Fifth edition of “Il Bel Viaggio” for Progetto Itaca


Started in 2019 with the organisation of the first fundraising charity dinner, the Foundation’s collaboration with Progetto Itaca continues this year.

After the 2022 edition, also in 2023 the Fondazione Paolo e Giuliana Clerici organised the charity dinner “Il Bel Viaggio” together with the Fondazione Italiana Accenture ETS to support Progetto Itaca Milano, the association created to help the many people living with mental distress and their families.

Once again this year the event took place in the shadow of Anselm Kiefer’s “Seven Heavenly Palaces” in the splendid setting of the Pirelli HangarBicocca.

The evening was attended by over 400 guests, including many personalities from the world of business, show business and influencers: Greta Ferro, Marco Tronchetti Provera, Matteo Zanetti, Georges Paternoster, Sara Verde, Osvaldo Supino, Valeria Vedovatti, Roberta Zacchero, Katja Bokun.

Aperitif and placée dinner were catered by award-winning Chef Giancarlo Morelli. The exceptional host was Paolo Ruffini actor, director, scriptwriter and theatre producer, who has always had at heart raising awareness for the most fragile.

The beating heart of the evening was the fund-raising auction “Il Bel Viaggo”: 12 lots including objects and experiences of great beauty and very high quality donated by generous companies and philanthropists.

The funds will be dedicated in particular to two projects related to the development of social and working autonomy of people suffering from mental disorders: Club Itaca and JOB Stations.

Club Itaca is a centre for the development of social and labour autonomy of people with a history of mental distress. The Clubhouse is a daytime, non-sanitary, club-run facility where members engage in work units. All activities are aimed at recovering the rhythm of life and self-confidence. To date, 229 members are registered with Club Itaca Milano.

JOB Stations was set up in 2012 in cooperation with Fondazione Italiana Accenture ETS to fight stigma and social exclusion of people with mental disabilities through concrete professional opportunities to re-enter the world of work. To date, 9 JOB Stations have been activated in 7 different Italian cities and 115 people have been successfully placed in 30 companies.