The 2015 Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa was once again a huge success! Thank you to all who attended, those who volunteered, and the committee members who worked so hard to ensure the festival would show the positive contributions of the Italian people in our great state.
Our festival would not be possible without the efforts of the members of three Iowa-based Italian organizations: The Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa, the Societa’ Vittoria Italiana (Vittoria Lodge) and the Society of Italian Americans. Proceeds from this year’s festival were used by these organizations to promote and preserve the Italian and Italian-American heritage in our communities, to fund scholarships for young Italian Americans, and to give back to the community through donations for worthy causes.
This year the festival made a donation of $4,000 to the Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS) of Iowa. In addition, visitors to this year’s festival donated a large amount of canned food donations and over $2,600 to the Food Bank of Iowa!
Planning for the 2016 festival, to be held July 29 & 30, 2016, is underway! We hope to see you all again next year!