“Belle E Forti Le Donne Italo Americane” (Beautiful Strong Italian American Women)
This is the motto of the Italian American Women of Iowa. They work to revive, promote and preserve the Italian heritage of its members. The club is made up of 97 women from ages 18-102 and give back to the community by volunteering or collecting items for other charitable organizations.
Lisa Cruchelow, a member of the Italian American Women, explained different ways they have been able to lend a hand. “Our group gives 90% of the money we raise back to the community like: Orchard Place, Ronald McDonald, YESS, Ken Eaton Foundation, Northern Warren Fire Dept., Wounded Warriors, Variety Club, St. Catherine’s, make dinners for Drake students, and in the past, we helped 5 families have a Merry Christmas.”
The Italian Women of Iowa are excited to bring some Italian flair to Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2nd Annual Silent Tree Auction. If you are interested in bidding on their tree and supporting the work done by Italian American Women of Iowa, come to Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 December 1st-3rd.