Information about the Coccia Foundation

After 18 years as President and Founder of Coccia Foundation, Cavaliere  Joseph Coccia, Jr., passed the torch to his daughter Elisa Coccia, at their
annual Italian Studies Grand Cocktail Reception at The Estate at Florentine Gardens on September 17, 2012.

Coccia Foundation was founded in 1994 by Cavaliere Joseph Coccia, Jr. and his wife Elda. The Foundation establishes and supports various
educational, cultural, and societal events for the youth of the Italian and Italian-American community, particularly those organized within institutions of
higher education. The essential goal of the Foundation is not only to promote awareness of Italian and Italian American culture, history and societal
contributions, but to celebrate and preseve those ethoses for the younger generations of Italian-Americans in the United States, as well as those other
backgrounds and ethnicities who are interested in discovering all things Italian.

Through the creation of scholarships, study abroad programs and cultural events, as well as through the establishment of associations and alliances
between students, the Coccia Foundation strives to develop and foster long-term relationships between young people and society as a whole. The
Foundation's programs aid these young people as they enter society with a sense of pride in thier heritage and with goals to continue in the mission of
the Foundation as they embark on their adult lives.

The Coccia Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Family Foundation located in Saddle Brook, NJ.

Please direct all press inquiries to:

Elisa Coccia, President
23 Leswing Avenue
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
(201) 712-1010

Coccia Foundation Initiatives and Programs


Founding Board:
Joseph Coccia Jr., Chair
Elda Coccia
Elisa Coccia
Joseph Coccia III
Genevieve  Nicastro
Marisa Coccia Kettelhut

Francis Bimonte
Michael Grillo, Student Liaison
Thomas Daidone
Robert O. Russano, DDS

Honorary Trustees:
Cav Peter Caruso
Salvatore A. Davino
Stuart R. Miller
Cav. N. Lawrence Paragano
Cav. Larry R. Inserra Jr.