About Us

The Coalition of Italian American Organizations of Delaware County (CIAO Delco) is comprised of eight Italian American organizations in the Delaware Valley. Through its member organizations, CIAO Delco supports a variety of scholarship and memorial programs focused on promoting Italian American Heritage and local community non-profit organizations throughout the region. The annual festival on the first Sunday of June at Rose Tree Park — a fun family day highlighting Italian culture in the United States — is produced in partnership with Eventfully Yours, Int. and is the primary initiative of the organization.  For a list of community non-profits supported by festival proceeds: see supported charities

Our Mission: To maintain and preserve Italian heritage and culture and to promote humanitarian efforts by supporting benevolent and educational endeavors.

Membership Organizations:

  • Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco, Nicholas Rapagnani, President
  • Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delaware Valley, Angelo Mancini, President
  • Christopher Columbus Memorial Association, Joseph Stephano, President
  • Filitalia Delco, Paula Desanctis-Bonavitacola, President
  • Justinian Society of Delaware County, Carmalena Del Pizzo, Chancellor
  • Saint Anthony di Padova Society SWP, James Stigale, President
  • Societa Da Vinci, Ron Oronzio, Chairman
  • Sons & Daughters of Italy – Districy V, Joseph Finio, State Treasurer

Associate Members:

  • Widener University
  • Neumann University

Board Members:

  • Dr. Thomas Benedetti
  • Dr. Samuel Cimino
  • Dr. Jack Colombo
  • Cav. Anthony D’Alessandro
  • Gaetano DiPasquale
  • John Lacca