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




Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 7:00 pm

Father Nacca Hall, 303 Clark Street

Auburn, NY


Meetings are typically held the 

1st Wednesday of the month. 


Membership Information here

Most recent newsletter available here


CIAO Scholarship information has been

provided to area guidance offices


Questions? Email

or use the Contact link.


Membership Dues 

Annual membership dues are $25/person, $40 couple. Please mail your check payable to CIAO to 144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240, Auburn, NY 13021.



Buon Natale 2023 Sing Along!


Christopher Columbus Dinner 2023 Honorees







Congratulations to  this year's Christopher Columbus honorees, Dr. Rama Godishala and Dr. Patrick Buttarazzi, posthumously.

Congratulations to 2023 Bocce champs

Long Shots!

Marcia Alissandrello,Martha Conboy, 

Patti Nunno and Linda Vitale


2023 Scholarship Winners


The Cultural Italian American Organization of Cayuga County awarded seven scholarships to graduating seniors at the group's picnic June 19. Winners were MIchael Clark, 1st place, Abigail Carr, 2nd place, and Colin Musso, Sophie Pettigrass, Patrick Crawford, Mia D'Angelo and Schae Fitzgerald, runners-up.


CIAO has given a total of 27 scholarships since 2015, and its members are proud of their work giving back to the community. Pictured from left are CIAO scholarship committee members Tony Gucciardi, Matthew Crawford, Sophie Pettigrass, Shae Fitzgerald, Colin Musso, Michael Clark, Abigail Carr, Mia D'Angelo, and committee members Mary Ann Muceola and Arlene Ryan.


To read their essays, click here.


PASTA MAKING NIGHT - March 20, 2023

About 30 members enjoyed an evening of learning, making and eating pasta, under the leadership of CIAO member and Executive Chef Filippo DePaolo. The evening was a great success!

Carosello Italiano

Every Sunday from 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, tune in to WDWN 89.1 FM or 99.7 on the radio, or visit to stream live audio of Host Paolo Saltarello as he offers a variety of Italian American melodies and classic American songs in Italian.


The program also includes sharing information on Italian culture, including historical stories of Italian American pioneers to present day stories of men and women in political life, industry, the financial market and more. Call in number during the show is 315-253-0449.




"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!


We are also on Facebook; Like our page below for updates.



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