Mary Ann Helps New Jersey Italian Club Raise Money for Food Bank (Camden Courier Post)

(Camden Courier Post) 

A Burlington County, NJ-based Italian-American club raised $1,000 for a local food bank thanks in part to a book signing they organized with Mary Ann in December, 20008.

According to an article in the Camden Courier Post, “The funds were raised by the Amici club through a book signing by Mary Ann Esposito, host of ‘Ciao Italia’ on PBS, that was held in December in conjunction with Burlington County College.”

Read the entire article here.



Your the best,the world is a better place because of you. Luv your show and recipes,brings back so many memories of my family and how life used to be growing up.I met you 1 time at a food show you we so sweet,inspite of the fact there was a family emergency. God bless you and yours and keep up with your wonderful work! Ciao, Patti G.

Holly rausch

Hello- I am a Local Coordinator for CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, a non-profit organization providing exciting opportunities to broaden cultural horizons in our communities. We are trying to get the word out so people know about this opportunity to enrich their global knowledge, lives, and communities.

I have a lovely girl from Italy who would like a host family in this area so she can attend public school here this coming year. She will be arriving Aug 22 and staying the school year (10 months).

Here is A bite about CIEE:

CIEE USA High School Program Information
Since 1947, the Council on International Educational Exchange, has been in pursuit of its mission, “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.”

The CIEE USA High School program brings over 1,400 international students to communities across the U.S. each year for 5 or 10 months. With over 63 years of experience in international education, CIEE is the largest and longest running sponsor of exchange programs in the U.S., and our USA High School program prides itself in fostering international exchange not only through the participation of high school students from around the world, but also through the involvement of Local Coordinators, host families, and host schools here in the U.S.

International students participating in the exchange are between 15 and 18 years of age, have studied English for a minimum of three years, have their own medical insurance & spending money, and have undergone a thorough personal screening and interview process. Once here, cultural immersion allows students to gain a personal understanding of the “American way of life.” Attending American high schools, participating in school and community-run clubs, and living with a host family give students unique firsthand access to American culture and offers them the opportunity to be ambassadors of their culture in American communities. Many students attain fluency in English by the end of the program. Most importantly, they will have built American relationships that will last forever.

A bit about Alessia:

Alessia is a 17 year old girl from Italy. “I’m extremely extroverted because I like to be friendly to everyone and meet new people and I love to talk to people, but I also love listening and trying to be a good friends and a good person.” Alessia loves dancing (hip hop and modern dance), photography, and listening to music. Here she would like to join the volleyball or cheerleading team, and the drama or dance club. She has a passion for the English language and is excited to be able to speak it all the time with her new family and friends.

If you could help me welcome Alessia and help locate a host family for her, together we can make her dreams come true.

Thanks for your help,

Holly Rausch, Local coordinator CIEE


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