2021 Columbus Day Parade

Mark Your Calendars! The Columbus Day Parade in New York City will be held on Monday, October 11, 2021

Unveiling of the Cabrini Statue in Battery Park

Governor Andrew Cuomo and CCF Board Chair Angelo Vivolo at the Mother Cabrini Statue unveiling in Battery Park, NYC

Italian Heritage & Achievement Celebration

We hope you enjoyed our Columbus Day broadcast on ABC-7. Check out highlights from the celebration!


December 03, 2020

Kate Ottavino

Founded in 1913, A. Ottavino Corporation is a NYC-based family business that has contributed its stonework to some of the most recognizable buildings and monuments in the City. 

In more recent decades, the corporation has been a frequent collaborator on important conservation projects in the region. The firm is unique in its ability to create, restore, dismantle, reconstruct and conserve ornate and monumental stone with in-house facilities and artisans. The restoration of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of their most renowned works. Recently, the firm completed the restoration of the Brooklyn Appellate Court and the Whitney Museum.

Kate Ottavino continues the family legacy as one of the members of the third generation to manage the firm’s work. And significantly she has been at the forefront of the movement to assure skills-training in stone cutting, fabrication, finishing work, and conservation is a vibrant part of curricula in career and technical high-school education. 

This evening will be a great conversation with one of the Italian American firms that has contributed to the streetscape we hold dear.

December 01, 2020

Scholarship Bio: Julia Ward

Meet Julia Ward, a CCF High School Scholarship Recipient currently attending Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY

“In 2020 Julia Ward’s life has been shaped around many things, but her family has always been the most important element in her growth into adulthood. She comes from a long line of strong Italian women who all have amazing stories to tell about their lives and what it was like adapting to their new country. Although she lives far away from her extended family, they always make the effort to get together and celebrate, whether it’s to simply chat for a few hours on a Saturday, to celebrate Christmas Eve with the seven fishes, or to listen to her great-uncle’s stories. Julia believes the most important thing that has come from her Italian American family is her personality, she says she would be a very boring person had she not been born into her family.”

November 13, 2020

A Quarantine Christmas with Vanessa Racci

Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 PM EST
Live Stream Musical Event
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November 11, 2020

The Taverna Launches Sunday Dinner

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Sunday Dinner hours for our Members - which will include traditional dishes available only on Sundays! Bookings of up to ten are allowed, and reservations must be made in advance.

November 01, 2020

Scholarship Bio: James Compito

Meet James Compito, a dual CCF Elementary and High School Scholarship Recipient currently attending Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY

“High school sophomore James Compito is not only a star student with a 101 overall academic average, but also is involved in athletics at his school, Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY. He plays wide receiver and defensive back on Burke’s football team and point guard and shooting guard on the basketball team. When he is not hitting the books or playing sports, he spends a lot of time with his friends and family, especially his nonna and nonno.”

October 15, 2020

The Importance of the Mother Cabrini Statue - Unveiled Live on Columbus Day 2020

Please enjoy this video on the significance and meaning of the Mother Cabrini Statue in Battery Park.

As a part of Monday's Columbus Day celebrations, our 2020 Grand Marshal Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined by our Celebration Chair Angelo Vivolo for a live unveiling of the Mother Cabrini statue. The stunning new monument can be found in Battery Park, and faces Lady Liberty in the near distant harbor.

October 01, 2020

Scholarship Bio: Valentina Papeo

Meet Valentina Papeo, a current student at St. Francis College in her last semester of a 5-year BS/MS Program in Accounting

“The Papeo family got involved with CCF through their grammar school principal at St. Bernadette Catholic Academy in Brooklyn. It was important to the family that Valentina and her brother continued to attend Catholic schools into their high school years. However, this dream seemed far from reality since their mother was struggling with figuring out how to pay tuition for two Catholic high schools.”


The Columbus Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement.