Community rallies around Casa Italia

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Casa Italia will be ready to hit the ground running once restrictions are lifted thanks to the generosity of the Italian-American community.

The Calabresi in America Organization got the ball rolling with a $100,000 donation to fund a host of improvements. Among them are new emergency and exit lighting throughout the property, new boilers in the Community and Cultural centers, and other renovations to the Community Center.

The rest of the community has rallied around the Casa by purchasing commemorative plaques for inclusion in a Hall of Honor in the Community Center. The plaques will be installed in the former Chandelier Room, which has been extensively remodeled and renamed as the Italian American Community Room.

Each $1,000 donation is rewarded with a 12-by-15-inch plaque containing an 8-by-10 photo and an inscription indicating who the donation is from and to whom it is dedicated. You can also dedicate one of the 40 dwarf Alberta spruces recently planted on the property for a donation of $1,000. Eighty plaques and nine trees had been sold at press time, with a targeted total of 220.

“Without a gala this year, these fundraisers are providing absolutely crucial sources of revenue,” Castanza says. “We’re so grateful for everyone’s support.”

For details on the plaques, click here.

For details on the trees, click, here.


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