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Milford House featured on Houston Wedding Venue Advice Article

Recently, The Milford House had the pleasure of collaborating with Houston Party Ride, a local luxury limousine company specializing in weddings. They compiled a list of advice from wedding venues all over the Houston metro. As a featured participant, The Milford House has been given a wonderful opportunity to offer our advice to couples who are debating on having their wedding reception at a residence opposed to a venue. As some of you can imagine, this can be harder than it seems!

We are thrilled to be part of this interesting piece! With all the different opinions shared by us and other wedding venues, I believe this is a great resource for any couples out there currently preparing for their union. Keep in mind that your wedding is a unique time and the memory of this day will last forever. Click the link below to access the article and check out our advice to couples who are debating on having their wedding reception at a residence opposed to a venue.

Houston Wedding Venue Advice; Tips To Choosing The Perfect Location

Newly elected ICCC Board members

Congratulations to our newly elected board memebers!

The Italian Cultural and Community Center warmly welcomes the following individuals to the 2018 Board of Directors:

Raluca Dalea is a finance professional with a background in equity research and corporate banking. She was born in Romania and has lived in the US since 1997 and in Houston for the past 10 years. She has always had an interest in Italian culture due to her Latin roots. In Houston, she has participated in various cultural experiences that the ICCC has offered and became a member to increase her support for the organization. She has a passion for volunteering and brings plenty of financial, planning and management experience to the board.

Gary W. DeSerio is a retired Texas licensed attorney with over 35 years of expertise. He previously served on the ICCC Board under President Quartarro and served as President in 2001 and 2002. He also served as Past-President in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He had a deep of understanding of the ICCC’s needs and plans to contribute to its continued success.

Bernard Marino has been a member of the Board of Directors for the past three years and served as Secretary in 2017. He has been involved with the ICCC in numerous ways, including sponsoring and managing the Italian Cookie Booth and the Houston Italian Festival for two years, working in various other booths over the past 12 years, and volunteering his time for ICCC activities. He is determined to advance, celebrate, and preserve Italian culture and heritage.

Mark G. Parenti is an Italian citizen and third generation Italian-American. His entire family are active members of the center, where they regularly attend language classes, volunteer in the language school for kids, and attend ICCC events. He is an attorney and practice appellate law in a firm with his wife. He has been involved in multiple leadership positions over the years, including in Boy Scout’s and his college alumni association. He has enjoyed connecting with his Italian roots and culture and is looking forward to giving back to the community and deepening his involvement with the ICCC.

Peter Scalzitti is the grandson of Italian immigrants who came to American in the early 1900s. He was raised in Houston and has been involved in all aspects of his family businesses for the past 20 years. He and his wife, Flavia, have been active members and volunteers with the ICCC in 2017 and enjoy travelling to Italy as often as possible to visit family and friends.

The full 2018 Board of Directors: (in alphabetical order)

  • Dolores Avioli
  • Gerry Barone
  • Livia Bornigia
  • John Marion Carrabba
  • Raluca Z. Dalea
  • Gary W. DeSerio
  • Margie DiPuma
  • Tracy Lalasz
  • Bernard Marino
  • Julie Mastroianni
  • Joanna Palasota
  • Frank S. Panebianco
  • Mark G. Parenti
  • Jo Ann T. Pinkerton
  • Tommaso De Poi
  • Peter Scalzitti

We will be announcing the newly elected officers following the December meeting. Stay tuned!

Season of Giving at the ICCC

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Mother Theresa

As we reach the end of another year, it is the time when many of us reflect both personally and fiscally. As you sit down to begin making your end-of-year gifts and distributions, please keep the Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) in mind so that we can continue to flourish and grow and share our mission to advance, celebrate and preserve Italian culture. The ICCC plays a vital role for Italians who want to try to stay connected with their roots to Italy; to Italian-Americans who want to remember their heritage and up-bringing; and to all others who want to experience and enjoy the long-history of Italian culture.

Please help us to continue to grow and to expand our programs and activities. We look forward to you being able to take part in one or more of our many upcoming events. Experience first-hand the pride we take in executing our mission. We look forward to seeing you at the Milford House for lectures, films, wine tastings, cooking classes, language classes for both adults and children, cultural enrichment classes, the monthly Italian Mass, and the annual Houston Italian Festival.

Please consider giving to the ICCC. There are many ways to do this. Because we are a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, charitable monetary gifts to the ICCC are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. IRS Publication 526 outlines what types of donations can be deducted and how to claim a deduction. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Your Annual Fund contribution provides you with the opportunity to secure the continued quality of our programming, staff and facility. Please remember that the Milford House has been the home of the ICCC since 1988. The Milford House will be 94 years old this year and contributions to the Annual Fund help us to maintain the property in the best fashion possible keeping in mind that the Milford House is in operation from 9 am until 9 pm or later most weekdays and is frequently used on the weekends, too. The House has witnessed its share of life’s passages: weddings, christenings, memorial services, debutante parties, birthdays, Board Installations and many other milestones. All our clubs, our language school, and a myriad of members and other constituents use it as their hub, the Houston headquarters for all things Italian.
  • In-kind donations are a terrific way to give. Does your company provide a service or a product that the ICCC needs? Check with our executive director to find the perfect pairing for your in-kind gift and our need.
  • Gift matching programs double the value of your donation. Please don’t wait to take advantage of your company’s gift matching program. If you work for many of the oil and gas companies and literally hundreds of other companies, don’t miss out on this terrific opportunity to have your donation count twice as much. This works for membership payments also. Please check with your employer if they offer a matching program, it only takes mere moments to sign up for these programs. Please don’t wait.
  • Volunteer Grants are supported by many companies. Please see if your company will match corporate dollars for volunteer hours spent by you working to help grow the ICCC.
  • AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization (ICCC) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to your favorite charitable organization. Whether you currently have an Amazon account or are opening a new account, visit AmazonSmile, follow the directions, and please make sure to select Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston as your designated charity.
  • Randall’s and Krogers both will give a percentage of your shopping dollars as a donation to the ICCC, if you sign up for their program. Every dollar helps us.

There are other ways that you can help the ICCC achieve its mission. Please attend our events and bring family and friends. You can purchase a sponsorship for either yourself or your company in La Voce. Honor a deceased loved one with a Mass Memorial. Sponsor a booth at next year’s Festa Italiana, the 40th Annual Houston Italian Festival. Underwrite a cultural program series of a series of Language School classes. Fund one our many scholarship programs. We need your help to keep growing and moving forward.

Thank you in advance for your donation and may all of you have a joyous and peaceful holiday season.

HHA Nonprofit of the Month

The Italian Cultural and Community Center is honored to be listed as the non-profit Community Partner of the Month by the Houston History Alliance for the month of October. You can view the announcement on the Houston History Alliance website. Grazie mille to the HHA for this honor!

Love and prayers to our ICCC family

Dear Members and Friends,

We hope that you, your families, and loved ones are safe and sound as Houston and the surrounding areas continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey. You have been and continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. If you have a moment, please reach out to let us know how you are doing.

Our hearts are aching for those who have lost their homes and belongings to floodwaters but we know that together we can overcome and persevere. The ICCC is a family that will continue to move forward as one.

With all the love we can send,
The Italian Cultural and Community Center

Italy Needs our Help

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, a large part of central Italy was struck by a devastating earthquake, claiming hundreds of lives and leaving survivors trapped under the rubble.

If you would like to help Italy, please click here for more information on what the ICCC is doing.

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