This autistic 18-year-old from Coram, NY aspires to be a game coding professional. IWL donated funds for a 20-session training program at Game U., which teaches kids with disabilities how to code and design video games.
For our annual "Adopt-a-Child-for-Christmas" program, the IWL spread holiday cheer to a four-year-old boy from New York who lost younger twin siblings in a tragic accident this past summer. The League presented him with gift cards, to Dave and Busters and Chuck E. Cheese, goggles and swim lessons.
IWL Board Christmas dinner 2019. We are grateful for so many blessings this year. We thank all of you, our members and donors who allow us to continue our good work on behalf of “I Nostri Bambini”. From our famiglia to your famiglia, we wish you all a joyous holiday and blessings in the New Year!!
Buon Natale e felice Anno Nuovo!
Marathon runner and mother of two of our grant recipients in 2016, Lisa Tuozzolo, was interviewed while running the NY Marathon and featured in the NY Post. The IWL gave gift cards to this family after NYPD Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo was killed in the line of duty.
On November 6, 2019 at the Women's Overseas Service League Flagstaff and Grove in Central Park, a tribute ceremony was held to the women who have served America, co-sponsored by the East Side WWI Centennial Commemoration, American Red Cross, and NYC Department of Veterans' Services. Speaker Marion Pardo, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation acknowledged Joan Prezioso, President of the Italian Welfare League. The IWL began 100 years ago while assisting and re-assimilating those Italian American men who fought for Italy during WWI and were returning home to the New York City piers.
"Excited to be in Tuckahoe for my annual celebration of Italian Heritage Month. I’m joined by tonight’s honorees —David Anthony Pope, president and CEO Generoso Pope Foundation; Anthony Capicotto, past venerable
of the Antonio Meucci Lodge of Order Sons of Italy; John DeCicco Sr., chairman of DeCicco and Sons; Joan Prezioso, president of the Italian Welfare League; and Tony Signorile, former chairman of the Bronx Columbus Day Parade — and many others who are part of America’s vibrant and thriving Italian culture." - Thomas P. DiNapoli
To see the video presentation, click on the link below:
Dominick is a twin who was born prematurely. he is able to enjoy bike riding with a special, adaptive bike.
"We just got the bike and are having so much fun! Thank you to all who made this possible. The timing was perfect because school just ended. Dominick loves it as did his twin Brother Dante. (Dante has hydrocephalus so this is a great asset to their physical therapy). Thank you again for all of you help with this."
“On December 27, 2018, the President of the Italian Republic, Hon. Sergio Mattarella conferred the honor of Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia to our Chairwoman, Linda Carlozzi." On June 3, 2019, during a ceremony at the Consulate General of Italy, Hon. Francesco Genuardi, presented the honor to Linda R. Carlozzi, Esq.
These children lost their home in the Camp fire in California, and they lost their father 4 years ago. The IWL helped them over the holidays with gift cards.
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Another family, with a special needs child, lost their home in the fire and was also part of the IWL's Adopt-a-Child-for-Christmas program in 2018:
"We have received your gift and your generosity overwhelms and honors us. The firestorms that ravaged our hometown last year left us and our community scrambling, at first for safety, then, eventually for normalcy. We have found a new residence to create home, and local citize...
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 our Bambini Program and much admired for expanding it while reaching out to hundreds of Italian-American children. This program is well-known throughout the Italian-American community and Bea Tusiani’s name is synonymous with its importance and success. Please join us in congratulating Bea on achieving this admirable and much-deserved position...