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.
Bea Tusiani is the author of a memoir entitled ‘Con Amore’ and a children’s book entitled ‘The Fig Cake Family’ both of which are rooted in her Italian heritage and, ‘Remnants of a Life on Paper’, a mother-daughter dialogue that chronicles the struggles and anguish suffered by a family with a member living with Border Personality Disorder (BPD). Bea’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, N...
"This past December, I came home from work one day to find Lea with a smile on her face, playing with a brand new iPad in her room. When I looked at it, I also saw that her name was engraved in the back. My wife then explained to me how she got it.
My wife Gina and I would like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation for your generous gift for Lea this past Christmas season. She loves her iPad!!!!! Her new thing is finding it, picking it up, bringing it to us, and pushing it up against our bodies until we sit with her and play with it!! It makes our day ever time she does this."
"Thank you so very much for making it possible for our son Logan to experience West Hills Day Camp! He has made new friends, tried new things and socially interacted with other kids - other groups! We are so very grateful that he was able to have this experience!"
"Dear Italian Welfare League, Word cannot express how grateful Taya and I are for your kindness, generosity and support during this difficult time. I know you didn’t know my husband Anthony, but he was a good man who fought a tough battle with ALS. I will never forget the words he spoke often “it’s not what you take from life but what you give back to others, is what ultimately defines us.”
"Hi Geri. Just a quick not to let you know the boys are doing so well in gymnastics/tumbling. It has had a calming effect and has toned down the energy level at home. Plus, they love going and it appears it’s been another really good opportunity for them to learn to follow direction. I highly recommend for any special needs mom.
The League enjoyed a private shopping event at FURLA's (Italy 1927) New York flagship store, 645 Fifth Avenue @ 51st Street Thursday, November 9th 6pm -8pm. Shoppers were treated to 25% off, light bites + bubbly.
"Our little 4-year-old boy was diagnosed with Beta Thalassemia Major when he was 11 months old. The Italian Welfare League grant given to Cooley's Anemia Foundation has been very helpful to us. We very much appreciate the help. We hope the grant will continue! Grazie!"
"Dear Italian Welfare League, We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Italian Welfare League for awarding our daughter with grant money provided to ACDS. Markella is a very special three and half year little girl who was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a very rare form of epilepsy when she was only six months old. Markella has made tremendous progress in her development since her diagnosis and continues to thrive since she began attending ACDS this fall. Thank you again for your generosity, it truly means a lot!"
The Italian Welfare League mourns the passing of Mary Valastro, who was honored as "Woman of the Year" at our 2010 Autumn in New York luncheon. Mrs. Valastro, mother of Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ, was dedicated to her family. She was a gregarious and courageous woman, and the Italian Welfare League extends its heartfelt sympathy to the Valastro family.
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.