For 67 years, the IBC has been a proud and important part of Portland's Italian community. Established by Portland businessmen of Italian heritage, the organization was formed with this mission:
Providing assistance for a disaster in Italy, the Po River flood of 1951. That tradition of contributing to many worthwhile causes,locally as well as in Italy, has continued through the years
Promoting Italian culture and language
Celebrating our love of Italian culture and common background with friends and family
Of course, many changes have occurred over the years, as well as changing the original name, Italian Businessmen's Club to the Italian Benvenuti Club, keeping the acronym IBC.
Today's IBC consists of men and women of Italian heritage and others who love Italian culture, believe in our mission and 'la Dolce Vita'.
Joe Cavalli is our "Person of the Year' for 2017
For the past eight years, the IBC has held a wonderful fall soiree, 'la vendemmia'. In Italy, this is a time to celebrate with a 'festa' after the work of the grape harvest. Among the beautiful vineyards of Willamette Valley, the IBC has maintained this custom largely through the efforts of Joe Cavalli.
Each year, Joe has ensured the success of this event by coordinating the many peices necesary for a major 'party', working with the vineyard, the food providers, Portland Opera and the volunteers necessary to make the IBC's 'la vendemmia' a success.
For his hard work and diligence in running this successful event year after year, Joe as been awarded the IBC's 'AJ Colosurdo Person of the Year' award for 2017.
Scholarships and Service
The IBC has remained committed to the ideals of cultural awareness and civic service upon which it was founded. Of course, being of Italian heritage, we also have a good time together in what we do.
The IBC Foundation provides an annual scholarship to a local student of Italian heritage and we provide financial and professional support to the Scuola Italiana di Portland.
Over the years, we have supported local charities and, in Italy, we have supported organizations that assist in the recovery from floods and earthquakes.
We are also members of the Festa Italiana Association and volunteer on its committees and during the annual Portland Festa in August.
Many of our social functions are fund raisers and members and friends contribute directly to support the foundation.
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