Italian American Brotherhood Club History
The Italian American Brotherhood Club was founded by Anthony Milano and chartered in 1928, making it one of the oldest chartered clubs of its kind in the United States. Mr. Milano served as the first and longest serving Club President. During his tenure, Mr. Milano was instrumental in the creation of the annual Feast of Assumption street fair celebration held in Little Italy every August. He worked to add the street fair to the celebration as a way to support the church and Little Italy community. This celebration has become one of Cleveland’s premier events, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors in a four day period.
Originally created by Mr. Milano to assist Italian immigrants in finding jobs and financing housing in the area, it emerged into more of a social club over the years. Now, the IABC has evolved into a social service group, dedicating the majority of its focus towards charitable efforts. Over the years, the Club has donated hundreds of thousands in scholarship and charitable donations to deserving students and worthy causes throughout the state.
Active in the Italian-American community, the IABC is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization. All contributions to the IABC are tax deductible according to the limits provided by law.
The IABC hosts a monthly dinner on the second Wednesday of the month where members and non-members alike can come to enjoy the camaraderie of friends and family as well as enjoy an exceptional meal. Proceeds from the dinner help to raise money towards the charitable causes. The IABC also hosts an annual golf outing and plays a major part in the annual Italian-American Festival in June.
Nearly every year, the IABC hosts an “Honoree of the Year” dinner where they honor one member of the community who has gone above and beyond in furthering good works in the Italian-American Community as well as the North East Ohio. Over the years, the IABC has honored such distinguished leaders as : Bishop Anthony Pilla, Sam Rutigliano, Mayor (Commissioner) Jimmy Dimora, Judge Anthony O’Calabrese, Judge Joseph Zingales, Paul Russo, Mayor Dean DePiero, Nick Orlando, Vince Campanella, Vince Marotta, and Judge Dick Ambrose to name a few.
In 2007, the club returned to Cleveland’s Little Italy, opening an office at 12412 Mayfield Road, relocating from their previous location in Bedford. The IABC remains dedicated to support, plan, develop, provide and operate a social service club which will serve a public purpose to provide for the needy, afford educational opportunities, and continue to support the Italian-American community.