AILO Makes A Difference

Jocelyn Fitzgerald
May 19, 2011

Every December, the 200-plus members of the American International League of Florence ONLUS (AILO) hold the annual Christmas Bazaar to collect funds that, later in the year, will be distributed to charities in the province of Florence that presented their projects to ONLUS. These charities are carefully vetted by the donation research committee and finally voted on by the members of the league.


On Donation Day, held in the Salone dei Cinquecento at Palazzo Vecchio, the funds collected are allocated to the charities that presented a project. The opportunity for these associations to present themselves and their project was often never before possible, making Donation Day not just a fund-raising event, but also an opportunity to give public recognition to those who better the lives of others on a daily basis.


On May 4, 13 organizations were recognised and rewarded by AILO in the presence of Mary Ellen Countryman, US Consul and Honorary President of AILO; Eugenio Giani, president of the Consiglio Comunale; Linda Clouse, president of AILO; and many members and guests of the league. Eugenio Giani awarded the AILO with the coveted prize of Il Marzocco, an unexpected surprise that has encouraged league members to continue their work in Florence.


Thanks were also extended GE Volunteers and Bolliger, the official bazaar sponsors. Many companies and individuals also contribute to the success of the event, which serves as a meeting place for those who share a commitment to making a difference in the local community.



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