NIAFjpgYou’re running out of time! Book your reservations for NIAF’s 39th Anniversary Gala Weekend, October 24-26, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Celebrate your heritage! Embrace your legacy! Come to the Party! Tickets and tables are selling fast, so don’t wait!

E mmy Award-winning journalist and Fox News Anchor Maria Bartiromo and comedian and actor Joe Piscopo will cohost the weekend’s Gala Awards Dinner, where guests will mingle with stars and personalities, dine on a Lombardia-inspired dinner, and salute the evening’s distinguished honorees:

  • Pino Cicala, Founder and Editor of AMICO and Antenna Italia Radio-TV
  • David Cordani, President and CEO of Cigna Corporation
  • Daniel A. D’Aniello, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Carlyle Group
  • Susan Molinari, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations at Google
  • Pasqualino Monti, President of the Port Authority of Rome Civitavecchia
  • John Turturro, actor, writer and director

The Gala weekend schedule is jam packed with socializing, networking, receptions, wine tastings, seminars, lots of entertainment, and pre-Gala Dinner receptions! Saturday’s agenda includes NIAF’s Networking Breakfast; an engaging and important panel on anti-defamation; a special screening of the upcoming PBS documentary series “The Italian Americans,” which airs in February 2015; the always sold-out Wine Tasting; the annual and lively “Ieri, Oggi, Domani” State of the Community discussion; and, for those of stout Italian heart and soul, the NIAF After Hours Party!

Deal You In? NIAF’s “The Wildest Comes to Washington” Casino Night!
NIAF’s “The Wildest Comes to Washington” Casino Night, on Friday, October 24, of the Gala weekend, promises to be one wild evening! And it’s open to the public! Featuring open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing, raffles and prizes, and plenty of action at the casino tables, the evening’s gonna bust open when eight-piece band Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses bring their high-energy big band sound to the stage! Prima Jr., son of the legendary Louis Prima, and the band will be performing songs from their latest album “Blow,” featuring a mix of edgy jazz, simmering soul and swaggering rock ‘n’ roll. Reserve your seats today at  For sponsorship information,click here.

Register For The Gala Now!
Among the many benefits NIAF members receive are discounts to the Gala and all of the weekend events! So, non-members, join NIAF before registering and save! Visit

Hotel Reservations: Book directly on the Hilton website at or call the Hilton directly at 202-483-3000 and refer to the “NIAF” room block.

Gala Sponsorships: Give back to the Italian American community and support NIAF’s mission! Different levels of sponsorship are available for individuals, families, and corporations. Sponsor benefits beyond Gala seating include electronic ads that appear throughout the Gala Awards Dinner on the Hilton’s three ballroom monitors, advertising in NIAF’s magazine Ambassador, and more! For more information, click here.

Open House at NIAF Headquarters!
Join us on Friday, October 24, from noon to 5 p.m., at NIAF Headquarters, your Italian American Embassy in the Nation’s Capital, for an Open House! We’ll be unveiling the new NIAF Learning Center and other headquarters renovations. Leave a legacy footprint at NIAF Headquarters by recording your family memories. Light refreshments available throughout the day. Free and open to the public!

NIAF Central is back!
During Gala Weekend, enjoy the familiar tastes, sights and sounds of Italian American life as you take a stroll through our very own Italian American neighborhood and marketplace, NIAF Central, open Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Listen to live music, sample Italian foods and beverages, products and services, and more, as you mingle amongst the Italian and Italian American Exhibitors. Vendors include Mike’s Deli, Peroni, igourmet, The Italian Garden Project, Silpada Designs, The Italian Americans companion book, and Michele Wilber, author of the Italian Cookbook “She speaks in Sauce

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