Past events

Join the launch of the IADLC's Women's Leadership Initiative

Join Susan Page, the author of Madam Speaker, on October 28th at 6 pm ET

March 30th, 2021: Virtual Fundraiser with US Rep. Tim Ryan

Join us for a virtual fundraiser
with US Rep. Tim Ryan!

Help us urge this proud Italian American 
to run for the US Senate in Ohio

January 17th, 2021 Italian American Presidential Inaugural Celebration

October 14th, 2020 Italian Americans for Biden/Harris Fundraiser


August 16th, 2020 Festa honoring Jill Giacoppa Biden and our Italian American Delegates 


Our Italian Festa


2016 Democratic National Convention Reception


Festa Italiana 

July 25, 2016 • Fratelli's Italian Bistro • Philadelphia

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Thank you to our generous host committee:

Chairs Art Gajarsa, Quicken Loans, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)

Hosts Dennis DeConcini, John & Chuck Porcari, Jim Rosapepe, Joe Fichera, Angelo Genova, Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca LLP, Fred Rotondaro, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)

Co-Hosts Joseph Paolino, Jr., Gene & Betsy Conti, Aileen Riotto Sirey, Renee Cafaro, Richard Fiesta, Marilyn DiGiacobbe, Benjamin Palumbo, Matthew Taverna, John Orlando

2014 Lunch with New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio

On November 19th, a small group of Italian-Americans joined the IADLC hosting Mayor Bill de Blasio in Washington. 

The Mayor spoke about his successes in New York City introducing mandatory Pre-K and promoting Democratic Values.  The IADLC has been a supporter of his campaign and administration since the beginning. 

Co-Chairs: Amalgamated Transit Union

Sponsors: Robert Blancato, Fred Rotondaro, Arthur Gajarsa, Jim Rosapepe 

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2013 Ethnic Day at the White House

A small group of Italian-Americans took part in a February 7th White House Forum with Ethnic American Leaders. 

President Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes, among senior National Security Council Staff, and staff from the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and the National Economic Council briefed around 100 ethnic American leaders on the Administration’s policies regarding immigration, healthcare, the economy, and foreign policy.

In addition to Italian Americans, Albanian, Arab, Armenian, Bosnian, Croatian, Greek, Irish, Hungarian, Macedonian, Polish, Serbian Sheikh, Syrian, Turkish, Ukrainian-Americans attended the Forum, among other ethnic leaders. The IADLC thanks the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for organizing this forum to engage in dialogue with all of these ethnic American communities.

2013 Reception Honoring Secretary Leon Panetta

On October 26th, the IADLC honored Secretary Panetta at the home of Tony Podesta. We named him "Italian American Democrat of the Year" and awarded him the first annual "Leon Panetta Statesman Award" for his life lifelong  dedication to our country, as well as his leadership in bringing Americans of diverse political backgrounds together to protect our security, our rights, and our environment. We were also joined by Arizona Attorney General Democratic hopeful, Felecia Rotellini, who discussed her upcoming race and our Vice Chair Jim Rosapepe highlighted the crucial upcoming House and Senate races for 2014.

Thank you to those who attended and supported the luncheon.

Co-Chairs: Sheet Metal Workers International Association

Sponsors: Robert Blancato, Capri Cafaro, John Calvelli, The Honorable Arthur Gajarsa, Angelo Genova, The Honorable Jim Oberstar,  John Podesta, Tony Podesta, Jim Rosapepe, and Alfred Rotondaro

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2013 Inaugural Reception
Jim Messina recevied the Machiavelli Award as the Italian American Democrat of the Year at the IADLC's Inaugural Celebration in Washington D.C.

We had about 200 people join us to celebrate the Inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Biden. We honored Jim Messina with the Machiavelli Award "for his visionary strategic leadership and exemplary implementation resulting in the decisive re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden."

Thanks to our sponsors:

Co-Chairs: Transportation Communications Union/IAM, National Education Association, and the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers

Vice-Chair: Sheet Metal Workers International Association

Sponsor: National Postal Mail Handlers Union


Press coverage of the event can be found
CiaoAmerica! and The Hill

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2012 Democratic National Convention Reception

In 2012 we co-hosted our reception honoring the Italian American delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF).

Jim Messina (Obama’s Campaign Manager), Congressman Bill Pascrell, Congressman Frank Pallone, New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and Wisconsin House Leader Peter Barca were all there to support the IADLC and to encourage us to mobilize Italian Americans this election season.
Jim Messina, Obama's Campaign Manager, encourages all Italian Americans to get out the vote for President Obama!                                                                                                                            
Jim Rosapepe (Vice Chair, IADLC), Bob Blancato (Chair, IADLC), and Jim Messina (Obama's Campaign Manager)
Italian American Democrats enjoying the convention reception.                                      Senator Capri Cafaro (OH) &  Wisconsin House Leader Peter Barca.

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