IWL News & Events

March 28, 2019

The IWL purchased this specialized stroller for a Long Island five-year-old with Down Syndrome.
"Thank you so much for the stroller. We used it when we went to see my niece play lacrosse and it was a lifesaver! Standing out on a cold field for 2 hours is not something Leah can or is willing to do. It is really going to help with being able to go out and not having to carry her.

Thank you again.

March 6, 2019

This is a long overdue thank you note to show our appreciation for the money that you have granted our son, James, to be able to continue his therapy at Break Through Intensive Physical Therapy.  He is doing amazing work with Dr. Christine and really showing improvement by getting stronger every time he goes.  What a wonderful kindness you have shown.  Thank you so much for your generosity.

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Chase and Shane had a wonderful time at CAMP for the past two summers!  They are both fully potty trained and Chase wore his Cochlear implants for camp this past year!  They have made so much progress!  Thanks to you and your organization for helping them go to camp.  Tina Rocco has reported such great news while they were at her camp.  We are looking forward to attending again this summer.


Thank you again for all you do for my family.


Breakthough Intensive Physical Therapy

March 1, 2019

Join the IWL on March 22 and

learn to make authentic, Neapolitan pizza while snacking and enjoying wine at Kesté Pizza and Vino! The evening will include a pizza class, wine and other goodies.

“Kesté” means “This is It” and it was voted “#1 Pizza in New York” by New York Magazine.

Click HERE to register or RSVP.  Cost - $85

Register Now!

January 30, 2019

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 citizens have opened their hearts to us and other fire survivors. Our employers have given us time both away from, and at work to heal.

Daniel’s school district has agreed to keep him enrolled locally for this year and next, despite our temporarily moving out of the district. With his special needs, routine is very important, and the continuation of school with his friends and familiar staff is comfortin...

January 1, 2019

"We are a family originally from Italy and we moved in USA 4 years ago for our son Jacopo, a lovely boy of 8 years old with cerebral palsy. Jacopo is a joyful kid who loves to ride the bike with his siblings but his bike is too small and we'd like to buy a new one.


We received the tricycle at the end of the summer and Jacopo loves it!

Thank you again for your support in making Jacopo's wish coming true!"

December 12, 2018

The Board's annual Christmas dinner at Columbus Citizens Foundation.

November 20, 2018

You Are Invited!
Join us for a Private Shopping Event:
Jewelry by Liza 
on Tuesday Nov 20th
Hosted by Judy Bautz 

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

See more pieces on Liza’s Instagram:

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 a

pproach 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 Ho...

November 15, 2018

Ekavi Boutique
Benefit Weekend
November 29, November 30 and Dec 1, 2018

10% of the Proceeds Benefit the IWL and there will be a 10% discount
Welcoming Reception
with refreshments
Nov 29, 6-9pm

Shop their unique collection of clothes and accessories!

October 8, 2018

Thank you to all who shared Columbus Day with us.

September 27, 2018

"Our family would personally like to thank you for your help with our son's medical bills. Each year, due to Thalassemia, we are overwhelmed by bills and are so very grateful for your help. You have alleviated a lot of stress for us and we want you to know how much that means!"

"I wanted to write and thank you and all the selfless men and women of your organization who give so much of their time and energy ... No words of mine can truly express our gratitude and appreciation for all the IWL has done for our family. Please send our heartfelt thanks to all of your members and donors who make these grants and this assistance possible." 

September 4, 2018

"To Our Family at the Italian Welfare League:

We will never, ever forget you, your work and how much IWL means to our family. You truly helped my boys in a way that I will never be able to repay...But now that the boys are doing well and I can actually work again - we will try to help pay it forward however we can.

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I am forever grateful.!

With Love and admiration - Michele."

September 1, 2018

"Because of your generosity, were able to send our son, Clay, to summer camp for the first time. Autism can be very isolating, especially for children with compromised conversational abilities and restricted diets. Clay loves people and craves socialization with his peers. He had a blast at camp meeting challenges including swimming, quads, and zip-lining with new friends! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for such a wonderful experience."

August 15, 2018

"We would like to thank the Italian Welfare League for their most generous grant.   The grant enabled us to use parent coaching services which have made a tremendous difference in our parenting styles. It was near impossible for us to manage our schedules and household with two young boys who both have special needs.  Our therapist was able to provide a light at the end of the tunnel and on several occasions, talk me off of the parent ledge of despair!  Again, we would like to thank you for giving us the help that we desperately needed."

June 5, 2018

"Thank you so much for your support. Angelina was able to have a great camp experience while being kept safe!! Thanks to the Italian Welfare League."

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"Gianni is mid-way through his week of day camp and having a blast! He has had another opportunity this summer to spend a week swimming, playing basketball, and just being a kid, because of the IWL. If not for your generosity providing a shadow helper, he would not be able to participate in a summer camp because of his special needs. This is the week that Gianni looks forward to all year and we are so grateful that you make that possible for him."

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"Dear Italian Welfare League,

I wanted to thank you very much for the grant money allowing our son Thomas to attend the C.A.M.P. program with Speech Language Pathology in Motion. Financially, it eases the strain on our budget and more importantly, it allows Thomas the opportunity to participate in activities that foster his educational and emotional growth.

Thank you again."

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