Italian Charities of America Events

Saluti! Greetings!

October 2019 Events at the Italian Charities of America, Inc.

Celebrate your culture as October is National Italian American Heritage Month!

Please feel free to contact us with any inquiries.

Italian American Speaker Series
Italian Charities of America and Council Member Robert F. Holden (CD30) are proud sponsors of the Fall Italian American Speaker Series. This series will be featuring guest speakers that focus on topics and discussions pertaining to Italian American history, art, culture, heritage and experiences. The events will be held on the second floor of the Italian Charities building. These events are free and open to the public, all are welcome to attend. To reserve your seat you will find an Eventbrite link after each event listing. 

The Ironies of Italian American History
Tuesday, October 1st from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Stanislao Pugliese, Professor of History and the Queensboro Unico Distinguished Professor of Italian & Italian American Studies at Hofstra University, will present his newest book The Routledge History of Italian Americans, co-edited with William J. Connell. As controversy and debate rage over the statue of Columbus in New York City and the fate of Columbus Day generally, it is necessary that Italian Americans confront the dilemmas and paradoxes of Italian American history. Columbus has become a prism through which much of Italian American history is refracted and often times distorted. As the latest controversy plays out, this lecture is an attempt to unravel the stereotypes and ask questions about how we construct both our past and future. Refreshments will be served. 

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The Alchemy of Italy
Tuesday, October 29th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

What is it about Italy? Cultural Superpower yet merely a mountainous Mediterranean peninsula, Italy has exerted an out-sized force on the world, Western civilization and the popular imagination over the course of millennia. Explore the special alchemy of Italy and the “cultural DNA” that has made Italy and Italians not only so influential, but also so beloved.  A edu-taining lecture in which you will discover fascinating new insights about the “Boot’s” long history of substance over size by Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-Z, an eclectic compendium of all things Italian: food, wine, history, architecture, art, style, anecdotes, attitude and more which, according to Primo Magazine, “… may have done the impossible in capturing the rich cultural history in less than 300 pages.” Lecture will be followed by Q & A, book available for purchase and signing, refreshments to follow. 

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Saturday Night Community Dances:
October 5th from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am – Celebrate our special “Italian Night Dinner Dance” 

Join us for our annual Italian Night Dinner Dance! Once a year we come together for Italian Heritage Month and have a special dance with Italian homemade cooked food. Come join us for a night of dancing and Italian food! Live DJ will be spinning Italian music, classics, oldies, Top 40 and Latin music! Hot Italian Buffet, one complimentary glass of wine, dessert, coffee and tea included. $25 at the door or you can pay by cash or check in advance for reservations. Door prizes and 50/50 raffle. Additional beverages, liquor, wine and beer not included but available for purchase. Event held on 2nd floor of our building at 83-20 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst NY 11373. For more info. at 718-478-3100 or email us.

October 19th from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Come join us for a night of dancing! Live DJ, food and fun! DJ will be spinning classics, oldies, Top 40, Italian and Latin music! $12 at the door or $10 for Italian Charities’ members. Food, dessert, coffee and tea included in admission. Beverages, liquor, wine and beer not included but available for purchase. Door Prizes and 50/50 raffle! Call for more info. at 718-478-3100.

Italian Charities of America’s 83rd Annual Dinner Dance
Sunday. October 20, 2019 – 1:00 to 6:00pm at Roma View
Italian Charities of America, Inc. cordially invites its members, friends and anyone interested in our organization to join us at our 83rd Annual Dinner Dance. Every year we come together to celebrate the Italian American community in New York and honor those who have been an instrumental force in preserving Italian American culture, heritage and pride. 

Our 83rd Annual Dinner Dance will be celebrating these Italian American Honorees for their outstanding work and achievements;

Michael A. Santo, Esq. will be honored with our Christopher Columbus Award. 

Anne T. Romano, Ph.D. will be honored with our Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Anton Evangelista will be honored with our Italian American Leadership Award. 

William Russo will honored with our Italian American Community Service Award.

Carolyn Reres will be honored with our Renaissance Award.

Our 83rd Dinner Dance will be held at Roma View located in Howard Beach, NY. Tickets are $90.00 a person which includes cocktail hour, open bar, dinner, dancing and the awards ceremony. Music by Dominic Karcic and The Continental Sound. Please call, email or message us if you would like an invitation sent to you personally and/or if you would like to inquire on how to purchase tickets. If you are a business or organization that would like to reserve an advertisement for our 83rd Annual Dinner Dance Journal please call, message or email us for rates.

Flea Market:
Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fall is here and so are the bargains. Our new and improved flea market features additional and more diverse vendors than in the past. Vendors will be selling jewelry, collectibles, purses & handbags, wall & framed art, books, home goods and much more. Vendors will also be selling seasonal items for the upcoming holidays, including Thanksgiving & Christmas. Entrance is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase. Baby carriage and wheelchair accessible. If you would like to become a vendor, please call the office at 718-478-3100.

Italian Charities of America 83rd Annual Dinner Dance – RSVP <pdf>

Italian Night Dinner Dance October 5, 2019 <pdf>

Italian Charities of America, Inc.
A Not For Profit 501 (c) (3) Corp.
83-20 Queens Boulevard
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Office # (718) 478-3100 Fax # (718) 478-2665

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