Accenti Supporters Gather at Gala
by Connie G. McParland
Asked about the Foundation, Domenic Cusmano explained that its function is to be one of a number of instruments in allowing Accenti to succeed in its mission. “The Foundation and the Magazine are separate entities, so the Foundation board does not influence the content of the Magazine. However, the board can decide to support financially (or not) some of the Magazines initiatives.”
The Montreal-based magazine with the distinctively Italian accent, was praised by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Member of Parliament for Mégantic-LÉrable, when in November 2009 he announced government funding for Accenti. He said,Accenti provides especially captivating articles for anyone who shares an affinity with all things Italian. It is an eloquent example of how Canadian magazines can enliven and strengthen our communities.
Not just a community magazine, Accenti is available across Canada at Chapters and Indigo, and a variety of bookstores and newsstands through Benjamin News. It is also distributed in select areas of Montreal through The Gazette. According to Cusmano, the wider distribution allows Accenti to have greater impact, and the response from readers is mostly positive. “On the other hand,” Cusmano added, “some people seem surprised that Accenti talks about such a wide range of topics the way it does.”
Accenti’s initial goal of celebrating Italian influence on Canada’s cultural and literary heritage remains, but as Domenic Cusmano elaborated, “goals are always changing. The main objective is to keep expanding the reach and readership of the Magazine, and make each issue better, more informative, more interesting than the previous one.”
If the first gala dinner and dance is any indication, the Accenti Foundation is well on its way to accomplishing its mission of helping the Magazine expand its reach. The often-cited complaint that Italo-Canadians are disinterested in the cultural life of the community was easily dispelled by the presence of so many young professionals, alongside many familiar figures in the community, and a table laden with door prizes from sponsors and supporters. “The response to this initiative was phenomenal and this augurs well for next year’s gala,” exclaimed Cusmano. The Magazine and the Foundation can use the help of volunteers. People who wish to help can write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to …
Sponsors: Joseph Prattico, Dumoulin Electronics; Marco Miserendino, Bijouterie Italienne; Magda Frederik, Maison ISHI; Giancarlo Biferali, Biferali Fine Arts; Frank Caracciolo and Amabile Fashions; Walter Perron, Bureau en Gros.
Supporters of the first Accenti Foundation Gala: RBC, McDonalds, Carmine Florist, A & W, Mega Centre Montreal, Coffee Depot, ItalVine, Hostaria Romana, Cage au Sport, Spuntino Restaurant, Clinique de Beauté Diane, Pastificio Sacchetto, Unique, Casa dei Ravioli, Ralph Alfonso and Bongo Beat Records.
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