May 2021
IMPORTANT: Please keep the foundation updated with current contact information 
for you and your spouse, including email addresses and cell phones. 
To provide updates, call 718-273-7660 or email. 
Pandemic restrictions are easing, and you may be happily planning outings and vacations for the coming months. We encourage you to take advantage of your free ClubCorp benefits, which are part of your membership with the Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. 

These benefits open the doors to hundreds of private clubs and provide special services and amenities at overnight and entertainment venues. You will be warmly welcomed at many exclusive private country clubs, golf clubs, and private dining clubs, as well as special venues like the Culinary Institute of America, Emeril’s, Napa Valley experiences, Orient Express Hotels and Trains and more. Click here to read the spring 2021 issue of ClubLife magazine. 
Casa members and their guests may enjoy two (2) rounds of golf and two separate dining reservations at each participating club every month. ClubLine concierges also assist with rental and town car services, arranging visits to theme parks and sporting/athletic clubs.      
Start your planning at Hover over XLife Benefits, then click on Citi Club Members in the drop-down menu. Or for the easiest way to get details, call the ClubLine at 1-800-433-5079 and speak with a concierge. 

In addition to ClubCorp, our foundation has established reciprocal agreements with a long list of other clubs. The list was included in your welcome packet and is also available by clicking here. 
Making Progress... 
We are making progress on the restoration and transformation of the upper levels. On the second floor, the floor joists were sistered for added strength. The floor is being leveled to handle the added weight capacity, and the subfloor is being installed across the second floor. 

We are so grateful for the very generous donations of Anthony & Carlo Seneca of C&A Seneca Construction. They are providing much-needed skilled labor and project management for our final phase of a decade-long project: the second and third floors’ build out. 

Upon completion, the second floor will be available for members-only additional dining options, including the second floor Terrace (with amazing views), use of conference rooms, and space for members to host large or small special events (dubbed Casa Belvedere’s Night Job.) For a tour of the work in progress, please email 
James Paone at or call 718-273-7660.  
2nd Floor Terrace View
Note: The third floor, named “The Sky Lounge,” will be a VIP private lounge and meeting space reserved for major donors with exclusive, keyed access. If you are interested in finding out more about the Ambassador Circle and Legacy Builders Circle, VIP membership & Sky Lounge, please email
Guardians of Culture and of Casa Belvedere, We Need Your Help! 
Members, you are the Guardians of the first-ever Italian Cultural Center in Staten Island. And you are the guardians of our historically significant building. We need your help to complete our last phase of a decade-long restoration and transformation project.  
Please join fellow members who have generously donated to the capital campaign and brought us to the halfway mark of our $600,000 goal. Make a tax-deductible donation to our Celebrating 10 Years of Casa Belvedere capital campaign today! 
Grounds Beautification 
Spring Planting
Eric and volunteers, Maria and Angela, planted begonias in the front lawn.

We also planted grapevines adjacent to Nonno's Garden and are planning to plant fig trees in this area as well.
Nonno’s Garden 
Casa Belvedere's green-thumb volunteers have returned to Nonno's Garden, eager to start working in the enlarged, newly tiered beds. Click here to learn more about the history of Nonno's Garden. 
Casa News
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is the proud sponsor of a new Italian flag that will fly on Father Capodanno Boulevard in South Beach, near Sand Lane. This is part of the new International Flag Program presented by the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation. The project spotlights Staten Island’s cultural diversity by flying the flags of countries represented by the island’s residents. It will be officially unveiled at a press conference on Flag Day, Monday, June 14. The Italian Cultural Foundation is proud to sponsor this symbol of recognition, honor and respect for our Italian heritage.  
Upcoming Programs at Casa
Click here to register for upcoming cooking classes. Kids will be making mini cheese rice balls and ricotta cannoli! 
Learn about “Festa della Repubblica”: How Italy Became a Republic on Tuesday, June 1 at 7 pm. The program – free to our members – will be presented by Francesco Ranci, an Italian researcher, professor and journalist. Click here to register.
Italy’s Jure Sanguinis – a “Blood Law” – gives you the legal right to inherit citizenship from your parents or grandparents, regardless of where you were born. Join us on Tuesday, June 8th at 7 pm to learn about the procedures that will lead to certification of your Italian citizenship or having your important life events recorded in Italy. Click here to register.
Join us on Tuesday, June 15 for an In-Person Opera Dinner: Serenades in Opera, Film & Song. The event from 6:30 to 10 pm includes fine outdoor dining, live entertainment, and a video presentation. The price for Casa members is $75 per person, tax and gratuities included. Click here for more details and to register before it sells out!  
Back by popular demand, “Writing the Italian in your Memories” is a virtual writing workshop. Click here to register for the June sessions. 
Casa Happenings
Casa Belvedere’s Blog - Our latest posts 
May 1st: Celebrating Festa del Lavoro – Italy’s version of 
Labor Day or May Day.
Naples: A not-to-miss city in Italy – Every trip to Italy should absolutely include Naples.  
Cooking Classes - look at all the fun they had! 
There was much interest in this year’s Bocce Leagues. 
We reached capacity very quickly! 
Belvedere Club Happenings 
Memorial Day BBQ
May 30, 2021

Please note this change: There is NO rain date for the Memorial Day Barbecue. If it rains, the BBQ party will move inside with the DJ and full spread of delicious food.

Call The Belvedere Club today to make your reservation for this Sunday's BBQ Event: 718.420.6040.
A reminder that The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations to the capital campaign are fully tax-deductible. Members' annual dues are separate from the capital campaign, but also a tax-deductible donation, earmarked to underwrite our myriad of arts and cultural program offerings. Members' Belvedere Club spends are separate from annual dues and capital campaign donations.