Villa Charities Founders Host

Welcome Dinner

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, a special dinner to welcome Marco DeVuono as President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc. was hosted by four of the organization’s founding members: Anthony Fusco, the Honourable Consiglio Di Nino, Joseph Chiappetta, and Rudolph Bratty. The private event, which was held in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre, was also an in-person celebration of the past five decades of Villa Charities, following the official 50th anniversary of the organization on April 15, 2021. Guests included Board members and long-time supporters.


Villa Charities extends its sincere appreciation to Anthony Fusco, the Honourable Consiglio Di Nino, Joseph Chiappetta, and Rudolph Bratty for this truly memorable evening and their extraordinary support of Villa Charities over the past fifty years.

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Villa Charities Thanks Board of Directors

At the Annual General Meeting on May 26, 2022, Villa Charities voted in the Directors to serve on the Villa Charities Inc. Board for the 2022/2023 term. We would like to acknowledge their service and dedication to the organization and greatly appreciate all that they do for Villa Charities.  

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Villa Charities Sponsors 11th Edition of ICFF 

Villa Charities is proud to support the Italian Contemporary Film Festival as a Film+ Sponsor for the 11th edition of its initiative taking place from June 24 to July 16 at the Distillery Historic District in Toronto, and in the cities of Vaughan, Hamilton, and Montreal, as well as online Canada-wide on the ICFF digital platform. We also join ICFF in presenting the North American Premiere of “Il Silenzio Grande” on June 28, by award-winning director Alessandro Gassmann, who will be in attendance at the event.

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IHM Event: L’Eco dei nostri Dialetti / A Celebration of Dialects

“L’Eco dei Nostri Dialetti “is a celebration of Italian dialects. On June 26, we will take a journey into the “rebirth” of dialects together with poets, writers, musicians, comedians, professors, actresses, and a special appearance by actor

and comedian, Lino Banfi. Words and memories of our various languages, which have always enriched the Italian regions, will be the protagonists of a full day of programming, to be enjoyed together in our piazza. Refreshments will be served.

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IHM Event: Una Patria di Carta

The Migrant Press and the Construction of Italian-Canadian Identity

On Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00pm, join Matteo Brera and Antonio Ricci for the official public launch of the ‘Angelo Principe’ Italian Canadian Newspaper Collection. We will reflect on the importance of Italian language newspapers for the preservation of traditions and the construction of imagined but also tangible Italian-Canadian identities between the Old and the New World. 

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IHM Event: Italian Expat Picnic

Join us on June 30 for a festive outdoor picnic at 6:00pm with your family and fellow expatriates. With all-you-can-eat pizza and entertainment, reunite with your fellow colleagues and celebrate new friendships at this family-friendly event at the Columbus Centre. Children’s entertainment provided by Accademia dei Ragazzi.

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See the Light in the Darkness Through the Live Performance of “Luna Nova” 

Vesuvius Ensemble returns with a live performance of their album “Luna Nova” on July 5 at 7:00pm. Released in December 2020 during the pandemic lockdown, the title “Luna Nova” is a symbol of the light in the darkness, reflecting our lockdown experiences. The luna nova (new moon) represents hope and new dreams.  

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A Night of “Dances & Overtures” with GTPO

The Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra (GTPO) on July 8 at 7:00pm will perform a selection from their popular program “Dances & Overtures”. Under the baton of Maestro David Fallis, the performance features a music selection including Italian opera overtures by Verdi, Viennese waltzes by Strauss and pieces by composers Antonín Dvořák and Edward Elgar.

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Attention Movie Lovers! Join Us for Italian Movie Nights

Join us for some laughs under the stars as we present hit comedies from Italy every Thursday from July 7 to August 25. Enjoy a spectacular lineup of English subtitled films from some of the most acclaimed names in Italian cinema, FREE in the Columbus Centre courtyard or from VIP seating on Caffe Cinquecento’s patio. 

This event is in partnership with TLN and Caffe Cinquecento.

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Ballo Liscio Returns to Villa Charities!

Villa Charities resumes our popular Ballo Liscio nights in the Columbus Centre Courtyard. Join us every Wednesday from July 6 to August 31 all summer long for our outdoor social dancing nights featuring live musical performances! This event is funded by the Government of Canada.

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Reminder to Complete our Fundraising Lottery Survey

Villa Charities Inc. and the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA) are interested in launching a fundraising lottery together to support our respective fundraising priorities.


With this end in mind, we would greatly appreciate if you can take a few minutes to complete our survey to provide your views on this topic. Your input is valuable to us in understanding what you – our community - wants to see if we embark on this endeavour. Thank you to everyone who has already completed this survey.


Kindly provide your response by Friday, June 24 at 5pm.

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Book Your Virtual One-on-One Meeting for Friday Chats with Marco

Have a question about our programs and services? Take the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Marco DeVuono, President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc.!

Appointments are 20 minutes each and must be scheduled in advance. The next Friday Chats is scheduled for Friday, July 8. Contact us today to schedule your virtual meeting – call 416-789-7011 ext. 240 or email

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One Week Left to Apply to the Villa Charities Scholarship Program

The 2022 Villa Charities Scholarship Program is accepting applications until June 30, 2022! Four awards of $2,500 are available toUndergraduate students and four awards of $5,000 are available to Graduate level students. For a full list of criteria and more information on how to apply, visit


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Join Us at a TFC Game for Forza Italia Night!

Get your family and friends together and come out to cheer on Toronto FC on Saturday, July 9 at BMO Field when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes, all in support of Villa Charities. $5.00 from every ticket sold will go to Villa Charities Foundation, in support of senior care, cultural programming, youth services, education and scholarships, and capital needs. We hope to see you there! 

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Register a Foursome or Sponsor the Ital-Canadian Golf Open

Join us on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at The Country Club, as CIBPA Toronto, ICCO Canada, and Villa Charities Foundation come together again to celebrate our community and give back in a meaningful way. Proceeds from The Ital-Canadian Golf Open will support scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate and graduate level students across the country. Visit for details and to register.

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Columbus Centre

Join the 60-Day Summer Shape-Up Fitness Challenge

Looking to recharge your fitness goals this summer? Columbus Centre Athletic Club members can sign up and take our 60-Day “Summer Shape-Up” Fitness Challenge! This fun and friendly challenge runs to July 31 and will motivate you to achieve your goals and rejuvenate your physical and mental health. Score points by participating in an assortment of activities, track your success and win great prizes. 

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Summer Tai Chi and Children’s and Adult Karate – Coming Soon

Get fit and have fun this summer through our classic martial arts classes! These internationally recognized sports are being offered at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club. Registration for Children’s and Adult Karate and Tai Chi starts Monday, June 27, 2022. 

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Spend your Summer at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club with our Tennis House League

From July 4 to August 8 at the Columbus Centre Athletic club, our Summer Tennis House League is open for players to compete in competitive tennis leagues for prizes! Prizes and social will be held at Caffe Cinquecento on August 20 following the final match. 

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Kids Can Learn Racquet Sports at our Children’s Racquet Camp!

Kids can have fun this summer with our summer sports programs. Young athletes ages 7 to 14 will enjoy tennis, squash, spike ball and more, with Coach Niki and Coach Max at our Children’s Racquet Camp in July and August on the following dates:

July 11 to July 15 / 12:00 - 3:00pm

July 25 to July 29 / 12:00 - 3:00pm

Aug 8 to Aug 12 / 12:00 - 3:00pm

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Villa Colombo Toronto

Villa Colombo Toronto Celebrates Italian Heritage and Seniors’ Months

Villa Colombo Toronto celebrated Seniors’ Month and Italian Heritage Month with events throughout June. Residents and staff enjoyed many festivities including National Hazelnut Day, preparing Nutella-inspired sweets and cakes, National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, winning prizes at National Bingo Day, Porchetta Day and traditional live Italian music with the Coro Italia garden concert.

Indepenent Seniors' Apartments

Toronto Fire Workshops at our Seniors’ Apartments

June is Safety Awareness Month and Villa Charities in partnership with Toronto Fire Services offered training presentations at Casa Del Zotto, Caboto Terrace, and Casa Abruzzo for our seniors. Topics such as fire prevention, detection, and escape were discussed. 

Our Mission:

Enriching lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage.

Our Vision:

Inspiring people to explore the Italian in all of us.

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