Italian American Organizations in Colorado

Italians first started coming to Colorado as early as the 1850s. They came for many reasons but the majority — particularly later immigrants — came to improve their lives and the lives of their families. During the early part of the 20th century vast numbers of the Italian immigrants were impoverished and toiled at whatever occupation they could find — laborers, farmers, miners, and so on. Accustomed to the networks of fraternal and religious organizations of their homeland, they established new ones such as the Società Bersaglieri Principe di Napoli. These organizations were more than just regional or religious clubs, but were social and economic lifelines for the immigrants. They were places where they could communicate in Italian — particularly in their regional dialect — and where a helping hand would be extended in case of need. With no social security system in place in these early days these organizations also provided modest pension funds to assist their members. The tradition of the Italian American society lives today in Colorado though these societies tend to be more social or, in some cases, religious in nature.

In our listing of Organizations below select an organization by clicking the name. Each listing provides contact information and, when applicable, a link to the organization's web site where you can find more information about the organization and often archived newsletters.

Organizations

 

Fred Piazza, president
7320 Sorrel Ct, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Phone: 719-598-1499
Email: fpizzaman@comcast.net

Dennis Pretti, president
640 Grand View Circle, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: 970-263-4473
Email: dppretti@bresnan.net

Terry McGowan, President
Phone:  (303) 751-6595 (H)
Phone: (303) 918-4622 (M)
Email: terry.mcgowan@yahoo.com

Alisa Zahller, Associate Curator
Decorative and Fine Arts Department
History Colorado/Colorado Historical Society
Civic Center Plaza
1560 Broadway, Suite 400
Denver, Colorado 80202
Phone: 303-866-4687
Email: alisa.zahller@chs.state.co.us
Note: Items in the CIAPA archives are available to researchers only by appointment

Dr. Rita DeFrange, president
Phone: 970-685-1327
Email: ritadefrange@gmail.com
Website: www.columbusdayparade.org
Newsletter: Available on website

Susan Gurule, president
Phone: 303-524-9502
Email: susangurule@msn.com
Website: www.dantealighieriofdenver.org
Newsletter: Available on website

Barbara Ferrero, president
P.O. Box 1561, Pueblo, CO 81002
Phone: 719-250-6898
Email: bferrero@comcast.net
Website: dantealigieriofpueblo.org/
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Mike Abruzzi, president
P.O. Box 261022, Lakewood, CO 80226
Phone: 303-250-2278
Email: mabruzzi1@hotmail.com
Website: www.fioriditalia.com
Newsletter: Available on website

Marianne Alonzi, Director of Alumni & Community Events
Holy Family High School
5195 West 144th Avenue
Broomfield, Colorado 80023
Phone: 303-410-1411, ext. 1129
Email: marianne.alonzi@holyfamilyhs.com
Website: www.holyfamilyhs.com

Joanne Velotta Flynn, President
7567 Moore Ct, Arvada CO 80005
Phone: 303-422-6126
Email: joannie818@yahoo.com
Website: www.ilcircoloitaliano-denver.org

Bill Lucatuorto, President
191 University Blvd., Denver, CO 80206
Phone: 303-571-3660
Email: info@denveriaba.org
Website: www.denveriaba.org

Meetings: Second Wednesday of the month. Check the calendar or the IABA website for details.

George Vendegnia, President
4351 Dover Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-947-8881
Email: georgevv@q.com

Al Grasso, President
P.O. Box 1862, Grand Junction, CO 81502
Phone: 970-241-8164
Fax: 970-245-2900
Email: alkaren7@bresnan.net

Barbara Cimino Larson, Organizer/Leader
Phone: 303-233-2704
Email: blarson24@aol.com


Richard DiManna, President
Phone: 720-436-1226
Email: rdmddi@q.com
Website: www.italiansofamerica.org/

David Soloman, Contact person
2854 Eliot St., Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 303-433-1398

Claude Trujillo, Jr., State Deputy
505 Columbia Ave., Del Norte, CO 81132
Phone: 719-657-3132

Anthony L. Paglione, President
3137 Bandera Parkway, Pueblo, CO 81005
Phone: 719-240-4593
E-mail: tonypaglione@comcast.net

Dave Falbo, President
4995 W. 107 Loop, Westminster, CO 80031
Phone: 303-465-2791 (H)
Phone: 720-490-3122 (W)
Email: dfalbo@amroofing.com
Website: www.morrasociety.com/

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Linda Wilder, President
3549 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 303-465-3535
Website: http://ourladymountcarmel.com/parish-organizations/

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Jim Veccherilli, President
3549 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 303-421-9501
Email: jnrvecc71@gmail.com
Website: http://ourladymountcarmel.com/parish-organizations/

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Don Bruno, President
3549 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 303-429-8087
Email: dbruno1347@aol.com
Website: http://ourladymountcarmel.com/parish-organizations/

Frank Percey, President
1900 W 38th Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 303-870-7324 (M)
Phone: 303-428-5723 (H) after 5 p.m.
Email: frankelly42@hotmail.com
Website: potenzalodge.com

Debbie Macri, President
1900 W 38th Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 720-838-3934 (M)
Email: dmacri1964@gmail.com
Website: potenzalodge.com/ladiesaux.html

Dominic LoSasso, President
P.O.Box 1231, Arvada, CO 80001
Email: dominic@osiacolorado.org
Website: osiacolorado.org

Bernie Post, President
15131 W. Highway 50, Salida, CO 81201
Phone: 719-539-3557

Fred Marzano, President
5925 W. 32 Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-420-2167 (M)
Email: marzano711@aol.com
Website: www.osiadenver.org
Newsletter: Available on website

Guio Carleo, President
3913 Canterbury Ln., Pueblo, CO 81005
Phone: 719-671-0255
Email: None

Vivian Sagona, President
Email: cabrini@gmail.com

Bill Scutti, President
Phone: 719-269-3519
Email: wscutti@bresnan.net
Website: www.osiaroyalgorge2866.com

Sam DeFelice, President
P.O. Box 31311, Colorado Springs, CO 80931
Email: coloradospringssonsofitaly@comcast.net
Website: Under development

Anne Ripepi, President
4605 W. Lakeridge Rd., Denver, CO 80219
Phone: 303-922-2002
Email: pronto922@comcast.net

Joe Lombardi, President
13517 King Lake Trail, Broomfield, CO 80020
Phone: 303-431-7080
Fax: 303-940-1775

Frank Cirullo, President
2366 N. Onerton Rd., Pueblo, CO 81008
Phone: 719-542-2810
Email: nitty41@aol.com

Anthony Ficco, President
12425 W. 38 Ave., Wheatridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-431-6492

Michael Frank, Chairperson Potenza Committee DSCI
4611 Homestead St., Littleton, Co 80123
Phone: 303-692-8359
Fax: 303-691-1601
Email: franksden@msn.com

Kim Weber, President
P.O. Box 464, Louisville, CO 80027
Email: email@louisvilleitalianclub.org
Website: www.louisvilleitalianclub.org

Tom Sciacca, President
1012 Colorado Drive, Trinidad, CO 81082
Phone: 719-846-2330
Email: tsciacca55@gmail.com

 

George Falagrady, President
3804 Zuni Street, Denver, CO 80211
Phone: 720-201-5575
Email: gporgie7@yahoo.com
Website: www.trentini-club-colorado.com
Newsletter: Available on website