NIAF Supports #AmericaLovesVenice in Response to Venice Flooding

Nov 26, 2019 1022

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announces its support of #AmericaLovesVenice, a fundraising initiative to aid Venice’s recovery from recent flooding, organized by the Embassy of Italy and Save Venice, an American nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice. 

From November 12-17, Venice experienced the second worst flood in its recorded history. More than 85 percent of the city flooded, causing immense damage to its cultural and historical heritage and its businesses. “On behalf of NIAF, we look forward to working closely with the Embassy of Italy and Save Venice to raise awareness and encourage financial support in the wake of this devastating flood,” said NIAF Board Chair Patricia de Stacy Harrison.

“The Foundation is calling on the Italian American community and all those who recognize the city’s irreplaceable contributions to art, culture, heritage and history to donate and support Venice’s recovery.” NIAF Board Chair Gabriel A. Battista said, “Venice is a cultural landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Raising awareness and funding for Venice aligns with NIAF’s mission to promote, protect and preserve Italian American heritage and to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Italy. Over the years, the Foundation has fundraised millions of dollars in earthquake relief and church restoration projects in Italy because we know the importance of preserving history and culture for generations to come.”

Chairs Battista and Harrison working with NIAF Vice Chair of Cultural Affairs Anita Bevacqua McBride, Vice Chair International John F. Calvelli and Chairman NIAF Italia Joseph V. Del Raso, will coordinate efforts with Ambassador Armando Varricchio and the Embassy of Italy. Save Venice has activated an Immediate Response Fund for the artistic patrimony of Venice. Donations are accepted at by selecting the Immediate Response Fund.

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