Preserving Our Italian Heritage

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“To preserve, protect, and promote the Italian-Sicilian cultural heritage among the descendants, immigrants, citizens and friends of Isola delle Femmine, Sicily and around the world.”

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Where did 2023 go? Looking back at 2023 it was a very productive year. Two Royal High Tea’s “Italian Style”, one in Monterey and the other in Pittsburg with rave reviews. Both VERY successful.

The planning of the upcoming High Tea’s are in the works. The title of these High Tea’s are “Masquerade” High Tea Italian Style, with singing waiters, fantastic entertainment, and exquisite Sicilian cuisine. Monterey High Tea will be in Saturday April 6 and in Pittsburg Sunday May 5th. Don’t miss them, tickets go on sale soon. I can hardly wait to see what Mary Coniglio and Roselyn Malfitano have in store for all attendees.

Another $6,000 in scholarships were again awarded to 6 recipients at our annual FOI Scholarship Picnic held in Martinez and organized by the Martinez Chapter headed by Mike Inzerillo and volunteers. They did a fantastic job.

FOI online Scholarship Application and requirements are on this website. Deadline is April 15, 2024. Accepting applications February 1, 2024.

Coming in 2024, we are planning a FOI Five Year Anniversary Gala celebration. And in the fashion of how FOI events have been in the past this celebration will be spectacular. Stay tuned.

We are also planning more cultural heritage events to celebrate our Sicilian American roots, more information on up coming events in the next newsletter issues.

We are holding firm at 200 members. Thank you all for your support. Watch for your membership renewal invoices coming in January.

Thank you all for a blessed 2023 and in 2024 the FOI organization will again strive to make you proud of your heritage.

Ciao tutti!




Our non-profit organization will promote our American Italian-Sicilian culture through a cultural student exchange program, by advancing higher education to Italian-Americans college bound students via scholarships, developing a professional group study exchange program, and assisting the current California sister cities of Pittsburg, Monterey, and Martinez in cultivating their relationships with Isola delle Femmine, Sicily for the preservation of our cultural heritage.

Governing Board

Vincent S. DiMaggio
1992 Founder & Chairman

Frank B. Bruno
1992 Founder & President

Mary Pappas Coniglio
1992 Vice President

Executive Board

Vincent M. Malfitano, D.M.D.

Danielle Pellegrini

Salvatore N. Coniglio
Liaison to Isola delle Femmine

Albert D. Seeno Jr.
Advisor & Business Consultant

Vincent S. Ferrante
Historian & Liaison Pittsburg,
Martinez & Monterey

Alexander A. Grillo Ph.D.
Historian & Researcher

Chapter Member Directors

Wolfgang Croskey
Pittsburg Chapter Director

Vincent M. Malfitano D.M.D.
Monterey Chapter Director

Mike Inzerillo
Martinez Chapter Director

Isola delle Femmine Committee
Pittsburg-Isola Friends Forever Committee
(In Isola)
Antonino Scala

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Growing up in the areas of Pittsburg and Monterey in the mid to late 40’s and hanging around the water fronts and the wharfs where the Sicilian fishermen mending their nets and attending many Sicilian dinners and events I listened to their stories and the talk of the “old country “. This gave me the awareness of our connections to the “old country” and the people. I always knew that something would be done officially one day. Who knew that I would be involved!
- Vincent S Di Maggio

Co-Founder “Friends of Isola delle Femmine Committee”