In September of 2002, television personality Jimmy Kimmel, producer Doug DeLuca, restaurateur Frankie Competelli and some of Los Angeles’ most prominent Italian American citizens, got together and produced the first annual Feast of San Gennaro in Los Angeles. The event proved to be extremely successful, but as a group they soon realized that being a music, culture and food festival wasn’t enough to achieve their greater mission. In the spirit of their Italian ancestors, they wanted not only to share their culture and history with the world, but to take the generosity and fellowship Italians are known for and do positive things for others – just as the Italians had done for centuries. As Italian Americans they had great gifts to share with the world, not the least of which was a love for people and for life. With these thoughts in mind, they created the 501c3 non-profit San Gennaro Foundation.
The mission of The San Gennaro Foundation is to uphold the principles that were established by St. Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, Italy who worked tirelessly to help people in need. In addition to raising necessary funds, the Foundation seeks to perpetuate cultural identity and solidarity within the Italian American community and to propagate unity and cooperation among Italian Americans. All events put on by the Foundation are intended to embody the attributes of generosity and goodwill that define the Italian spirit.
With such strong values at the heart of the organization, it was natural to share these values with those who could help perpetuate them for generations to come. As a result, The San Gennaro Foundation chose to focus primarily on helping resource-challenged children through various programs such as mentoring, scholarships and educational workshops. Additionally, as the Festival is a celebration of abundance, it is thought proper to help those who have very little by supporting various shelters and feeding programs for the homeless.
The San Gennaro Foundation plans to leave a legacy here in Southern California. People are the future and the Foundation plans to invest in them. With the help of selfless volunteers and generous donors, the Foundation aims to make the world a better place, showing all with open hearts that “Life is Beautiful.”
The San Gennaro Foundation
Donation checks may be mailed to: The San Gennaro Foundation 16217 Kittridge St. Van Nuys, CA 91406
Credit Card donations may be made on this website under PURCHASE tab “Charity Donations”.