Save the Date!

Mario Lanza Ball Weekend
November 1 – 3, 2019

Carole Shea Welcoming Dinner
November 1, 2019 5:00 pm

La Viola West Restaurant (252 S 16th Street)

3 course dinner. $49 BYOB

Reservations for this event only must be booked through Carole Shea at [email protected].

Mario Lanza Movie night
Saturday November 2, 2019 6:30 pm

Mario Lanza Museum (1214 Reed St)

A special screening of “That Midnight Kiss” to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the film’s premiere. Reception to follow.

$20 per person.

Mario Lanza Ball
Sunday, November 3, 2019 5:00 pm.

DoubleTree Hotel (Broad and Locust Streets)

Cocktail Hour

Scholarship Winner’s concert

Two video presentations devoted to Mario Lanza.

Frank Tenaglia posthumous award ceremony and video tribute presentation.

Dinner and Dancing to the Tony Dee Orchestra

$165 per person.

Overnight accommodations are available at the DoubleTree Hotel for $189 per night plus tax.

Rooms must be booked by October 1, 2019 to get this special rate.

Call 215-893-1600 to make a reservation.

If you cannot attend please consider making a donation by clicking on the donate button or by sending a check to

Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148

For more information call 215-238-9691 or email [email protected].

Capital Campaign

The Mario Lanza Institute and Museum is losing its lease as the building that houses the space we occupy is being sold to a developer. We are interested in a location but before we can move in, some renovation will need to be done.

Time is of the essence and your support now is needed more than ever so please consider making a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too small and whatever you can afford to give will be greatly appreciated and of considerable help.

To make an online donation, using a credit card or PayPal, please click the button below:

Contributions made by check or money order should be made out to Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to the following address:

Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148

An interview with MLI President Bill Ronayne about the Capital Campaign Fund.

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Note: It takes about a minute before the interview starts. Listen all the way to the end to hear Mario Lanza sing two songs.

Another Interview with Bill Ronayne, on Radio Voice Italia

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30 minutes with Bill Ronayne of the Mario Lanza Institute

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Mario Lanza Ball Weekend

Response Card and Menu

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Annual Gala 2019 Menu

(Double Tree Hotel, November 3, 2019)

First Course
Traditional Italian Wedding Soup

Main Course
Petite Filet Mignon (7 oz.)
Roasted shallot demi-glaze, herb roasted redskin potatoes, cracked pepper broccoli crowns.

Dessert Course
Mario Plate
Cheese Cake with Macerated Strawberries

Coffee and Tea


The Mario Lanza Institute, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, honors the memory of the late, great singer by sponsoring scholarships to promising young singers to further their training and careers. More than 200 scholarships have been awarded and many of the recipients have gone on to perform at major opera houses. The scholarships are awarded to winners of an annual competition. Vocal auditions are held in October. In November, a Mario Lanza Institute announces the winners at the annual Ball.

The Institute also houses a museum featuring photos and artifacts related to Mario Lanza. Holdings include clothing worn by Mario, original movie posters, boxing gloves he used in his youth, and some of his gold records If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to Mario Lanza Institute and mail to the following address: Mario Lanza Institute PO Box 54624 Philadelphia, PA 19148


Please note that all correspondence including inquiries, mail orders, donations and Associate Member renewals etc. should be sent to the following address only:

Mario Lanza Institute
PO Box 54624
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Scholarship Winners: L-R: Daniel Rich (First Place), Mackenzie Gotcher (Second Place), Claire De Monteil (Third Place) and accompanist Luke Housner.
The Mummer’s Strut at the Ball
The Mummer’s Strut at the Ball
Elaine Malbin and Joanne Palladino at the Cocktail Hour.