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April 23rd Luncheon 1:30 PM
Alla Prossima – Until Next Time at the Paradiso Ristorante

Paradiso Ristorante, 625 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Chair: Tony Phillips tpnjp4@gmail.com

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Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Italian Film & Discussion – Join us for a screening of the 2004 masterpiece IO NON HO PAURA by Gabriele Salvatores

“I’m not Scared” — In Italian with English subtitles

It is the summer of 1978, and during a bike ride with friends through the grain fields outside a small town in Basilicata, 9-year-old Michele comes upon an abandoned house where in the courtyard he finds a deep hole. Looking inside he finds a leg sticking out from under the hay. Terrified, Michele decides to keep his discovery a secret. Returning to the scene he finds a young boy, Filippo, chained, but alive. It turns out that Filippo is the victim of a kidnapping. A relationship develops between Michele and Filippo who has no memory of how he ended up in the hole, but the story becomes more complicated when Michele learns that his own father might have had something to do with Filippo’s captivity…

“I’m Not Scared is a reminder of true childhood, of its fears and speculations, of the way a conversation can be overheard but not understood, of the way that the shape of the adult world forms slowly through the mist” (Roger Ebert). The film is based on a novel by Niccolò Ammaniti and is hailed for the power of its story and the stunningly beautiful cinematography which earned the director the David di Donatello Award for Best Cinematography.

Helen Perrson Auditorium (Vera Lea Hall) at Palm Beach Atlantic University, 326 Acacia Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33410

Chair: Dr. Myriam Ruthenberg ruthenbe@fau.edu

March 26, 2017
41st Annual Gala – VIAGGIO ITALIA
Event Chairs Marie & Bob Silvani (561) 371-4517 or (561) 371-6768

We invite you to participate as we celebrate 41 years of accomplishments during our gala on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

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Special Honorees:

  • Tony Lo Bianco – Actor, Writer, Director, Producer
  • Giada Valenti – Singer, Songwriter
  • Rollie Massimino – Keiser University Men’s basketball coach

Tony Lo Bianco. Actor, writer, director and producer. Tony has starred in the Academy Awardwinning film The French Connection and in over 100 films, television programs, and stage performances. On Broadway, he is a Tony-nominated and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award in A View from the Bridge. He has an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Fiorello La Guardia in Hizzoner! Please check his website www.tonylobianco.com for his full list of accomplishments.

Giada Valenti, singer, and songwriter. Award-winning Venetian vocalist Giada Valenti whisks her audiences away with pageantry and poignancy, dazzling them with her breathtaking vocals, captivating beauty, and her lavish stage presentation. Giada’s currently celebrating a career milestone with her PBS television special “From Venice With Love” which is now being released as a CD and DVD. Please listen to her performance at www.giadavalenti.com

Rollie Massimino, renowned coach of the Villanova Wildcats and currently the Keiser University Men’s basketball team. Coach Massimino joins Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim as active coaches with at least 800 wins and is the ninth head coach to win at least 800 games. At Villanova, he led his 1984–85 team to the NCAA Championship defeating their heavily favored Big East Conference foe, the Georgetown Hoyas in the National Championship Game. The upset is widel regarded as one of the greatest in North American sports history.

March 12, 2017
Pane, Vino e Bocce

Doris Italian Market – located in the Shoppes at City Centre
Chairs: Jim Nicholas and Marco Capoccia (marcovespa@aol.com or 614-207-1002)

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February 25, 2017
Boca Raton Italian Festival

Sanborn Square Park, 72 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33432
THAT’S AMORE! 2nd Annual Italian Fest in Downtown Boca
Chair: Marco Capoccia, marcovespa@aol.com

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February 12, 2017
from 1-4 PM
Intracoastal Park Club House, 2240 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL
Music, Prizes and Surprises! Italian Party Buffet with favorites like Sicilian pizza, antipasto, sausage & peppers, pastas, meatballs, etc. catering by “The Boys”
Chairs: Joan Nova (joan@joannova.com or 561-637-6937) and Sally Valenti (561.596.6730 or gramv8@aol.com)

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January 29, 2017
Gastronomia Pugliese

Café Sapori
205 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Chairs: Rose DeAngelis (rosedea@yahoo.com or 561-278-6220) & Regina Peters (regina@reginapeters.com or 954-254-3598)

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January 13, 2017 (Friday) at 6 pm.
Sons of Italy in America – William A. Dimitri, Jr. Lodge #2880
Recognition Dinner
Purpose: Benefit Dimitri Lodge Scholarships
Royal Fiesta
Cove Plaza Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL

William A. Dimitri, Jr. Lodge #2880 will honor the following individuals for their contribution to the Italian Community.

  • Florida State Senator Maria Loris-Sachs
  • Broward County Commissioner Chip Lamarca
  • Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher
  • Antonio Piraino, Owner of Oggi Italia Newspaper

December 18, 2016
Natale in Famiglia/ Christmas Luncheon

Boca West Country Club
Chairs: Loretta Jungreis (windkeybw@comcast.net or 561-477-8580) and Joan Nova (joan@joannova.com or 561-637-6937)

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November 18
2016 Italian Golf Open

Golfino and Il Circolo present
2016 Italian Open • 18 Hole Tournament
Friday, November 18, 2016 (1:00 to 5:00 pm) At The Raymond Floyd Par 3 Course 2345 South Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Contact Debi Rodi at debirodi@aol.com or 224-279-5920

November 13, 2016
Italian Music Event
Puccini’s Opera, “Gianni Schicchi”

Palm Beach Atlantic University – Helen Persson Auditorium in Vera Lea Rinker Hall
Chair Person: Lloyd Mims, Contact: Sally Valenti 561-736-6780

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October 26th, 2016 (Wednesday) – 7:30-9:00 pm
FAU – Four Nations, Four Hands Concert

Pleases join FAU’s Program in Italian Studies, as we honor thirty years of cooperation with Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches with a musical tribute. Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus (In the Ely Meyerson Continuing Education Hall)

With special thanks to FAU’s Life Long Learning Society for making this event possible in its beautiful Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium and for returning some of the concert proceeds to our Italian Studies Program.

October 23, 2016
Welcome Back Luncheon

Benvenuto’s | 1730 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Chairs: Emilio & Suzanne Petti

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October 17, 2016 | 4-6 pm
Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

The Breakers – Gold Room
Entertainment : Salina, Palm Beach Opera and Deantonis (WWW.SOTA.ORG)


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October 9, 2016
Italian Heritage Month Celebration

Palermo’s Bakery
Forum Shoppes, 140 North Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
Chair: Sally Valenti

March 6, 2016
2016 Il Circolo Gala

Nearly 300 guests gathered on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at The Breakers, Palm Beach, for Il Circolo ‘s annual gala. The Italian Cultural Society commemorated its 40th anniversary. It was founded in Palm Beach in 1976 by Father Nicholas Maestrini.

Prior to the dinner, guests mingled alongside the fountain in the Mediterranean Courtyard while enjoying cocktails and a vast array of Italian antipasti. Inside, the Mediterranean Ballroom tables were beautifully appointed with lush lemon-filled centerpieces highlighting the “An Evening in Capri” theme alternating with tables that featured modern glass-and-candle centerpieces. Throughout the evening guests were entertained by the musical styling of Gino De Marco and his band.

From left: 2015 honoree Joseph V. Del Raso, 2016 honoree John M. Viola, 2016 gala chairwoman Antoinette Vigilante and Pamela Fiori 2016 Woman of the Year honoree.

Pamela Fiori was honored as Woman of the Year for her dedication to, and knowledge of, Italian culture, including the contributions she has made as the author of books, such as In the Spirit of Capri and An Evening at Le Cirque, which she co-authored with restaurant legend Sirio Maccioni. She is a recognized authority on luxury travel and lifestyle, as well as the former editor-in-chief of Town & Country and Travel & Leisure. Her award was presented by honorary gala co-chairs Roberto Faraone Mennella and Amedeo Scognamiglio, of the famous jewelry company that originated in Capri, Faraone Mennella.

John M. Viola was recognized with the Distinguished Leadership Award for his outstanding vision as President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), the largest nonprofit organization in the country dedicated to the promotion of Italian and Italian American culture throughout the United States.

Sally Valenti, Il Circolo’s executive vice president, remarked, “This was one of the most beautiful events Il Circolo has ever had and the turnout served as a testimony to the strength and growth of our organization, both within Palm Beach and beyond.” Mrs. Valenti was recognized during the gala for over 30 years of dedicated volunteer service to Il Circolo by President Paul Finizio who also recognized the organization’s longest serving board member, Virginia Longo, one of the original founding members assisting Father Maestrini in starting the Il Circolo organization.

The gala was organized by 2016 chairwoman Antoinette Vigilante, a Palm Beach-based philanthropist, Il Circolo’s Director of Development Debi Rodi, marketing consultant Jenifer Mangione Vogt, nonprofit consultant Marie Silvani, and Joy Miltenberger, silent auction chairwoman, along with Il Circolo’s board of directors and members and students from Florida Atlantic University.

Ms. Vigilante said, “We are grateful to Mrs. Fiori and Faraone Menella for their contributions in terms of both style and enthusiasm as well as to Mr. Viola and NIAF. Their participation helped us to make this one of Il Circolo’s most well-attended galas in the organization’s forty-year history. Our organization’s greatest strength is in the passion we all share for our Italian heritage. I know we will continue to build on this year’s success and that the best is yet to come.”

2015 Il Circolo Gala

Il Circolo’s annual gala was held at The Breakers in Palm Beach and honored Florida State Senator, the honorable Maria Sachs. 

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Il Circolo (Mailing Address)
P.O. Box 2166
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Marie Silvani, Administrator
Phone: 561-371-4517