WYA Sweet 16 Ball

2015 Invite

WYA is turning 16!

Saturday, March 21st, 7:30pm

Midtown Loft & Terrace
267 Fifth Avenue

Tickets: $75

Gala Honoree Maria Grizzetti

staff_0011_mariaMaria, who has served as WYA staff for over ten years, will be presented with the Kathryn Hoomkwap Award for Extraordinary Service in Defense of the Dignity of the Human Person.  Maria’s many years of service to WYA began in 2003, and she continues to serve as Director of Development at the WYA Foundation. Her dedication to the organization and to the mission in all ways makes her an ideal recipient of the award.

Born in Munich and raised in Rome, Maria first encountered the World Youth Alliance in 2000 during her participation in the Beijing +5 proceedings at the United Nations. In 2001, she was awarded a scholarship tour of Medieval Italy to study the writings of Dante Alighieri and Italian Renaissance Art. She graduated from Fordham University, New York in 2002 with a BA in Philosophy, Ethics and Italian and began what would become three years of teaching honors Italian at the Montfort Academy for boys in Katonah, New York. Maria has traveled extensively through Europe visiting England, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Spain, France and Italy with her family and husband, Christopher. She has studied Spanish and Latin, and is fluent in Italian and English. Maria joined the WYA staff part-time in 2003 and became the full-time Director of Development in 2005.

Purchase tickets by Monday, March 16th

Please direct all event inquiries to Alexis Kende (culture@wya.net).