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Our Foundation initially began as a fundraising effort to restore the sacristy of the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland in the early 1990s. Soon there after, we recognized the need to support other community organizations that embraced the advancement and preservation of Italian culture.

NOIA has given away over $2.5 million since our inception. We invite you to view our contributions here.

Below are the years and special guests/performers of our Foundation's Galas:

1995 – Frankie Avalon

1996 – Vic Damone

1997 – Al Martino

1999 – Tommy La Sorda & Sonny Geraci

2000 – Pat Cooper

2002 – Bobby Rydell

2003 – Antonette Tredanary and the Harry Hershey Orchestra

2004 – Tony Bennett

2005 – Frankie Avalon

2006 – Frankie Valli

2007 – Duprees

2008 – Patrizio Buonne

2009 – Deana Martin

2010 – Giada Valenti, Moreno Fruzzetti, Dominic Farinacci

2015 – Dominick Farinacci Ray Massa and Ashley Nemeh

Our members have volunteered for over 100 service projects over the years, including packing lunches at Cleveland Food Bank, preparing meals at The Ronald McDonald House, and gardening at the Italian Cultural Gardens of Cleveland. 

When the Foundation began in 1995, we started with 20 founding members.

In 1998, when the Foundation became a 501(c)(3), we grew to 26 trustees and 8 members. Today, our membership has 4 Lifetime Members, 24 Trustees, 139 General Members, 44 Intermediate members, 17 Associate Members and 8 Spousal Members. 

The Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your support is tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for advice.

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