Benvenuti alla nostra Associazione GRIAA


Welcome to our GRIAA Association

Preserving Our Past…. Planning Our Future

Our Italian culture is one steeped in rich history and traditions. That’s why it is important for Italian Americans to keep in touch with their roots and share their pride and heritage. Our association was founded in 1980. Originally known as The Columbus Day Committee, the Greater Rockford Italian American Association (GRIAA) strives to follow our mission given to us by the original Rockford Italian charter members. These members have celebrated the Italian culture and have given meaning to the true roots of our heritage.

Mission Statement

To promote the Italian culture, sponsor social events and activities, and perform works of charity and philanthropy benefiting the local Italian-American community.

Please take the time to click on our GRIAA News and Event link which is located at the bottorm of the menu on this page and also at the top of each website page in the large black row.


A non-profit organization headed and staffed solely by volunteers, GRIAA serves as a conservatory of Italian culture and traditions. It provides the community and opportunity to experience the customs and traditions of Italy first hand by participating in a variety of educational programs and public events provided by our GRIAA Committees. If you would like to serve on one of the GRIAA Committees, please contact us by clicking on the Contact Us Link.

GRIAA Greater Rockford Italian American Association P.O. Box 1915 Rockford, Illinois 61110-0415 Phone 815-636-2902 E-mail:


2012 GRIAA Officers and Board of Directors

Frank Perrecone, Chairman

Paul Mastrangeli, Treasurer

Frank Valentine, Secretary

If you have any questions or comments about GRIAA please use the form listed below:

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Board of Directors

Loretta Bates Johnny Canova Karen Cantele
Carla Cacciatore Mullin Bob Corirossi Valeri DeCastris
Mike Doyle Lisa Fabiano John Falzone
Gene Fedeli Shirley Martignoni Fedeli Bob Lombardozzi
Paul Maffioli Whitey Marinelli Jasper St. Angel
Rosie Scalise Sheridan Ben Todaro Pauline Urso

2012 GRIAA Committee Structure

Community Service

Jasper St. Angel

Gene Fedeli


Culture & Education

Gene Fedeli

Shirley Martignoni Fedeli

Columbus Day Mass

Shirley Martignoni Fedeli Karen Cantele


Festa Italiana Newspaper Bob Corirossi

John Falzone


Festa Italiana

John Falzone, Chairman 2012 Mike Maffioli, Chairman 2013

Whitey Marinelli


Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Banquet

Rosie Scalise Sheridan

Gene Fedeli

Hall of Fame and Special Recognition

Whitey Marinelli

Gene Fedeli

Frank Perrecone

Men’s Italian Open

Johnny Canova

John Falzone

Pappagallo Newsletter

Shirley Martignoni Fedeli

Mike Doyle

Peggy Sagona Werner


Mike Doyle

Valeri DeCastris



Ben Todaro

Frank Valentine


Sister City

Valeri DeCastris

Whitey Marinelli



Women’s Italian Open

Brianne Canova

Karen Cantele

Amici Italiani Adult & Youth Troupe

Rosie Scalise Sheridan

Beatrice Giammarese Ricotta

Carla Cacciatore Mullin

Pauline Urso