher Columbus Gala Awards dinner, on October 7, 2016 at Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ.
Linda has dedicated 30 years to the Italian-American community. She is a founding member of FIERI and was elected to the board of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 2009, currently serving on their scholarship committee. She was also on the board of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) and is an active supporter of Order Sons of Italy and the Columbian Lawyers in New York.
Ms. Carlozzi has been a director of the Italian Welfare League for more than 15 years, serving as president for 6 years, and currently serving as Chairwoman. The board members and directors of the IWL are proud that Linda has been chosen to receive this very prestigious award.
Thank you to Adults & Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. for featuring the IWL in their Summer Newsletter.
In May, the IWL took a 9-day journey to the Veneto Region and experienced the roads less traveled. We discovered the rare beauty of Verona, Vicenza, Asolo, Bassano del Grappa, Treviso and Trieste. The last evening of our trip featured a private tour and wine tasting with a sommelier at the Bastianich Winery in Friuli, along with a four-course dinner with wine pairings at the Bastianich restaurant. This special wine and dine experience was arranged by world-renowned chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich.
Trip arrangements by Kathleen Guglielmo, principal partner
IWL Night at the Theater
“On Your Feet”
This year’s Theater Night and Talk Back was at “On Your Feet”, the inspiring story of Gloria and Emilio Estafan. Special thanks Josh Segarra, Doreen Montalvo, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Clay Ostwald, Member of the Miami Sound Machine as well as the other members of the cast for their insightful “Talk-Back”. Special thanks to Patrick Vaccariello for making it happen. It was a great night!
N.Y. / Region
Strangers Extend a Helping Hand to Struggling New Yorkers
By JOHN OTIS FEB. 27, 2016
. . . Ms. Margaret Macaluso was featured in an article in December in connection with the The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund. Hers was the story of a mother devoted to caring for her four sons, whose father died in 2013; working to rebuild a home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy; and fighting an aggressive illness — all with remarkable equanimity . . .After the article about her appeared, the Italian Welfare League gave the Macaluso family $10,000. Ms. Macaluso plans to use the money to buy a second car, which she said she hoped would alleviate some of the stress from the family’s frenetic lifestyle by allowing her sons to drive themselves to work and school . . .
For full article click here.
Matthew was treated to a Harlem Globetrotters show and his brothers and sister also received gifts as part of the IWL’s annual Adopt-a-Child-for Christmas program.
Our 95th Anniversary was a spectacular success!! Special thanks to our honorees, Matilda Cuomo, Mariafrancesca Carli and George Simeone!
Thank you to all of our friends and supporters.
2014 – Dinner at Il Punto
2013 – Annual Luncheon in New York
2013 – Columbus Day Parade
2013 – Wine & Cheese Tasting at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center
2013 – Tour of the Orchid Show – NY Botanical Gardens
2012 – Annual Autumn in New York Luncheon
2012 – Columbus Day Parade
2011 – Annual Autumn in New York Luncheon
2010 – Annual Autumn in New York Luncheon
2010 – IWL visits Ellis Island (90th Anniversary Celebration)
2010 – Valentine’s Dinner at Vivolo’s Restaurant
2009 – Annual Autumn in New York Luncheon
2009 – West Side Story Theater Night (dinner at Etcetera Etcetera)
2008 – Annual Autumn in New York Luncheon
2008 – Final Year of the original Yankee Stadium visit
2008 – IWL dinner at Tiro a Segno
2007 – Annual Autumn in New York Luncheon
2007 – May Brunch at Nori’s Kitchen Loft & Tour of Chelsea
2006 – Annual Autumn in New York Luncheon
2006 – June Tour of Arthur Avenue & lunch at Roberto’s
2006 – February Valentine’s Dinner at San Domenico