L’Aquila Ahead: Italian Academy Foundation offers relief and shelter

The Italian Academy Foundation, Inc., whose Italian headquarters are in the province of L’Aquila, 19 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, announced that it directed funds through its facility in Bisegna for the accommodation of volunteer workers, for temporary use by victims of the earthquake and for the future housing of students and other volunteers who will work in the earthquake zone for restoration rebuilding efforts.

According to Hon. Vice Consul Stefano Acunto, IAF Chairman, the Italian government has recommended that assistance groups will now focus on the restoration efforts that will be needed for almost the entire province:

“Since we, by the grace of God, did not suffer other than small building losses, we are able to house individuals to work on the effort and to support the relief in phase one and the rebuilding and restoration in phase two. We are deeply gratified at the outpouring of generosity from Americans of every ethnic descent who have generously contributed funds to the effort.”

“We will use funds for rebuilding and restoration efforts require. As we have no administrative costs whatsoever, every penny of every donation will go directly toward the support of those suffering, those assisting them and those undertaking rebuilding and restoration work. We encourage individuals wishing to contribute to send contributions to The Italian Academy Foundation, Inc. Fund for L’Aquila, Box 9001, Mount Vernon, NY 10552.”

The Italian Academy Foundation, Inc., established in 1947, is a non-for profit corporation that pursues a unique form of cultural diplomacy, presenting Italian realities to U.S. audiences. The Italian Academy Foundation, Inc. produces concerts, symposia and special events year round throughout the United States and Italy, working with select international charities to use our events for fundraising and awareness efforts.

The Italian Academy Foundation maintains headquarters in Rome and in Bisegna, where programs for American students take place each year.


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