Monday, April 22, 2013

Shot@Life #BirthdayBash: My interview with Anastasia Dellaccio

It's officially World Immunization Week, and Shot@Life, the UN Foundation organization that I am proud to be a part of, is hosting a #birthdaybash! Shot@Life Champions have been paired with one other as part of a getting-to-know-you mixer, and I've had the pleasure of connecting with Anastasia Dellaccio, a blogger, co-owner of Dolci Gelati, UN communications representative, and mom of two beautiful kids. 

As an official gelato connisseur, I was salivating over Dolci Gelati's flavor selections. I am counting on Anastasia to bring me some Mimosa (orange and champagne!) sorbetto when Dolci Gelati expands to Chicago ;)

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Where are you from and tell me a bit about your family?  
I am originally from Philadelphia but have been in Washington, DC for quite a while now.  My husband, Gianluigi is from Napoli, Italy and is a Pastry Chef/Culinary genius.  Gianluigi and I were introduced by a mutual friend and he won my heart when he made me a box of homemade chocolates on our second date.  Around the time we were married, the two of us opened Dolci Gelati together, an artisan, all natural gelato company.  Since then the company has grown so much!  We started out on the back of a vespa dropping samples at restaurants and now we have a store in Takoma Park, MD, carts at the National’s Ballpark and we sell to Whole Foods and other markets and restaurants throughout the area.

In addition to co-owning Dolci Gelati, I do outreach and communications for the United Nations Foundation which is basically my dream job.  I love what I do and that I get to go to work every day and help people around the world through communicating about and supporting the work of the United Nations.

In addition, I have the two cutest Philanthro-tots in the world, Gianluca, 3 ½ and Valentina 5.

Why did you decide to become/what inspired you to become a Shot@Life Champion?  
Out of all of the programs and campaigns we have at the United Nations Foundation, Shot@Life from the outset was the one that really touched my heart.  Living in America with two kids we have all of the luxuries and comforts and something like vaccines is so common we don’t even think of the repercussions that would happen if something so simple was just not available.  Mothers around the world are just like me however the struggle and stresses they go through, just to insure that they can get basic vaccines for their children is unimaginable.  Even though I work at the UN Foundation and can help the campaign to strategize and communicate, as a Mom I wanted to do more and become more involved.  I hope that I can use my status as a UN Foundation communications representative, as a  business owner and as a digitally connected mom to spread the word about the importance and effectiveness of childhood vaccines around the world.

What is your favorite Shot@Life slogan??? 
My favorite is a shot at learning to read, Valentina’s is a shot at eating ice cream and Gianluca’s is a shot at playing with trains.

Thanks, Anastasia, it was great learning a bit more about you - let's me up for a gelato the next time I'm in DC!
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