Members of the Italian American Women's Association (IAWA) of Erie stepped up over the weekend to host a food drive that benefited the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania.  Boxes, bags and other items that were collected by members of IAWA were dropped off Monday to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The group collected non-perishables an...

2020 was a very difficult year for everyone and every organization. COVID-19 caused postponements and cancellations of fundraising events leading to new and creative ways to raise money in the Non-Profit Community. Early in 2020, the Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB) were deep into planning their Spring Gala, which has grown over the p...

The national organization Order of Sons of Italy in America was started in 1905 to help Italian immigrants assimilate into American society. The group established homes for the elderly, orphanages, credit unions and gave scholarships to help Italian-Americans to succeed in their new country. During the World Wars, the lodges gave to the Red Cross,...

In 2015 I made a small contribution to a crazy, unprecedented and wonderful feat. A group of visionaries managed to bring the great actor Tony Lo Bianco to Rome, where in a historic evening at the Sala Umberto he staged his show "The Little Flower," the story of Fiorello La Guardia, the most beloved mayor by his citizens in the history of New York....

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every facet of life and the return of “normalcy” is still off in the distance. Individuals, families, institutions and businesses have all been affected to some degree. Organizations of all types have also faced challenges. Yet, they have stepped up to pursue opportunities. The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National,...

Happy tears flowed on Thursday’s “Drew Barrymore Show” thanks to one chef taking a moment out of her busy schedule to honor another chef. It all started when the host of the show introduced her audience to her latest “Drew-Gooder,” a charitable caterer named Antonella Loiacono, who’s used her own company to provide food to front-line workers at 15...

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a generous $5,000 donation from Bob and Ginger Grappone, who represented the Order of the Sons of Italy in America/Richard A. Capozzola Lodge No. 2865 in Crestview. “We are so appreciative of the Grappones and the Crestview Sons of Italy Lodge for their generous donation,” said Julie Por...

Stefani Germanotta is proud to be an Italian-American, and her latest collaboration is with an iconic Italian supercar manufacturer. Lamborghini and Lady Gaga are making dreams possible for kids across the U.S. As the founder of Born This Way Foundation, she and her mother Cynthia raised $333,800 by listing her Huracan EVO RWD coupe on Omaze. Today...

A Jersey City pizzeria owner said he’s making sure he gives back to the community on National Pizza Day. Pizzerias across the country will be joining forces to feed the hungry and fight against food insecurity through the Pizza Across America campaign on Tuesday — National Pizza Day. “Sure, small businesses like pizzerias are having a tough year, b...

The UNICO Chapter of Kenilworth recently organized a coat drive to collect new and used coats in good condition, hats, scarves, and gloves for people in need this winter season. Laura Morana the Chapter President partnered with an organization in Newark that expressed a necessity for these items to help those less fortunate. The coat drive was held...