It is the mission of the Foundation to raise money for local non-profits through events such as the San Gennaro Festival, which celebrates the Patron Saint of Naples, the Blood Miracle of St. Gennaro, and the contribution of Italian Americans to the Northwest.
The San Gennaro Foundation is a non-profit organization, created in 2013 to honor St Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples, and his commitment to help people in need. It is the goal of the Foundation to raise money through events such as the San Gennaro Festival, which celebrates the Patron Saint of Naples, the Blood Miracle of St. Gennaro, and the contribution of Italian Americans to the Northwest. We are planning a fun filled event with plenty of entertainment, great food, and interesting exhibits. We will also have the participation of the Puget Sound Blood Center and will hold a blood drive during the event, in honor of the Blood Miracle of St Gennaro. Each year the foundation chooses local charities to donate a portion of the proceeds. Past charities include: Treehouse, Camp Goodtimes, and Bloodworks NW.
The Feast of San Gennaro, originally a one-day religious commemoration, arrived in the United States in September 1926 when immigrants from Naples congregated along Mulberry Street in the Little Italy section of Manhattan in New York City, to continue the tradition they had followed in Italy to celebrate Saint Januarius, the Patron Saint of Naples. His feast day is September 19 in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.
In 2013, a group of Italians in Seattle decided to bring this wonderful tradition here! The first San Gennaro Festival was able to donate just $1000, and we've grown to donating over $15,000 per year.