Sister City Foundation
beautifying, educating and enriching this community
"Associations in Harmony"
This association between the Sister City and GPYO began when foundation board members suggested that Fernando Raucci, a young Italian conductor from Isernia, near Pettoranello, be a Guest Conductor. Sponsored by the Foundation, Raucci led Brahms Fourth Symphony at GPYO's 1996 Annual Spring Concert. The Maestro's superior talent and excellent rapport with student musicians overwhelmed the audience. In 2001, the Foundation underwrote GPYO's Spring Concert in Princeton University's historic Alexander Hall and has continued this annual tradition for the past fifteen years.
Each year the Princeton Pettoranello Foundation offers a $500 Scholarship to a graduating Princeton High School senior who is interested in furthering his/her education in Italian studies. The selection of the recipient is done by the scholarship committee of the Foundation in conjuction with the recommendations of the Italian teacher. The scholarship is presented at Senior Awards night.
Ferragosto is a major Italian holiday in August. For Catholics it is a feast day to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The foundation organizes this annual event to emulate the activities held in Pettoranello. The festivities begin with a mass and the day features music, dancing, ethnic foods and games.
Mercer County Italian-American Festival Association has generously given the Princeton/Pettoranello Sister City Foundation a $500 donation to its scholarship program.