About Us



This year marks our 43rd anniversary as an organization that is dedicated to children, families and the fostering of the Italian-American heritage and culture. The Italian American Association of the Township of Ocean (IAATO) was started by a few dedicated members, and over the years, has grown into a membership that is now over 400 strong!

Due to our growth we have been able to accomplish many of our goals as a club, and increase many levels of service to our community. We recently purchased and rebuilt a new Italian Cultural Center, which serves as our headquarters. We are proud to announce it’s world class banquet facility, classrooms, meeting rooms and Resource Center.

We also provide children with weekly Italian language classes, a wide choice of classes for adults in our Italian Culture Series at Brookdale College, and thousands of dollars in scholarships for students that pursue Italian Studies. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Explorers, Little Leaguers and many others have also benefited by receiving funds and play ground equipment.

Our five day Italian Festival annually attracts over 100,000 people with a taste for our traditional foods and wholesome family fun. IAATO welcomes you to visit our Festival Pages if you’ve missed the fun this year.