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  • March 29, 2021 6:55 AM | Simona Fava (Administrator)

    National Organization of Italian American Women will feature

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    More information is available through Janet.  This book was released by Amazon on March 6.

  • December 02, 2020 1:52 PM | Simona Fava (Administrator)
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  • October 08, 2020 6:24 PM | Simona Fava (Administrator)

    Next Monday for Columbus Day, We The Italians will be streaming live on social media channels: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram to celebrate Cristoforo Colombo.

    Please enjoy the trailer of the documentary that will be part of our event  (if you need subtitles, please click on the settings icon and put the captions ON) 

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=937212953439460 



  • October 05, 2020 9:39 PM | Simona Fava (Administrator)


    We're excited to share this with you!

    Real estate is a second career for Antoinette, during the day, she's the Chief Customer Officer for Health First Colorado and the Child Health Plan Plus. She's one of 25 finalists in the 2020 CX Leader of the Year! The finalists were just announced here: https://www.mycustomer.com/customer-experience/engagement/cx-leader-of-the-year-2020-finalists-revealed.

    It's an international award! We're proud of her and her team!

  • May 06, 2020 6:45 PM | Simona Fava (Administrator)

    This year, due to COVID-19 and for the health and wellbeing of the community, the Festival Italiano is postponed.

  • December 04, 2019 8:44 AM | Simona Fava (Administrator)

    ITALIAN AMERICAN OF THE YEAR Nominations

    Susan Gurule

    I would like to nominate Susan Gurule for a Bravo award for her wonderful job in

    Chairing the Dante Alighieri October Heritage committee and coordinating all of the

    great events throughout the month. Susan personally attended all of the events and

    was amazing in keeping everything running perfectly. Susan has a long history of

    community volunteerism and participation. I am probably not qualified to name all of

    her accomplishments but she is a Past President for the Dante and has been a big part

    of their organization for many years. She was also a great asset to the Columbus Day

    Parade committee during my tenure as President. Susan was also nominated by

    several others.


    John Domenico

    John is the former long time owner of Federal Foods and Produce in north

    Denver. Now retired¨ John is a member of the Italians of America ®IOA© and the Our

    Lady of Mount Carmel Men’s Club. Every Friday morning during the school year¨ John

    heads out to the West Colfax viaduct at 6∫00 am regardless of rain¨ cold¨ snow or

    anything else¨ and volunteers for a local non profit called Food for Thought. From

    6≠8∫30 am he helps in the bagging¨ storing and distribution of 2700 bags of food that

    get delivered to low income school children every Friday in Denver. For many of these

    children¨ it is the only food they get all weekend and John is there every Friday

    morning to help. In addition¨ John volunteers all weekend at the Mount Carmel Bazaar

    in July¨ The St Rocco Feast in August¨ the Red Lion Run Car show in July¨ the monthly

    Prima Domenica’s at Mount Carmel¨ the IOA Rodders Ball in April¨ and other events

    that I can’t even remember right now.


    Dominic Losasso

    He served as President for the The Sons of Italy and the Colorado OSIA Grand Lodge.

    Supporting the Italian American community Dominic, a graphic designer, has donated

    many hours and talent to benefit the Andiamo! Colorados Italian community

    newspaper, IABA, Colorado’s Italian American Hall of Fame, Rocky Mountain Italian

    American Chamber of Commerce, and to the office of Vice Consul of Italy, in Colo and

    Wyoming. He was a member of the IABA and has helped with the annual awards

    design every year.


    ITALIAN AMERICAN VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Nominations

    Theda Archer

    These are her volunteer positions

    Jewels of Hope¨ Porter Hospice¨ Senior Resource Center¨ Soup for the Soul¨

    Mount St. Vincent Home¨ Children In Foster Care


    Ernie Marranzino

    Born and raised in north Denver¨ Ernie has been a fixture in the community for many

    years. Retired from the Denver Fire Department¨ Ernie has spent his life volunteering

    for worthy causes. His passion is for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as he has

    volunteered at the annual Bazaar for over 50 years¨ including setting up¨ tearing down¨

    and running the gaming booth. He has also chaired the annual bocce and golf

    tournaments for the church¨ worked the Prima Domenica’s¨ spaghetti dinners¨ and

    started the annual pasta fagioli ®fasool© dinner on Ash Wednesday at the church.¨ a

    tradition that is still going. Ernie is a member of the Mount Carmel Men’s Club¨ and the

    Order Son’s and Daughter’s of Italy Denver Lodge where he volunteers to work bingo

    during the week.


    Rita DeFrange

    When it comes to volunteering¨ I am not sure there is anyone who does more than

    Rita. She is currently the president of the Italians of America¨ the recording secretary

    for the Sons and Daughters of Italy Denver Lodge¨ a member of Mount Carmel’s Altar

    and Rosary¨ and the Fiori d’Italia¨ and previously with the Columbus Day Parade

    committee and committee for social justice. She was responsible for organizing¨ and

    also worked¨ the Red lion Run car show in July¨ and The Rodders Ball in April for the

    IOA¨ both events were a huge success that gave 100• of its net profits to charities¨

    such as Food For Thought¨ and Caruso Family Charities. She organized the first

    annual ladies bocce tournament for the Altar and Rosary Society to benefit Mount

    Carmel church¨ ran the pizza fritte booth for the Mount Carmel Bazaar in July¨ and the

    pizza fritte booth for the St Rocco Feast in August. Rita also volunteers to make

    baskets and gifts to give away at all of the events put on during the year. She

    volunteers at Prima Domenica¨ the children’s Christmas party¨ the Children’s

    Halloween party¨ the spaghetti dinners¨ Cibo¨ the general meetings every month¨ Food

    for Thought¨ Sister Michael’s house¨ St. Joseph’s Table¨ decorates the float for the St

    Patrick’s Day parade in Denver and the Carnation Parade in Wheat Ridge¨ and much

    more.


    Fred Marzano

    Born and raised in north Denver¨ Fred is the current president for the Sons and

    Daughters of Italy Denver Lodge in Wheat Ridge. Fred is a former railroad man

    working for the Rio Grande railroad in Denver for over 30 years. Now retired¨ Fred is

    also member of the Italians of America ®IOA©¨ the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Men’s

    Club¨ and the Fiorie D’Italia. Every Friday morning during the school year¨ Fred heads

    out to the West Colfax viaduct at 6∫00 am regardless of rain¨ cold¨ snow or anything

    else¨ and volunteers for a local non profit called Food for Thought. From 6≠8∫30 am he

    helps in the bagging¨ storing and distribution of 2700 bags of food that get delivered to

    low income school children every Friday in Denver. For many of these children¨ it is the

    only food they get all weekend and Fred is there every Friday morning to help.

    In addition¨ Fred volunteers all weekend at the Mount Carmel Bazaar in July¨ The St

    Rocco Feast in August¨ the Red Lion Run Car show in July¨ The IOA Rodders Ball in

    April¨ the monthly Prima Domenica’s at Mount Carmel¨ the Sons and Daughters of Italy

    car show that benefits Caruso Family Charities¨ the summer bocce league and the

    children’s Christmas party at the Denver Lodge. He organized the spaghetti dinner at

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church last January¨ and did one for the Denver Lodge in

    May. He also volunteered for the Bocce and golf tournaments for Mount Carmel

    Church and the Sons and Daughters of Italy lodge. He also runs bingo two days a

    week for the Denver Lodge. It appears that in retirement¨ Fred is busier than when he

    worked at the railroad.


    IABA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Nominations

    Vince Francescatti

    I would also like to nominate Vince Francescatti for a Bravo award. Vince is very visible

    for our organization and has had many testimonials from members singing his praises.

    His wife Dana is very nice too. Rich Sabell


    Dan Fratello¨ Cascade Solar Electric

    Dan Fratello is an expert in energy management and shares his expertise to help

    homeowners and businesses with their solar energy systems¨ LED lighting and

    electrical needs. Dan is a long standing member of IABA and has assisted many IABA

    members with their solar needs including a large project at Balistreri Vineyards.

    Whether a small homeowner install or a large commercial project¨ Dan and his staff

    provide stellar customer service from the initial contact throughout the entire job and

    beyond which is why most of his business is referral based. Dan handles all the

    energy savings and solar cost calculations that can be intimidating and explains it in

    terms the consumer can understand. His friendly demeanor¨ sincerity and passion for

    what he does is evident if youßve ever talked with Dan. He also has a fun sense of

    humor and always jokes that heßs the token Venetian in the IABA membership as he

    has yet to meet any other member with Venice roots. Dan and his company¨ Cascade

    Solar ¶ Electric¨ consistently demonstrate exemplary business practices which is why I

    would like to nominate them for the IABA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Award.

  • October 03, 2019 6:52 PM | Simona Fava (Administrator)

    Come to the October Member Meeting and grab a copy of the newspaper Andiamo! We have a full page a full page advertising with all the members listed.


  • September 17, 2019 9:01 PM | Simona Fava (Administrator)

    Join The Dante Alighieri Society in celebrating Italian Heritage Month this October.

    Festivities kickoff October 3rd at Spero Winery and continue all month long...

    Please see the attached flyer for all the fun events and details.

    Dante IHM 2019 Flyer HIGH (1).pdf


  • January 26, 2019 7:12 PM | Simona Fava (Administrator)

    From left to right: Tom Tancredo (Board Member), Anne Cucchi (Membership), Janet Lombardi (Vice President), Andrew Murano (President), Joannie Flynn (Membership), Simona Fava (Webmaster), Joy Lawrance (Secretary), Ann Bosso Johnson (Treasurer).

    Click here to read more

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