WATERTOWN — The Italian American Civic Association launched a capital campaign on June 4 to renovate and enhance the club headquarters on Bellew Avenue.

The goal of the drive is $350,000. This year, the association is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

“These funds will allow the club to make significant improvements to the building and provide a firm financial footing for the club as it celebrates if 80th anniversary,” according to a news release provided by John Morgia Sr., campaign chairman and Paul Alteri, association president.

Since 1947, when the current headquarters was established, there has been few renovations to the building. The association said funds raised in the campaign will allow the club to bring the building up to 21st century standards, enhance its infrastructure and create an event center that will host wedding receptions, parties and other civic and community events.

The improvements will also include the creation of a new downstairs “clubhouse” for association members.

“We are committed to making the necessary improvements that will make our club a showcase for years to come,” Mr. Morgia said in the news release.

The mission of the Italian American Civic Association has been to foster an interest in the local Italian community and its role in the growth of Watertown and its area and to promote “the highest civic, social and political ideals in the United States.”

“Our club and its members have always been a strong thread in the fabric of Watertown and the north country and we want to continue that tradition for the next 80 years and beyond,” Mr. Alteri said.

Funds for the campaign will be obtained through the direct solicitation of the club’s members, local business owners and the greater Watertown community.

Checks and pledges can be made to the Italian American Civic Association, 192 Bellew Ave., Watertown.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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