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Vincenza Russo

“If you were born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift.It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give—the ability to influence.”
― Shannon L. Alder, Inspirational Speaker

For the past 33 years the goal of perpetuating and fostering the Italian culture, language, and history has been my volunteer work, and a passion which has consumed my free time and thoughts. The other passion which is important to me is in helping to empower women. This has all been made possible for me through the Italian American Women’s Center, Inc. When I joined the Italian American Women’s Center, I knew that shaping this organization would make these objectives possible. In 1987 with the inception of IAWC I began as a member, was added to the board and quickly made the secretary of the organization. Not only was working as a volunteer enjoyable, but was happy to help in developing ideas for programs. These were talents which developed during my years of employment as an office/project manager for a busy educational department for 34 years. These programs are still provided today, as we meet for monthly meetings, go on local trips and hold a bi-monthly basis for the IAWC Book Club luncheon. These events consist of informative programs about Italian culture, music, art, literature. We’ve established programs introducing new or veteran women (and men) writers, artists, playwrights, actors, filmmakers, musicians, singers, teachers, and accomplished people in all fields of work. Over the years we have had large social engagements to bring the Italian American community together and our Annual “Festa della Donna,” for International Women’s Day of March 8 has become a huge success.
Along with the other nominees, I am honored to accept this award, and wish to thank all at Schneps Media for making it possible to present the Italian American Women’s Center, Inc., to inform everyone of our work, and of the dedication of all of our members.
“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa