The Italian American Community Center will celebrate 25 years of serving the Rochester community with an evening of fun this Saturday, October 7 in Gates.
IACC President Frank Ciardi and Vice President Rob Cappuccio discussed the event and the mission of the center Friday during News 8 at Noon.
“It’s a great accomplishment for our organization,” Ciardi said of the 25 year milestone and planned celebration. “We’ll have the Monroe County Legislator there, Frank Allkofer, as well as Mark Assini. We’re being presented with an award for the last 25 years. We’ve done a lot of things over the last 25 years. We’re looking to celebrate it with a band. It’s on October 7 at six o’clock; anyone is welcome to come.”
Cappuccio explained the mission of the IACC and how it’s evolved over the last quarter century. “Twenty five years ago, the Italian-American community was trying to focus on an organization that would sustain the cultural identity of the Italian culture and heritage. What we’ve done from then on is try to build an organization that helps, not only our heritage continue, but also the community in-need. Our organization strives on nothing but making sure our community is addressed, our Italian heritage is extended, and we look to continue that for the next 25 years.”
Ciardi said the IACC has offered numerous programs for the community. “We’ve had Italian classes. We’ve opened up our center to religious events. We’ve had numerous festivals, and different types of organizations have used our facility to support their own non-for-profit organizations. We’ve really been a voice for the Italian-American community. We have a newsletter every week where we tell the Italian-American community in general what we’re doing. We’d like to continue that. We need younger members to come to the community center. We need a litany of things to help us continue to grow. If you’re looking for a place to have a non-for-profit event, or even an event for yourself, we’re the place to go. If you need a voice for the Italian-American community, come to us. We can put an article in the paper; we can do a number of things for you.”
Membership at the IACC is robust. “We have about four hundred members in our organization,” Cappuccio said. “We’re always looking to continue that and expand it. The organization won’t be a success over the next 25 years, without getting more members involved. I think one of our challenges is trying to get the younger generation involved. At the end of the day, we just need to make sure our message it out there. We’re really confident that people want to join our organization.”
If you want to learn more or get involved, it’s pretty easy. Dial (585) 594-8882, or click here.