In 2018, our building marked a major milestone, celebrating 100 years at the corner of 7th Ave on 18th St. in historic Ybor City. Since that time, we have invested over $1.5 Million into our Club’s restoration and preservation. This is part of a commitment extending through over five decades, with millions of hard-raised dollars going into the ongoing maintenance and preservation of the building, and most importantly towards our commitment to the Club’s mission. It is our belief, that beyond its beauty and architecture, the building stands as a testament to the Italian immigrants who founded this organization and laid roots in Tampa Bay. It serves to honor not only the blood, sweat, and tears of those that built it, but also to honor the Italian culture, heritage, and traditions they worked so diligently to protect and uphold. Today we remain committed to this mindset, as we continue to fundraise for remaining projects yet to be completed.
We remain resolute in our mission to preserve and honor the culture, traditions, and heritage of the Italian Community. We remain committed to maintaining the historical facility as a functioning memorial to the working-class immigrants. We will support this mission through the dues and contributions provided by the members, their families, friends, and government. In return, we will continue to add value to the membership by providing social activities, fellowship, Italian arts and culture; these activities will provide for growth and stability in the membership, creating a safe and comfortable environment for our members, their families, and the community.
Thank you for allowing us to share our story, both past and present. Our partnership with the community represents one of the most valuable tools we have at ensuring the Italian culture and heritage remains prevalent in Tampa Bay today. Together, we represent the Italian Community as a whole, and together we can work towards the long-term preservation of our Italian culture and heritage, while simultaneously preserving the rich history of those who came before us and whose dedication and sacrifices have allowed us the opportunities we have today. Grazie Mille!