U.S. Representative

Rosa DeLauro

Honorary Chair


and the


Italian American

Democratic Leadership Council


invite you to our


Italian American

Inaugural Celebration


honoring the Inauguration of

Joseph Biden as President

and Kamala Harris as Vice President



with special tributes to:



Entertainment, inspiration, and more!


Sunday, January 17, 2021

5 pm ET | 2 pm PT


Event is open to all. Advance registration is required.



You will receive a confirmation with an event link.

For any questions, please contact Chris Ingersoll at chris.ingersoll.iadlc@gmail.com




Past events

For a better America, and a brighter future
Italian Americans proudly support Joe Biden
Join us for a virtual fundraiser
with special guests

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
5:00 pm ET | 2:00 pm PT

Write in your donation amount. You will receive a confirmation with event link.

Capi $5,000 | Ospite $1,000 | Socio $500 | Famiglia $250 | Amici $100  | General Admission $50

Host Committee (in formation)
Co-chairs: John Calvelli, Marilyn DiGiacobbe, Wayne Rogers, Gerry Salemme

Steve Aiello, Peter Barca, Bob Blancato, Jeff Capaccio, Elizabeth Caputo, Linda Carlozzi, 
Rozanna Davis, Christina DeConcini, Mark Fabiani, Art Furia, Art Gajarsa, Angelo Genova, Matt Leonetti, Mike Marinello,
 Willy Meaux, Ben Palumbo,  Mike Perotto, AnneMarie Pisano, Ciro Poppiti, Tom Regnante, Aileen Riotto Sirey, 
Renato Romano Jim Rosapepe, Basil Russo, Betty Santangelo, Dominic Sposeto, Linda Stasi, 
Tom Sweeney, Jan Zarro, Florida Italian Americans for Biden/Harris, Minnesota Italian Americans for Biden/Harris, 
Texas Italian Americans for Biden/Harris 

To join the Host Committee call or text John Calvelli at 917-225-2948 or
Marilyn DiGiacobbe at 609-226-0817.

Donations directly support the Biden Victory Fund. Checks may be made payable to the Biden Victory Fund and mailed to:

Italian American Democratic Leadership Council
55 11th Street NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20004

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

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and RI Governor Gina Raimondo

US Senators Pat Leahy and Joe Manchin


US Reps Suzan DelBene, John Garamendi, Rosa DeLauro, David Cicilline, Tom Suozzi, Joe Morelle, Mike Doyle, Darren Soto, Jimmy Panetta, Suzanne Bonamici, Anthony Brindisi, Frank Pallone, Mike Thompson, and Tim Ryan

Invite you to join 


Our Italian Festa


honoring Jill Giacoppa Biden

and our more than 170 Italian American Delegates

Thank you to our generous Host Committee!

Laborers' International Union of North America

Art Gajarsa, Joe Paolino, Capri Cafaro, Jim Rosapepe, and Brenda Rever

Senator Dennis DeConcini (Rtd.), Raffaele Romano, AnneMarie Pisano,
Patrick DeConcini, David DeConcini, Gene and Betsy Conti, Kimberly Khoury, Victor Fazio, Laura Coruzzi, Jeff Capaccio, Aileen Riotto Sirey, and John Calvelli

Benjamin Palumbo, Jeffry Guido, Marilyn DiGiacobbe, Janice Zarro, Vincent DeMarco, Len Lucchi, Gene Casagrande, Robert Gallo, Denise Deconcini, Anthony “Tony” Zagami, Mico Licastro, Angelo Genova, and Patricia Matrone

Chair $5,000 • Host $2,500 • Co-host $1,000 • Paison $500


Checks can be mailed to:



555 11th Street, NW, Suite 401

Washington, DC 20004

Any questions, email info@iadlc.org or call 202-712-4646

2016 Democratic National Convention Reception


Festa Italiana 

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

Click here to see the rest of our photos on our Facebook page.

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 

Click here to to see the rest of the pictures on our facebook page!

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

Click here to see the rest of our photos on our Facebook page.

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

Click here to see the rest of our photos on our Facebook page.
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.

Visit our Facebook page to see the rest of the photos from the reception!