NEW: “Wise Women” to be Honored by Nat’l Organization of Italian American Women

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


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Rhode Island's Organization of Italian American Women honors four outstanding women.

"Four wise women" will be honored this month by the Rhode Island Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women, at its first annual Epiphany celebration at the Providence Biltmore Garden at 6pm. 

The honorees

The event will benefit NOIAW’s Scholarship and Cultural Exchange Programs for college students.  In following with the Epiphany tradition of celebrating the three wise men, this event will honor “four wise women”: Dr. Silvia Degli-Esposti, Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine, Women’s Medicine Collaborative; the Honorable Jeanne E. LaFazia, Chief Judge of the Rhode Island District Court; Lois Scialo Ellis and Carol Scialo Gaeta, Co-Owners of Scialo Bakery.

At the Epiphany celebration in New York in 2008, the late Geraldine Ferraro, a distinguished founding member, noted that “NOIAW takes great pride in recognizing the accomplishments of women who represent the best of our tradition."  In keeping with this tradition, the Rhode Island honorees were chosen for their outstanding achievement and dedication to their chosen professions. 

NOIAW: preserving Italian culture

The Rhode Island Region of NOIAW was launched in October of 2010.  The Region presents numerous events related to Italian cultural preservation including art, music, literature which are educational, but which also provide the opportunity to share Italian traditions and heritage.

NOIAW was founded in 1980 and is the only national organization for women of Italian ancestry.  Its mission is to preserve the Italian heritage, language and culture by promoting and supporting the advancements of women of Italian ancestry. The Epiphany celebration has been a NOIAW tradition for over twenty years.

For more information or to order tickets, please visit, or call 396-5438. 

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