Festa di Natale

Dec 2 2017 - 6:00pm
Dec 2 2017 - 9:30pm


Cari amici we have been blessed with a very safe and prosperous past year. The
time of the year when we get together to celebrate our blessings and our heritage is fast
approaching. We have selected Saturday, 2 December 2017 to celebrate our annual Festa
di Natale (Christmas Gala). Again, Dominic DiGesualdo has offered his studio for this
event and we thank him for his generosity.

I do hope that most of us, if not all of us, can participate in this event. If you plan on
attending, do come a few minutes earlier to help out with set up and decorate and stick
around till the end to help clean up. In the end we all know that things do not happen by
magic and some elbow grease is always needed.
The other evening, at our dinner, someone asked what would the theme be and I
overheard someone say “Christmas”, which is true, and here are some changes to our

This year we have again selected SAFE PLACE for our charity partner. SAFE PLACE
provides a safe shelter for spouses and children that are abused and in imminent danger.
Because of the haste in which spouses are forced to depart their homes they are in need of
the very basic toiletry, purses, towels and other personal items. The ICA will collect these
items and deliver them to SAFE PLACE in addition to a monetary gift to be decided and
approved by the board.

During our Festa di Natale we will raffle any items that you, as a member, wish to
donate. Some items will be auctioned off. I personally have a nice home made liquor to
auction off.

The other very important change for this year is that we will, for the first time,
support the “BROWN SANTA” program. This program is under the auspices of the Travis
County Sheriff’s Office and is based on the collection and distribution of new toys to
underprivileged children, as well as delivering nonperishable food items along with the
toys. So, please remember to bring something for Brown Santa to the Christmas party, as