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"Dear Friends of the Italian Heritage Foundation,

This wonderful gift and your very kind, generous support of our Scholarship Program means the world to me, and is a tremendous blessing for Amanda, Dustin and Josette.  They are able to attend Hope Hall because of you, and they are making you proud!  I am deeply grateful to each of you, and I conitnue to pray for you and your families every day.  May God's Peace, Light and Love fill you during this Holy Season and may God richly bless you every day of the new year!

Sister Diana Dolce

Hope Hall

December 19, 2016

2017 Gala flier Save The Date Less Info


Our Annual Scholarship Gala is going to be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 where we will be honoring Giovanni  LiDestri, President of LiDestri Foods.  Our Event Sponsor for the evening is Brown and Brown of New York, Inc.  For more information, or to purchase a ticket, please call our office at (585) 471-8686


Our Mission at the Italian Heritage Foundation is, “We give honor to our heritage by giving back to the community, removing barriers to education that young people face through scholarships and other programs.” Over the past ten (10) years, we have donated over $700,000 and helped 300+ students accomplish their academic goals. We are proud of our heritage and grateful for the opportunities that this community has provided us. We endeavor to share with this community the goodness which it has shared with us.

Our Scholarships have benefited Aquinas, Bishop Kearney, McQuaid, Our Lady of Mercy, St. John Bosco, Hope Hall and School of the Holy Childhood. We also support many other causes including Camp Italiano at Nazareth College.

The following are our 2016-2017 Scholarship Winners


Aquinas Dominic Chiarella
Aquinas Erica Knapp
Aquinas Ronin Ross
Aquinas Kristen Santiago
Aquinas Maggie Seidenberg
Aquinas Travasia Singletary
Aquinas Lauren Weir
Bishop Kearney Taya Boffa
Bishop Kearney Lejla Celik
Bishop Kearney Emila Cabrera
Bishop Kearney Autumn Denning
Bishop Kearney Jonathan Farron
Bishop Kearney Emily Marlin
Bishop Kearney Emily Phelan
Bishop Kearney Christian Peitrantoni
McQuaid Paolo Blanchi
McQuaid Vincenzo Capezzuto
McQuaid Mike D'Amico
McQuaid Sam D'Amico
Our Lady of Mercy Lauren Caines
Our Lady of Mercy Olivia Evangelista
Our Lady of Mercy Laura Ferris
Our Lady of Mercy Taylor Liberti
Our Lady of Mercy Cecilia Stocum
Hope Hall Amanda Lombardo
Hope Hall Dustin Bertolino
Hope Hall Josette Haddad
St. John Bosco Gabriel Calcagno
St. John Bosco John DeFord
St. John Bosco Thalia Dinneen
St. John Bosco Abigail Goetting
St. John Bosco Paris Guest
St. John Bosco Paul McLaughlin
St. John Bosco Isiah Monte
St. John Bosco Brooke Walker
St. John Bosco ElizabethWieber
St. John Bosco Seraphim Wieber

2017 is soon approaching and with that brings another season of Fundraising Events for the Italian Heritage Foundation of Rochester.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 will be our Reverse Raffle at Midvale Country Club. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017 is our Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Gala at the Genesee Valley Club.

Monday, September 11, 2017 is our Annual Sam Urzetta Memorial Golf Tournament.


Save the dates.  For more information, please see one of our Board of Directors or call our office at (585) 471-8686 and speak with Yvonne Caternolo.

2013-14 IHF Scholarship Winners

The IHF gives honor to our heritage by giving back to the Greater Rochester, New York community through removing barriers to education. In 2015-2016, the IHF awarded scholarships to Aquinas, Bishop Kearney, Hope Hall, McQuaid, Our Lady of Mercy and St. John Bosco, totaling $85,000.00 , after reviewing more than 50 applications.

Become A “Friend”…Build A Future

Our “Friends” program is a community-wide initiative of the Italian Heritage Foundation. It is a unique opportunity to further broaden/enhance individual participation in a highly respected organization nearly a half-century in existence.

“We give honor to our heritage by giving back to the community, removing barriers to education that young people face through scholarships and other programs”. It is an opportunity for “Friends” to further our mission and join forces to continue giving students a chance to successfully complete their education.