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




December meeting will be held on

Monday, December 2 at 7:00 PM 

Father Nacca Hall, Auburn

Membership Information here

November Newsletter available here



For a reservation form, click the menu or follow the link here

Reminder - reservations due by TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26

November presentation on "Bean Pickers" by author Karen Hempson
At our November 4 meeting, we had a presentation by Karen Hempson, a retired college professor of social studies education. Ms. Hempson spoke about her book Bean Pickers, American Immigrant Portraits. The book focuses on first and second-generation Italian American immigrants in upstate New York, and their journeys from hamlets in Italy to the hard times of the Great Depression and World War II. The lives of eight family members are portrayed in the book. For more information on the book visit Ms. Hempson’s website at

September presentation by

John DiPasquale, WSYR-TV meteorologist


John DiPasquale, who is the meteorologist at WSYR-TV in Syracuse, gave an informative presentation after a delicious dinner at our September 17 meeting. John spoke about his Italian background, and shared his experiences as a meteorologist at WSYR-TV and other TV stations. John was made an Honorary CIAO member at the conclusion of his presentation. He was extremely grateful for the warm reception and friendship he experienced at the meeting. As promised, he thanked CIAO on the Sunday, September 22 evening news and shared this group picture which was taken after his presentation. Grazie John, you are always welcome at CIAO events!




2019 CIAO Scholarship winners


Congratulations to this year's scholarship winners, Auburn High School students Ashley Reilly and Zachery Moore. They were each presented with a $500 check from CIAO. To read their winning essays, visit the Scholarship Info page. 

Memorial Day 2019

Pizza fritte - SOLD OUT!


Thank you to all that helped at our Memorial Day booth located in front of

Knights of Columbus #207 in downtown Auburn. These events allow

us to assist others and help us meet our goals of culturas and caritas. 


Thank you as always to CIAO member Kathy DeJoy Genkos

for chairing the event and the photos!


"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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