International Patrons of Duomo di Milano is a public charity which aims to promote the knowledge and understanding of Milan Cathedral historical, artistic and cultural heritage on the United States. Moreover, it collects donations for the preservation, restoration and development of the Cathedral.
Thanks to the crowdfunding campaign Save the Saint, ended on last May 1, International Patrons of Duomo di Milano collected needed funds to get the spire entitled to St. Francesca Cabrini, first American citizen claimed as saint, known as the “Mother of Migrants”. Mother Cabrini represents the link between Milan and the United States. This extraordinary woman has always taken care of Italian American community and needy people. She founded schools and orphanages all over the United States. In occasion of her canonization on 1956, a statue has been placed on the top of one of the 135 Milan Cathedral spires. From that moment, she has watched over the city, establishing an ideal link between Milan and New York.
The $150,000 target had been overcome thanks to NIAF – The National Italian American Foundation, the Fondazione Berti per l’arte e la scienza onlus, and to all “overseas” patrons.
The spire will be entitled to the International Patrons of Duomo di Milano and to those donors who subscribed the campaign Save the Saint.
Some of the Italian and New York institutions representatives celebrated this first important goal on May,5 with a luncheon at the Lotos Club, called “Points of View”. Baroness Zerilli Marinò was the sponsor, and Antonio Monda, as special guest, introduced a lecture about Arts and Artists in the long lasting relationship between Milan and New York.
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