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Washington DC (March 04, 2020) – The #AmericaLovesVenice campaign, launched by the Italian Embassy in Washington DC in partnership with Save Venice, the leading American non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Venice’s artistic heritage, raised over half a million dollars to finance restoration projects following the damage caused by the waves of bad weather that hit the city of Venice, its citizens, its artistic and cultural heritage and its commercial activities in November 2019.

The funds raised will allow the financing of 23 immediate and concrete projects related to the restoration and conservation of the Venetian artistic and cultural heritage. Among these, the restoration of the music scores of the Conservatory and of the lower floors of the facade and courtyard of the Ca ‘d’Oro on the Grand Canal, the Church of San Donato in Murano, the Galleria Franchetti of Ca ‘D’Oro, the San Giorgio degli Schiavoni Dalmatian School and La Fenice Theater.

“I am grateful to Save Venice, to the many American friends, and to the various representative associations of the Italian-American community, who responded to the appeal launched by Save Venice and the Embassy to support the city of Venice. Their generous contributions are a concrete testimony to the very strong bonds of friendship that have always united our countries and that initiatives like this contribute to renewing and strengthening “said Ambassador Armando Varricchio.

Frederick Ilchman, President of Save Venice, said: “We are not surprised. We are deeply touched that Venice has a special meaning for many Americans who have generously taken action to protect the city’s artistic and cultural heritage. On behalf of the Board of Directors of Save Venice I would like to thank Ambassador Varricchio for his leadership in pursuing this cause.”