The National Italian American Foundation’s Annual New York Gala

Dolce was on-hand to cover the National Italian American Foundation’s annual New York Gala at Cipriani in New York City. The foundation (NIAF) honored members from the Italian-American community including Anthony Scaramucci, SkyBridge Capital founder and advisor to President Donald J. Trump. Vincent A. Cino, Chairman, Jackson Lewis P.C., Cooking with Nonna host and author, Rossella Rago and Shirley and Vernon W. Hill, II, founders of InterArch and Metro Bank respectively.
From left: Anthony Scaramucci, Rosella Rago, Alfio
Gerard La Rocca, a member of NIAF’s Board of Directors and chief administrative officer, Americas, Barclays Capital said “tonight’s honorees represent the very best from the Italian-American community. They continue the legacy of those who came before them with their contributions to help make America what it is today.”
Anthony Scaramucci was humbled to be recognized by NIAF and credited his family for the love and support he had while being able to become anything he wanted living in the greatest country on earth. Rosella Rago also thanked her parents, who immigrated from Puglia in the 1970’s, for allowing her to follow her passion in media. Rosella’s ‘Cooking With Nonna’ cookbook topped Amazon’s bestseller list for Italian cooking.
Hosted by Joe Piscopo with performances by the Sicilian Tenors and by Alfio, the Australian-Italian signer who mused “I’ve been back in New York a week and am still experiencing jetlag. Still, I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to sing to so many people who are so passionate about Italian music and culture.”
Of notable interest to New Yorkers was the awarding of the third annual Mario M. Cuomo Award in Public Service to Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), Maria T. Vullo. Ms. Vullo was appointed to her post by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo – the Award is named for his father.
NIAF is the largest and most faithful representative of over 25 million Italian Americans living in the United States.The two most important objectives that the NIAF aims are to ensure that Italian Americans continue to keep alive and present the rich heritage of their values ​​and cultural traditions, and to make sure that the Italian American community preserves and remembers the great contribution Italians have made to the history and progress of the United States.
Proceeds from NIAF’s New York Gala will benefit the Foundation’s philanthropic and educational programs. For more information please click to visit: National Italian American Foundation