Fedegari Group is proudly sponsoring Ciao Philadelphia 2017 and was thrilled to celebrate the last Italian National Day with the General Consul, Andrea Canepari
PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – Last June 2nd, Fedegari proudly co-hosted another very special Italian evening at the Union League of Philadelphia to celebrate the new role of the Italian General Consul of Philadelphia, Andrea Canepari who is leaving to serve as Ambassador of Italy to the Dominican Republic.
The event marked the official opening of the Italian Cultural Month – Ciao Philadelphia 2017 – organized by the Italian Consulate and celebrated the Consul General’s activities promoted during the past four years in a city where Italian roots are strong.
During Ciao Philadelphia 2017 Inaugural Reception, Giuseppe Fedegari, President of Fedegari Group and Andrea Canepari, Consul-General of Italy in Philadelphia, received special guests and several American authorities, such as the New Jersey State Senator, Steve Sweeney, the US Congressman, Bob Brady and the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsilvania, Joe Torsella.
“Viaggio in Italia” – Ciao Philadelphia 2017
Fedegari brought to Philadelphia amazing Italian landscapes by presenting a photographic exhibition by the Master Photographer Gio Martorana (www.giomartorana.com) entitled “Viaggio in Italia” – Ciao Philadelphia 2017.
Guests received the “Viaggio in Italia” booklet signed by Martorana with his wonderful images from Italy. They were also invited to the taste a unique Italian sparkling wine produced by Fedegari brothers in Italy and carefully paired by the Italian Oenologist Carlo Casavecchia to create an authentic Italian experience. The sparkling wine “Farfalla” has already been awarded with the 3 Bicchieri (3 Glasses) of the Italian Gambero Rosso Wine Guide for 2016 and 2017.
Rosemary Connors, NBC TV, presented the event with the participation of the Italian singer Giada Valenti, who was personally invited by the future Ambassador, Andrea Canepari.
Italy’s man in Philly promoted to Caribbean
(Source: The Inquirer)
Andrea Canepari, Consul-General of Italy in Philadelphia since 2013, has been promoted and will leave the city to serve as Italy’s ambassador to a string of Caribbean countries. Philadelphia business and professional leaders say Canepari invigorated what had been a moribund office slated for closure, drafting and inspiring locals to start a CEO council plus the organizations CiaoPhiladelphia (cultural) and Convivio (academic), while promoting Italy as a modern nation with many business and cultural opportunities for enterprising Americans, and introducing Philadelphia in Italy. Here he addresses the Pennsylvania General Assembly in Harrisburg.
Philadelphia’s lone European diplomat is leaving, after making a mark on the city’s academic, business, and professional communities — unusual after four years in a job whose public duties include signing visas and hosting parties. But Consul General Andrea Canepari was drafted to do more — to build new contacts between Italian Americans and today’s Italians, far beyond fading memories of immigrant Nonna’s Sunday dinners. Now, he has been promoted to serve as Italy’s ambassador to a string of Caribbean countries. He is moving his family from South Philadelphia to Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. His replacement hasn’t been announced.
In his soft-spoken way, Canepari has been fond of reminding Philadelphians how their Washington representatives three years ago persuaded Italy not to close his office (as Israel and Canada shut their Philadelphia outposts) — on condition that he and the locals, in a Philly-based zone stretching from New Jersey to North Carolina, prove the post useful in addressing Italy’s slow growth and feared isolation by expanding trade and investment links, cultural and personal ties.
“He’s been fantastic,” says Steve Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System. “So much of business gets down to individuals. Here’s a guy a block and a half from my office, who knows the companies in Philadelphia and the companies in Italy, and he’s always trying to do Match.com for Jefferson, Penn, Temple, Drexel, and the companies here and there. He’s always finding someone we can do something with.”
Canepari induced business leaders to form Ciao Philadelphia!, a foundation to make permanent his campaign to coordinate dozens of Italian-themed music, design, art, food, literary, and speaker programs each fall; Il Convivio, a group of academics that has helped add Italian classes to Philadelphia schools such as Meredith Elementary and St. Monica; and a CEO business leaders’ council linking colleges and corporations in both countries.
“He understands that this is about more than laying a wreath at the Columbus monument once a year,” said Joseph Jacovini, cochairman at Dilworth Paxson LLP. “He’s been able to convince people at these universities that Italy today is a modern country with a lot of potential, not only in education, not only in business, but also in international impact — that Italian creativity,” all while spreading the good word about Philadelphia, Giordano added.
When Fedegari Technologies, Inc., the Italy-based sterilizer manufacturer and contamination control solutions provider, picked Rowan University’s tech park to develop testing for its new lab in Sellersville, “it was Consul Canepari who established this relationship,” Shreekanth Mandayam, Rowan’s vice president for research and head of its South Jersey Technology Park, said at the opening of the Sellersville lab in 2015. Canepari has since set up “several Italian [pro] soccer clubs” to negotiate the use of Rowan’s sprawling soccer complex as “their American home,” said Rowan president Ali A. Houshmand.
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