NEW YORK - Massimo Moratti took part in the tenth anniversary celebrations of Inter Club Moratti USA last weekend in New York. Accompanied by his daughter Celeste, a Manhattan resident, his nephew Fabrice with wife Diana, Moratti attended the annual dinner dance at Leonard's of Great Neck along with over 500 guests. The Inter patron expressed his gratitude for the continued support given by IC Moratti USA, led by president Stefano Turricano and vice president Tony Di Piazza, and with his usual gentlemanlike manners signed autographs and posed for photos.
Besides Turricano and Di Piazza, the American Inter Club's executive committee of Joe Ferrantelli (second vice president), Nicola Signorelli (secretary), Angelo Messina (treasurer), Aldo Borruso (webmaster), Joe Borruso, Domenico Catalano, Vito Catalano, Tony Chiarenza, Joe Costa, Carmelo Di Lorenzo, Antonino Ferruccio, Domenico Giampapa, Joe Maccariello, Vincenzo Mannino, Emilio Maimone, Salvatore Messina, Vincenzo Scibella and Filippo Scimeca took part in the dinner dance. Also in attendance were Gianfranco Pennino and Rocco Cerrone, respectively presidents of Inter Club Montreal and Toronto.
Founded in New York in 1995 by a group of fans whose families have always supported Inter, IC Moratti USA counts ninety members. Online since 1998, the American IC has forged solid links with a number of Italian Inter Clubs over the years, including ICs Lumezzane, Angelo Moratti, Nicola Ventola, Ressaex and Roma 11 Stelle.
In keeping with the Moratti family's philosophy, Inter Club Moratti USA is actively involved in charity work. Shortly after the East Asian tsunami in 2004 a goods drive was organised in New York to raise money for the survivors. More recently, a 16-metre tractor trailor containing water, clothes and food was shipped to the Katrina disaster area, and a charity dinner was held to raise funds to help rebuild the Italian-American Museum in New Orleans.
A delegation from IC Moratti USA visited Roberto Mancini and the Nerazzurri in Appiano Gentile last December ahead of the 3-2 derby victory over AC Milan.