Cultural Italian American Organization 144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240 Auburn, New York 13021
Cultural Italian American Organization144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240Auburn, New York 13021



CIAO is once again proud to be able to present two $500 scholarships in 2021 to area graduating seniors. Applications and information are available in your high school guidance office or can be downloaded at the link below. Scholarship deadline is May 14, 2021.


Scholarship Application 2021
CIAO Application 2021 form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [111.6 KB]


Prior year winning essays can be found on our Scholarship page, linked here




The date of the next meeting will be determined at a later date


Membership Information here


Most recent newsletter available here


Membership Dues

Annual dues are payable in January every year. Dues are as follows:


Individual - $25.00

Couple - $40.00


 Please keep your membershp current and mail a check to:



144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240

Auburn, New York 13021




CIAO spreads holiday cheer! Earlier this week, Dr. John Ryan coordinated the delivery of Panettone to all Nursing Stations at Auburn Community Hospital. Thank you to all frontline workers from CIAO! Buon Natale! CIAO members were met at the door to hand off the holiday packages for delivery to nursing stations in the hospital.


Pictured are Pam Harvey, Dr. Ryan and Paolo Saltarello preparing the panettone for delivery, with photography and additional help by Anna Saltarello. Delivery to the hospital included Dr. Ryan, Paul Saltarello, Tony Gucciardi and photographer Felix Mucedola.




October 12, 2020


The Cultural Italian American Organization held a flag raising ceremony at the Christopher Columbus monument in Auburn. The Stars and Stripes was raised to “The Star Spangled Banner,” as the Tricolor flag was also raised to the Italian national hymn, “Fratelli d’Italia.”


As in many cities of the USA, many Italian organizations commemorate Columbus Day with events such as CIAO’s annual Testimonial Dinner, at which we honor a local person for their dedication to the betterment of the community. Due to these difficult times during the pandemic, CIAO postponed this event until 2021.


The flag raising took place by the Christopher Columbus monument erected in 1992 by the St. Francis Parish in Auburn, honoring the early Italian immigrants who settled in Auburn.


Participants were Tony Gucciardi, Vito Charella, Dick Paulino, Paul Saltarello, Paul Vitale, and Tony Tesoro.



CIAO Cuccina Crew was busy this summer with several events. On July 31 and August 28, we made CIAO's traditional pizza fritte for the children who attended the summer camp at Booker T. Washington in Auburn. 




We also once again helped the Old Erie Canal Heritage Park, located on the New York State Thruway, with their fundraiser on September 3, by again making and selling our traditional Pizza Fritte; all net proceeds were given to the park.


Petition to keep the

Columbus Monument in Syracuse, NY


The link below will take you to a page where you can sign a petition to keep the Columbus Monument in Syracuse. New York. 


Pettition to Keep Columbus Monument in Syracuse, NY


2020 CIAO Scholarship winners


Due to donations received at the free Pasta Dinner recently held, CIAO was able to fund three scholarships this year; typically we award two. 


Congratulations to this year's scholarship winners, Tyburn Academy senior Elisa Faiola, Auburn High School senior Caroline Netti, and Union Springs High School senior Zachary DeCaro. They were each presented with a $500 check from CIAO. To read their winning essays, visit the Scholarship Info page. 






Left to right: Recipients Elisa Faiola, Caroline Netti and Zachary DeCaro receive their awards from CIAO scholarship committe members Arlene Ryan, Tony Gucciardi and Mary Ann Mucedola. 


"Pizza Fritte" stand - Rosalie's Cuccina parking lot

Memorial Day weekend


Thank you for you support!



CIAO Gives Back to the Community





FOR 2020



Another successful Pasta and Game Night! 

Wonderful food and friendship at our annual Pasta and Game Night!


Congratulations to SIxth Annual Christopher Columbus

Recognition Dinner Honoree

Melina Carnicelli

"C.I.A.O.", the Cultural Italian American Organization, was formed to promote and enhance Italian American Heritage and Culture in Cayuga County, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York state.C.I.A.O.'s motto is culture and caritas (charity) and to recognize Italian American achievements in our community.


We have grown and hosted several successful events since our first official meeting in June, 2014. We will continue to host different traditional events during the year ahead, and invite you to join our group!



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