The IWL donated $7000, through the Staten Island Organization Yellowboots, to get Noah Ocasio a prosthetic leg. Our Treasurer, Geri DiCostanzo, personally visited the family on Christmas eve to help present Noah with his gift. The new leg is decorated with his favorite comics and is waterproof. Noah was thrilled to not have to wear crutches in the shower anymore. Noah suffered from complications during surgery that led to his having a leg partially amputated. For the full story, click this link to the Staten Island Advance article.
In May, the IWL took a 9-day journey to the Veneto Region and experienced the roads less traveled. We discovered the rare beauty of Verona, Vicenza, Asolo, Bassano del Grappa, Treviso and Trieste. The last evening of our trip featured a private tour and wine tasting with a sommelier at the Bastianich Winery in Friuli, along with a four-course dinner with wine pairings at the Bastianich restaurant. This special wine and dine experience was arranged by world-renowned chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich. Trip arrangements by Kathleen Guglielmo, principal partner www.easeintoitaly.com .
Nicholas Scoppetta (2002-2010).Nicholas Scoppetta's leadership in public service spanned the administrations of four mayors. Mr. Scoppetta was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and was the youngest son of Italian immigrants, who struggled to get by during the Great Depression. At four years old he and his two older brothers were turned over to the city’s foster care system in the Bronx, but were reunited with their parents eight years later. Awarded a New York State Regents Scholarship, he attended Brooklyn Law School at night and graduated in 1962, while working in the criminal courts during the day assisting in the investigation and prosecution of cases in which children had been abused or neglected.
He was appointed Assistant District Attorney and served in the Manhattan D.A.’s Office until 1969, when he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In 1971, he served as Associate Counsel to the Knapp Commission, which investigated corruptio...
This year's Theater Night and Talk Back was at "On Your Feet", the inspiring story of Gloria and Emilio Estafan. Special thanks Josh Segarra, Doreen Montalvo, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Clay Ostwald, Member of the Miami Sound Machine as well as the other members of the cast for their insightful "Talk-Back". Special thanks to Patrick Vaccariello for making it happen. It was a great night!
Marie Louise Garibaldi (November 26, 1934 – January 15, 2016) was an Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. When appointed by Governor Thomas Kean in 1982, Garibaldi became the first woman to serve on New Jersey's highest court. She retired in 2000. She also was the first woman to serve as President of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Judge Garibaldi was a longstanding member of the Italian Welfare League.
The Italian Welfare League mourns the passing of Lisa Colagrossi, veteran television news reporter from WABC-TV. Lisa was a dear friend and supporter of the League. Despite her hectic schedule, she freely gave of her time to emcee at our Annual Luncheon for the past several years. Lisa embraced our organization and "I Nostri Bambini".
She was a bright, beautiful, enthusiastic and compassionate woman. She loved her work and adored her family, especially her husband Todd and her two young sons. Lisa was very proud of her Italian heritage and we are honored that she was part of the IWL family. She will be missed by us all. Our hearts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.