The Fitchburg State Center for Italian Culture will host a fundraising gala on July 11


FITCHBURG — The Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State University will celebrate more than 20 years of scholarship and programming support with a fundraising gala at the Fitchburg Art Museum at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

The Center for Italian Culture, founded with a major gift from the late Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio of the Fitchburg State Class of 1938, has been an integral part of the college campus for more than 20 years. Throughout its history, the center has sponsored programs that celebrate Italian contributions to Western civilization and supported study abroad scholarships that allow university students and faculty to explore the world.

The June 11 celebration will include dishes prepared by The Finicky Fork. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails, music from famed soprano Maria Ferrante and Italian Asta della Fortuna raffles.

The gallery’s special exhibitions for the gala will include camera obscura works by photographer Abelardo Morell and images made by Fitchburg State students during a university-sponsored trip to Verona, Italy.

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at

Proceeds from the gala will be used to finance scholarships awarded by the Center for Italian Culture.


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