IWL News and Events

Bea Tusiani Becomes Chairwoman Emerita

We are proud to announce that after years of dedication as Chairwoman and President of the Italian Welfare League, and Chairwoman of its Bambini Committee, Bea Tusiani has been appointed Chairwoman Emerita. Bea has been tireless in her efforts developing...

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IWL Past Events


Jewelry Event Benefit for the IWL

You Are Invited!

Join us for a Private Shopping Event:
Jewelry by Liza
on Tuesday May 15th
hosted by Judy Bautz
400 East 56th Street

~ will include light bites + bubbly, 4pm – 8pm ~
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the IWL.

One of New York’s finest costume “couture” jewelry designers, Elizabeth Gottlieb – known as Liza, was born in France and raised in Vienna and Paris. Her classical approach to fashion was developed through her musical training at the National Music Academy in Paris.

Liza carefully curates her materials so that each piece is unique and sumptuous. Handcrafted from sterling silver, vermeil and vintage beads, using semi-precious stones among other materials, she knows how to accent a woman’s personal style from personal experience on the runway.

Here in New York, her pieces can be found at ‘Mirabelle Boutique” on Madison Avenue or by appointment at her show room and studio on the Upper West Side. In France, you can find her creations in Paris at the Hotel Georges V and at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

“Jewelry by Liza enchants the elegant woman of good taste with its beauty and timeless allure.”
WWD Magazine

Please RSVP by May 10 to: info@italianwelfareleague.org

See more pieces on Liza’s Instagram:

IAF Dinner


   Wine Tour of Italy


 – Join us for an evening of fine dining and Award-winning Italian wines, presented by Antinori Vineyards.


Monday March 19, 2018
6:15 pm – Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm – Dinner
Bronxville Field Club
40 Locust Lane,
Bronxville, NY

$250 per person

Kindly RSVP by March 12, 2018 to

Proceeds will benefit the Italian Welfare League’s “I Nostri Bambini” program, which helps children of
Italian descent in need.

Pay by Check:  Payable to IAF
c/o  Paraco Gas – Attn:  Diane DeVivo
800 Westchester Avenue, Suite 604
Rye Brook, NY 10573

Pay by Credit Card:  Click here to access

(Please note a credit card processing fee will be added)


IAF is a registered 501(c)3.
The tax-deductible portion of your payment is $125 as a charitable contribution.

Shop Ekavi Boutique Dec 14-16

Ekavi Boutique is holding a sale to benefit the IWL.  The reception will be Thursday December 14, and sales continue on Friday and Saturday, Dec 15-16.  10% of the proceeds will benefit the IWL.

Giving Tuesday

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!

Happy Holidays

Please click on “Support IWL” at the top or bottom of this page to make your donation. Thank you.
 Support us when you shop on Amazon. #StartWithaSmile at  
smile.amazon.com/ch/13-1624051 and Amazon will donate to
the Italian Welfare League.

IWL Event at Furla

You Are Invited!


Join us for a Private Shopping Event at
Italy 1927
New York Flagship Store
645 Fifth Avenue @ 51st Street
Thursday, November 9th
6pm -8pm
Enjoy 25% Off Exclusively For You
Light Bites + Bubbly

RSVP: info@italianwelfareleague.org

2017 Columbus Day Parade

2017 Columbus Day Parade - (courtesy ABC - TV)

The IWL was happy to host 5 of its grant recipient families on our float in the Columbus Day parade.

Posted by Italian Welfare League on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tiro a Segno

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.

A Bronx Tale

The League attended Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale” on Broadway on April 6, with a special cast Talk Back after the show.

ECAD Celebrates Service Dog for Tim Eslinger

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.

IWL Helps SI Boy Get Prosthetic Leg for Christmas

leg 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.

2016 Autumn in NY Luncheon

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.



Linda Carlozzi Honored by Italian Tribune

Italian Tribune Honored
Linda Carlozzi

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.  

IWL Trip to Italy – May 2016

In May, the IWL took a 9-day journey to the Veneto flyer1Region 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

On Your Feet – April 2016

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!

IWL Gift Noted in New York Times

N.Y. / Region
Strangers Extend a Helping Hand to Struggling New Yorkers

The Neediest Cases

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.

A Christmas Recipient Enjoys his Gift

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.

IWL Mentioned in the ACLD Newsletter

The IWL has donated to ACLD (Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities) for many years. Please click on the link below to read their feature on us on page two of their Winter 2015 newsletter.


2015 Autumn in New York Luncheon

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.

November 13 at Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor Shop Smart & Do Good – Westchester store. Shoppers purchased a $5 pass from the IWL and got discounts on all items in the store.


2015 Columbus Day Parade

The Italian Welfare League took part in New York City’s annual Columbus Day Parade on Monday October 12. We celebrated our 95th anniversary and our float carried many of the children we have helped throughout the years.

September 30 at Alex & Ani

Alex and Ani  at 425 West Broadway, New York

Friends of the League gathered for an evening of shopping hosted by Alex & Ani, with light refreshments and a raffle.

March 11 Theater Night – “Big Love”

Big Love at the Signature Theater. This night out with the League included a pre-theater, prix-fixe dinner at the KTCHN restaurant in the OUT NYC Hotel.

March 27 at Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor Shop Smart & Do Good – Westchester store. Shoppers purchased a $5 pass from the IWL and got discounts on all items in the store.

2014 Autumn in New York Luncheon

Other Past Events

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