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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation Approved for a $150,000 Matching Grant From Richmond County Savings Foundation

Deadline nearing for gifts to be matched to help restore and convert
the historic Stirn Mansion to an Italian Cultural Center

Staten Island, N.Y., Tuesday, December 9, 2009 – Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation was recently informed that Richmond County Savings Foundation has accepted its application for a $150,000 Matching Signature Grant.  An official press announcement will be held at 79 Howard Avenue on Monday, December 14 at 11:30 a.m. Key Foundation directors and staff members as well as other Casa Belvedere supporters will be in attendance.

“We are extremely delighted to have been approved for this important grant” said Gina Biancardi-Rammairone, the organization’s founder.  “Casa Belvedere is housed in a century old, historically significant, mansion that is in need of restoration, renovation and modern-day utility upgrades.  Additionally, in order to make it suitable as a public community center, many fire and safety standards, as well as handicap accessibility standards, need to be met.  This Richmond County Savings Foundation Matching Grant in support of project Accessibilità will go a long way to help Casa Belvedere comply with New York City Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation, is a New York City based 501(c) (3) that seeks to preserve and promote an appreciation of Italian language, arts, literature, history, fashion, cuisine, and commerce while also celebrating the Italian heritage and the contributions of Italians and Italian-Americans to the fabric of the United States.

Through innovative programs, exhibits, and events, Casa Belvedere seeks to highlight the many positive contributions of Italians and Italian-American, foster a deeper understanding of heritage and culture and ensure that the Italian language, traditions, holidays, feasts and family values stay alive.

Thanks to the generosity of Staten Island residents Gina Biancardi-Rammairone and Luciano Rammairone, Casa Belvedere is headquartered in a beautiful landmark Italianate mansion that sits on nearly three acres atop Grymes Hill and boasts spectacular views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the New York City Harbor.

RCSF is committed to supporting projects that enhance the quality of life in the communities served by the Foundation. In this regard, RCSF focuses on supporting charitable organizations whose programs and services advance educational opportunity and enrich cultural development.  Organizations are invited to submit Signature Project requests by invitation only.

All are encouraged to help Casa Belvedere open its doors to the public by Fall of 2011. With the matching support of the Staten Island Community, Casa Belvedere can begin its “Accessibilita” project and be well on its way to meeting public facility standards. Online donations are accepted at www.casa-belvedere.org.  Visitors can also subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates and to learn about upcoming events and programs.

The December 31, 2009 deadline is nearing for individuals to double the size and impact of their gift.  For more information please call 718-273-7660 or e-mail info@casa-belvedere.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation To Launch “Parliamo Italiano” Language Program

Local Italian Language Instructors Encouraged to Apply

Staten Island, N.Y., November 9, 2009– Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation, Inc. located at 79 Howard Avenue is seeking area Italian language teachers to serve as instructors for their Italian Language Program.  Spring classes for this ongoing program are slated to run from February to May 2010 and resume in the fall.

Since the Italian Language Studies Program – “Parliamo Italiano” – will be the cornerstone of this newly-minted arts and cultural center, interested instructors must be enthusiastic, possess a keen interest in teaching communicative, learner-centered, Italian language and culture courses and be willing to develop entrepreneurial skills.

For more information please contact:

Louis Calvelli, Executive Director
Tel: 718-273-7660
E-Mail: lcalvelli@casa-belvedere.org

Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation, is a New York City based 501(c) (3) that seeks to preserve and promote an appreciation of Italian language, arts, literature, history, fashion, cuisine, and commerce while also celebrating the Italian heritage and the contributions of Italians and Italian-Americans to the fabric of the United States.

Through innovative programs, exhibits, and events, Casa Belvedere seeks to highlight the many positive contributions of Italians and Italian-American, foster a deeper understanding of heritage and culture and ensure that the Italian language, traditions, holidays, feasts and family values stay alive

Thanks to the generosity of Staten Island residents Gina Biancardi-Rammairone and Luciano Rammairone, Casa Belvedere is headquartered in a beautiful landmark Italianate mansion that sits on nearly three acres atop Grymes Hill and boasts spectacular views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the New York City Harbor.

Casa Belvedere plans to officially open its doors to the restored mansion in September of 2011. Individuals are encouraged to visit the website – www.casa-belvedere.org – and subscribe to the mailing list for updates and to learn about upcoming events and programs.

 


 

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