Columbus Celebration Gala


It's a tradition that dates back to 1944, the year the Columbus Citizens Foundation's predecessor organization was incorporated. On the weekend before Columbus Day, Foundation Members and their guests meet for an evening of friendship and entertainment that celebrates the strong bonds between Italian Americans and the United States while raising funds for scholarships. 

During the Gala, the Foundation pays tribute to the year's honorees and the Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day Parade. These men and women share several characteristics: they are leaders in their chosen fields, they are deeply committed to their families, and they are grateful for the opportunities their families have received in America, as well as the Italian heritage that they hold dear. 

The Gala stage has seen performances by exceptional singers from many categories of music: including: the cast of "Jersey Boys," Barry Manilow, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Il Volo, opera tenor Salvatore Licitra, and scores of other outstanding talents. 
All proceeds from the Columbus Celebration Gala benefit the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.