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Luncheon party

The Annual Festa Luncheon sponsored by the Italian Club of Seattle will be held this year at the prestigious Seattle Yacht Club overlooking Portage Bay. The date is Friday, September 20th, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The Seattle Yacht Club offers us a beautiful dining room, great food and free parking, all for the reasonable price of $60 per person. Tickets will be available later this year.

Seattle Yacht Club exterior photo
Gary Galeotti laughing

Gary Galeotti


Last year’s Gill Centioli Award winner was the dedicated and tireless Festa volunteer Gary Galeotti. For the 2024 recipients of this and the Patricia DeLaurenti Volunteer of the Year Award , watch this space!

Keynote Speaker

This year’s Keynote Speaker is yet to be announced. Last year we welcomed Ralph Bufano who led The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA from 1991 to 2005. During his tenure he developed a new $140 million master plan and increased the museum’s collection by 70%. A 38-year veteran of museum and arts management, Bufano previously worked at the Corning Glass Center and Museum in Corning NY, The Paine Art Center and Arboretum in Oshkosh WI, Director of the Experimental Aircraft Association Aviation Foundation in Oshkosh, WI where he helped build a new $7 million Museum also as Director of the Ward Museum in Salisbury, MD where he directed the development of a new $6 million, 38,000-square foot art museum. Prior to that, he worked as president of The Kansas City Museum in Kansas City, MO.

Ralph Bufano photo

Ralph A. Bufano, FRAeS — Bufano Management LLC