Grazie!

“10 Years of Casa Belvedere”

Capital Campaign Donors

We are grateful for the generous support of donors like you and encourage you to take great pride in the difference your gift will make. Our supporters are helping Casa Belvedere reach its goal of completing the building’s restoration in the first half of 2021.

Imagine the transformation: space for language, art, music, carpentry, masonry, and joinery classes; open gallery space for permanent and rotating exhibits, concerts and plays; lecture space for school trips and historic house tours, and so much more. And YES, we will offer added amenities for our members such as additional weekend dining areas, including an outdoor terrace with stunning views; a cigar lounge/library; a conference room for meetings; and many other member-centric services.

Together we can get to the finish line and celebrate “10 Years of Casa Belvedere” with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony and other festivities!

Please click to view renderings here

Here’s what our members are saying:

“Today, Casa Belvedere is a place where people gather, exchange ideas, experience culture, build relationships, and create lifetime friendships. Casa Belvedere helps make our community a desirable place to live, work, socialize, and do business. And you just can’t beat the view, the grounds, the food and the service. For Joyce and I, it’s a comfort zone, a happy place where we love to be during tumultuous times (like now), and during ordinary times as well.

For this and many other reasons near and dear to my heart, Joyce and I have decided to contribute additional funds to jumpstart Casa Belvedere’s final stage of restoration: the two upper floors of the building. Our donation is designed as a 5-to-1 challenge: For every $5,000 donated, we will donate $1,000. This means that if other donors collectively pledge a total of $500,000, Joyce and I will donate $100,000. We’re proud to have played an integral role in this one-of-a-kind gem and vital part of our community. We hope you will join us in the joy of giving back. ” 
~Michael & Joyce Pucciarelli

“We find Casa Belvedere to be very warm and welcoming. It makes us think of family and friends, and also connects us back to our Italian heritage. Both of our grandparents were born in America, so there was very little Italian language spoken in our homes, and it was lost. Since coming to the Italian Cultural Foundation, we have been able to learn more for ourselves, which then gives us an opportunity to share information about our heritage with our children and grandchildren, something we didn’t have when we were growing up.”  
~John & Debbie Santora

“Casa Belvedere is truly a gem like no other on Staten Island. Not only is the place itself a jewel, but what it represents is so important. It sheds a positive light on our Italian-American heritage – how often is our heritage spotlighted in a positive way? Especially considering the year we’ve had, it’s a feel-good place that my wife and I always look forward to visiting. We fully support the non-profit’s mission to continue to preserve, promote and celebrate our history. I encourage all our fellow members to support the capital campaign to further bring to fruition the endless possibilities and joys the mansion can provide to the community and to our existing membership.”  
~Joseph & Elvira Ferrara

“From my perspective as an owner of a large construction company, I applaud the ongoing restoration of Casa Belvedere and those who are devotedly securing the funds and overseeing the process. Upon completion, this historic mansion will be repurposed into a magnificent place where we can come together with family and friends, and where Italian-American heritage can be celebrated in a variety of ways by future generations. Our family is happy to lend financial support to Casa Belvedere.”  
~Mike & Linda Randazzo

“The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is a hidden treasure that my family and I feel blessed to be part of. We became members in February of 2020 and it has been, by far, the highlight of our year. The owners, staff and fellow members have been top shelf and a pleasure to be around and break bread with as often as this year of restrictions permitted. We fully support the Foundation’s mission to preserve, promote and celebrate our Italian American heritage and encourage fellow members to support the capital campaign.”
~Frederico & Regina Cipriani and family

Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Imparato, Jr. $10,000
John & Debbie Santora $10,000

Mr. & Mrs. Cipriani $5,000
Denis M. Hughes & Palma Denino $5,000
Joseph & Elvira Ferrara $5,000
Dr. & Mrs. William B. Head $5,000
Frank & Jacqueline Isoldi $5,000
Frank & Danielle Naso $5,000
Mike & Linda Randazzo $5,000
Jacqueline & Dante Taddei $5,000

Paula & Richard V. Benigno $2,500
Mr. & Mrs. Al Gentile $2,500

Thomas C. Baxter, Jr. $1,000
Mr. & Mrs. Carl Campagna $1,000
Vivian Cardia $1,000
Mario & Barbara Giammarco $1,000
Robert Iommazzo $1,000
Louis & Alannah Leonini $1,000
Sondra Slipstein $1,000
The Venditto Family $1,000

Anonymous $500
Kathleen & Lou Barrella $500
Vincent & Elizabeth D’Antuono $500
Genevieve Grecco $500
Dr. & Mrs. Mercaldo $500
Mr. & Mrs. Ward $500

Mr. & Mrs. Castellana $200
AnneMarie Stilwell, MD $200

Mike & Joyce Pucciarelli match donation (to date)$14,000