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Buon Giorno Friends of Isola delle Femmine,

As you know the Covid-19 Delta variant has advanced throughout the nation and many venues have closed and events have been postponed.

For that reason and to prevent any of our guests from being at risk, our “That’s Italian” Dinner Show event scheduled for October 2nd of this year, to be held at the Colombo Club in Oakland will again be POSTP0NED. We are looking at having the event in the first quarter of next year.

This decision has been a long and difficult one for the Board of FOI to make. We were so excited and ready to have a wonderful time together, our menu was set and ordered, the entertainers have been rehearsing a fantastic show which included a few great surprises. We have SOLD over 125 tickets with paid attendees signed up and ready and anxious to attend.

This lasts surge was not anticipated but given the present rates your Executive Board as well as the Colombo Club has decided to postpone the event until the virus is better controlled and everyone will feel safe to attend and celebrate our cultural heritage together.

We hope you will remain committed to our event as an attendee until we will confirm the new date. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at “That’s Italian” Dinner Show event in 2022.

FOI is in communication with the Mayor of Isola delle Femmine. He and his entourage may join us, providing international travel will open up again.

Important information: We will hold the drawing for our fabulous Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa Vacation on October 2. It will be a live streaming event on Facebook and YouTube. In addition to the drawing for the Mexico trip, the live streaming event with the FOI Board that will include Cooking, Entertainment and lots more FOI information. More details to follow on our website.

Thank you for your understanding and your support. Please go to our website; for updated information.

And if you have any inquiries, please email us at

The Executive Board-Friends of Isola delle Femmine


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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 & Secretary

Executive Board

Vincent M. Malfitano, D.M.D.

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

Cyril Bonanno
Membership Advisor

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”