Recent Events

Thursday, January 26
Emilia-Romagna Regional Dinner

The Food & Beverage and Events Committees invite you to the Emilia-Romagna Regional Dinner. The evening will be held on the first floor of the Townhouse on Thursday, January 26 at 6PM. We encourage you to read this article from La Cucina Italiana before the dinner.

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Tuesday, January 24
An Evening with Filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley

Join us for an evening with filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley for a conversation about the Piccirilli brothers and their outsize influence on American public sculpture. Eduardo’s work on Daniel Chester French: An American Sculptor led to the discovery that these extraordinary Italian craftsmen were a part of some of the most revered public art works critical to the formation of American identity. From the beloved lions in front of the NY Public Library to the Lincoln in Washington, DC , the Piccirilli studio brought unparalleled talent and craft traditions to an enthusiastic sculptural campaign designed to remind Americans of the important figures and events contributing to American pride. Across NYC, their work remains on display whether it is the Maine Monument at the entrance to Central Park, Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village, the Firemen’s Memorial in Riverside Park, or Youth Leading Industry in Rockefeller Center.

On Tuesday, January 24. Columbus Citizens Foundation is delighted to welcome Eduardo Montes-Bradley, who will tell us about his journey of discovery and share excerpts from Daniel Chester French: An American Sculptor.  And we will learn about the work he is doing on The Italian Factor,  a documentary on the Piccirilli brothers and their importance to the American landscape.

Many will remember Eduardo from the segment on the Piccirilli Brothers aired during the Columbus Day Parade broadcast on ABC7.

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Saturday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Celebration


Black Tie. Live Music.


Sunday, December 11:
Children’s Christmas Party

1:00 PM TO 5:00 PM - $60 PER ADULT / $30 PER CHILD

Live entertainment and a holiday luncheon await - a perfect way to enjoy the Townhouse this holiday season with family, especially your favorite children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.


Saturday, December 10:
Traditional Italian Christmas Dinner


Tuesday, December 6:
LAX Presents Festa di Natale Luncheon & Boutique

Shopping Boutique followed by Christmas Luncheon.


Friday, December 2:
Regional Dinner: A Taste Of Tuscany

Shopping Boutique followed by Christmas Luncheon.


Wednesday, November 30 - YAA Invites You To Sip, Shop, and Style with Cynthia Rowley

RSVP to Melissa Conlon, YAA Chair, by November 28 at

Giving Tuesday, November 29:

Giving Tuesday is the annual global day of charitable giving, and CCF is participating to raise funds for our Scholarship Program. Since 2019 Giving Tuesday has raised nearly $95,000 to assist deserving Italian American students. We hope to continue this tradition in 2022. Please donate in support of our Giving Tuesday campaign on Tuesday, November 29. Those who donate $100 or above will receive a special gift to be revealed on Giving Tuesday! You will also hear from one special CCF scholarship recipient on how the scholarship has helped her achieve her educational goals. For anyone wishing to make a contribution in advance, please use the donate button below:


Thursday, November 24:
Thanksgiving at the Townhouse

For Members of Columbus Citizens Foundation, space is still available for Thanksgiving at the Townhouse. Celebrate Thanksgiving with a 2PM seating that features a mixture of traditional dishes, and Italian specialties! $115 per adult, including house wines, and $45 per child. Space will fill up quickly, so be sure to make your booking today.


Tuesday, November 15:
A Fireside Chat with Maria Bartiromo

Join us for a fireside chat with Board Member Maria Bartiromo. The reception begins at 6:00 PM, and the program starts promptly at 6:30 PM.


Monday, November 14:
CCF Scholarship Applications Open

Scholarships are available for students who are incoming high school, college, and medical school freshman in the 2023-2024 academic year on November 14. Please follow CCF on your social networks, help us spread the word, and stay tuned for the application link at!


Saturday, November 12:
Children's Program with Simona Rodano at the Townhouse

Columbus Citizens Foundation in partnership with Italian American Committee on Education is thrilled to announce a Fall Workshops with Simona Rodano. Italian Language and Culture will come to life with interactive sessions led by Simona through her beloved character La Fata Italiana. This session runs from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM on November 12 for children 5-10 years old. Each session will include games, music, and crafts. The cost to CCF members is $5 per child and refreshments will be provided.


 YAA Presents Casino Night -
Saturday, November 12

Celebrate Casino Night with the Young Adults Auxiliay. All net proceeds benefit the Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship Program


Saturday, November 5 - An Evening with Composer & Pianist Cristian a Pegoraro

Join us Saturday, November 5 for an evening with pianist & composer Cristiana Pegoraro. The concert at the Townhouse will be open to the public. Members wishing to make a dinner reservation in the Taverna following the performance can contact Marguerite Zappa at


Wednesday, November 2
Carla Gambescia at the Townhouse

Make your bookings for Wednesday, November 2, for "Italy: The World's Superpower" with Carla Gambescia.All attendees will receive a copy of Carla's 2nd edition of her award-winning book, La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z. Join us for this fascinating exploration of how Italy arose like a phoenix from the ashes and devastation of World War II to transform from the face of Il Duce to the land of La Dolce Vita.



Tuesday, November 1
Umberto Mucci of We The Italians presents the Italian American Reputation Lab 2022 Annual Report

Join Umberto Mucci of We The Italians on the presentation of a recent report produced through the Italian American Reputation Lab on Tuesday, November 1.The event is $15 and open to non-members. Reception begins at 6:00 PM, program starts at 6:30 PM. Please be advised of our business attire dress code - no sneakers or jeans. Members wishing to make a dinner reservation in the Taverna following the performance can contact Marguerite Zappa at


Saturday, October 29
Songs From The Prohibition Era with Vanessa Racci and her Band

If you missed Vanessa Racci on the Red Carpet at the Columbus Day Parade, you can still celebrate Italian Heritage Month with her performance at the Townhouse.

Vanessa and her band return to the Townhouse for Songs From The Prohibition Era with a jazzy selection of Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, & more. Transport yourself back in time with cocktails sounds of the roaring 20s and 1930s. We encourage you to wear your Jazz Age best. Cocktails: 6:15pm // Performance: 7:00-8:00pm // Cost: $45 per person. 


Tuesday, October 25 - Italy's Spirits of the Night: Fact, Fiction, & Folklore

On Tuesday, October 25, the LAX Presents Italy's Spirits of the Night: Fact, Fiction, & Folklore. All are welcome to join us for cocktails and hors d'ouvres beginning at 6:30 PM. The author lecture is led by Karyn Crisis, author of "Italian Magic: Secret Lives of Women" and "Italy's Witches and Medicine Women."

Friday, October 21 - Film Screening: La Porta dell'Inferno

Join us on Friday, October 21 to screen Michael Cavalieri’s new film, La Porta dell'Inferno. The Award-winning Actor/Writer/Director of Ritornato will join us for a conversation after the screening to talk about what inspired him to make this film, his second set in Sicily.


Saturday, October 15 - A Performance by Italian Tenor Luca Minnelli

Our CCF Career Chats series continues with a presentation on Corporate Communications by CCF Member Richard Torrenzano. To receive your Zoom link, please make sure you RSVP via this form or email Madi Rathkamp, coordinator of the CCF Scholarship program.


CCF Writing Workshop with Charles Alaimo - Tuesday, October 11

Columbus Celebration Weekend

Wednesday, September 21 - An Evening Curated by Berardo Paradiso of the SoHo Chapter of L’Accademia Italiana della Cucina

We are pleased to announce a special evening for CCF Members to enjoy the cuisine of Southern Italy.

The evening is curated by Berardo Paradiso of the SoHo Chapter of L’Accademia Italiana della Cucina. Please join us on Wednesday, September 21
Reception at 7:30 PM, Dinner at 8:00 PM. The cost for CCF Members and their guests is $72 per person + service and tax. The price includes the reception, three courses, dessert, and house wines


Tuesday, September 20 at 6PM
A Lecture from the Cooley's Anemia Foundation

Thalassemia (aka Cooley's anemia) is a genetic blood disorder that disproportionately affects people of Italian descent, resulting in a life-threatening anemia. On Tuesday, September 20, members of the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, including CCF Members Peter Chieco and Frank Somma, will provide valuable information on this difficult disorder, including how people can find out if they carry the trait and what is being done to fight thalassemia and how the Italian American community has been affected and involved



Monday, September 12 - A Conversation with NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli


Thursday September 8 - An Evening with Professor Grabar

Our first opportunity to welcome you back for an event will be September 8 when we will have an evening with Professor Mary Grabar from the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York. She has published many articles and two books, Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America (2019) and Debunking The 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America (2021). 

The event is held in partnership with Columbus Heritage Coalition and made possible through support from the National Italian American Foundation.

There will be a reception at 6pm and the program will begin at 6:30 PM. 


Tuesday, July 26 - Sicily Regional Dinner



Wednesday, July 20 - It's Never Too Early To Speak About Columbus
- A Lecture with Dr. Anthony Tamburri


Thursday, July 14 - Shore Dinner


Wednesday, June 29 - Sports Management & Investment Lecture with CCF Member Jerry Parisi


Monday, June 27 - Opera Italiana Is In The Air presents "Rebuild Harmony"

Details Live-Stream

Friday, June 24 - An Evening of Song with Charlie Romo


Tuesday, June 21 - A Conversation with Dr. Visco


Tuesday, June 21 - The Italian Consulate Presents Do You Really Know Italy?


Saturday, June 18 - HEIRLOOM: Documentary Short Screening, Cocktail Reception & Discussion


Ladies Auxiliary Presents A Mozzarrella-Making Workshop - Thursday, June 16 at 6:00 PM


Meet The Candidates, June 13 - A Conversation with Governor Kathy Hochul


Thursday, June 9 - Pasta Night


Young Adults Auxiliary Primavera Social - Saturday, June 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM


Wednesday June 1 - VIRTUAL Italian Citizenship Discussion with Peter Farina


Saturday, May 21

Young Adults Auxiliary of Columbus Citizens Foundation Presents A Great Gatsby Gala
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 7:00 PM

TJoin the YAA on Saturday, May 21 at 7 PM at the CCF Townhouse for A Great Gatsby Gala. Admission includes Dinner, Drinks, 2 Raffle Tickets, and entertainment.

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Location: Columbus Citizens Foundation Townhouse
8 East 69th Street New York, NY

Tickets: $125 in advance / $150 at the door
RSVP Online
or call (212)249-9923 x233 to purchase by Member account.
Dress Code: Jacket and Tie required. Theme attire encouraged.
All Net Proceeds Benefit Columbus Citizens Foundation Scholarship Fund. 

Saturday, May 21

Buggin' Out with Natalia Vedalia with Children's Author & CCF Scholar Angela Carcione

On Saturday, May 21, join former CCF Scholar, teacher, and author Angela Carcione for a special event at the Townhouse. Her recently released children's book Buggin' Out with Natalia Vedalia will be given as a gift to all participants under 14. We hope this will be the first of many new CCF family events. The event is open to all CCF families, and it is especially great for kids 6 and up
We will meet at the Townhouse for check-in and refreshments. Then we will take advantage of being so close to Central Park for a guided nature walk. After our time in the Park, we will come back to the Townhouse, where Angela will read from her new book, followed by lunch in the Taverna. Our day ends with special activities and crafts in the Private Dining Room. 

The event will also feature the participation of the book's illustrator, Annamarie Carcione, so all our guests will learn firsthand about creating a book that entertains and educates.

Space is limited so be sure to RSVP today and bring the young science, nature, and crafts enthusiasts to this unique CCF event!  The cost is $18 per adult and $12 for children under 12.


Wednesday, May 18

Meet The Candidates: A Conversation with Rob Astorino
May 18 at 6PM

Columbus Citizens Foundation and Columbus Heritage Coalition are proud to partner for a series of events that will allow you to meet the potential candidates for November's New York State Gubernatorial Election.

The third event in this series is on Wednesday, May 18 at 6 PM with Rob Astorino, a Republican candidate in the 2022 gubernatorial race.

CCF Members attending this event will also have the option to reserve a table in the Taverna following this event. Please note, Taverna bookings must be made by CCF Members in good standing only.


Tuesday, May 17

A Fireside Chat with CCF Member Frank Somma on Zoom

Fireside Chat with CCF Member and 2022 High School Scholarship Committee Chair Frank Somma will now be a free event on Zoom. Frank is a sales expert, speaker, fundraiser, former national president of The Cooley's Anemia Foundation, and author of B2B is Really P2P - How to Win with High Touch in a High Tech World. Find the Zoom link below for his discussion on the communication secrets of charismatic people.

Zoom Link

Thursday, May 12

Guided Honey Tasting of Five Italian Honeys with Marina Marchese


Join us on Thursday, May 12 at 6 PM for a sweet evening with C. Marina Marchese, beekeeper, author, and American’s only honey expert trained in Italy. Marina will demystify the secret world of bees and how they produce honey.

We’ll take a delicious tour of single-origin Italian honeys, their botanical sources, the regions they were produced with a lively discussion about their flavors.


Tuesday, May 10

A Virtual CCF Career Chat with Dr. Marissa Lombardo MD


Columbus Citizens Foundation is pleased to invite you to this special event with Marissa Lombardo, MD.

This free CCF Career Chat will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 PM ET. Dr. Lombardo is a Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Vascular Imaging & Nuclear Cardiology. She is an active member of the Alumni Associations of CUNY Hunter College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is an active member and current Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. This Career Chat is sure to be of interest to anyone pursuing a career in the medical field.

To receive your Zoom link, please make sure you RSVP via this form, or by emailing Madi Rathkamp, coordinator, CCF Scholarship program.



Sunday, May 8

Mother's Day


Mothers anchor, support and provide unconditional love to their families. We will make their day extra special with our annual Mother’s Day dinner!

Adults - $130
Children (under 12 years old) - $65



Wednesday, May 4

CCF Ladies Auxiliary Presents Festa Infiorata

join us at our upcoming LAX event, Festa Infiorata, on Wednesday, May 4.

In addition to a boutique and luncheon, the afternoon will feature a fashion show and trunk show presented by Max Mara and Marina Rinaldi. We will holding our traditional 50/50 and MegaBuck raffles, and for the first time, guests will be able to purchase raffle tickets via credit card at the event.

RSVPs may be made by emailing Marguerite Zappa at



Thusday, April 28

A Discussion with Dr. Tom Catena

As a reminder, on Thursday, April 28, we will host A Discussion with Dr. Tom Catena, a Catholic medical missionary serving in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.

The award-winning Dr. Catena serves as the only surgeon for 1.3 million people in Sudan. RSVP today - you will not want to miss the presentation! The event at the Townhouse begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 PM.

Monday, April 25

A Conversation with Congressman Lee Zeldin

Columbus Citizens Foundation and Columbus Heritage Coalition are proud to partner for a series of events that will allow you to meet the potential candidates for November's New York State Gubernatorial Election. The second event in this series will be on Monday, April 25 at 5 PM with Congressman Lee Zeldin, who is campaigning as a Republican in the 2022 gubernatorial race. Following the event, attendees also have the option to reserve for a simple buffet dinner for $60 per person.

Tuesday, April 19

A Conversation with Daniel Nigro

Come join us at the Townhouse on Tuesday, April 19 as we celebrate the incredible career of former FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

Many of you will remember Commissioner Nigro as our 2021 Columbus Celebration Humanitarian of the Year. This intimate event is free to CCF Members and will include a cocktail reception, followed by a lecture and discussion of Nigro's years of service to New York City.



Sunday, April, 17

Easter at the Townhouse

This is a Members-only event, with a traditional Easter menu including:
Colored eggs, Easter candy & chocolates for the kids!

Tuesday, April 12

A Reconsideration of Italian American Cinema
with CCF Member Dr. Anthony Tamburri

On Tuesday, April 12, join us at the Townhouse for A Reconsideration of Italian / American Cinema with CCF Member, Dr. Anthony Tamburri.

A 6 PM cocktail reception will precede Dr. Tamburri's engaging overview of Italian American filmmaking. The event is $35 and includes a copy of Tamburri's book, Signing Italian/American Cinema: A More Focused Look.

Thursday, April 7

The Growing Movement for Prosecution Reform A Fireside Chat with CCF Scholar & Author Vincenzo Guido

Join us on Thursday, April 7, as we welcome former CCF college scholarship recipient Vincenzo Guido to discuss his book, Rethinking Justice. This topical discussion will focus on the growing movement across the United States for prosecution reform, making an argument for a greater focus on rehabilitation and restorative justice.

RSVP today! The cost is $35, and it will also include a cocktail reception in advance of the lecture and a copy of his debut release Rethinking Justice: Inside America's Movement for Prosecution Reform.


Friday, April 1

A Capri Inspired Evening featuring a themed dinner and a reading from Arthur Cola's Murder on Capri

Come join us at the Townhouse on Friday, April 1 in a Capri styled dinner and celebration!

We will be joined by author Arthur Cola, as he reads from his latest novel - Murder on Capri. Following the reading, all will join us for a special dinner featuring food and wines from the beloved Italian island.

Reception at 6:00 PM
Cocktails and themed hors d'oeuvres

Murder on Capri Book Reading & Lecture at 6:30 PM

Dinner at 7:15 PM
Menu will include regional dishes, fresh seafood, and appropriate wine pairing with the meal. More details to follow.

$140 per person includes cocktail hour, lecture, "Murder on Capri" signed book, dinner, featured wines, and traditional desserts.  All other beverages to be charged on consumption.


Thursday, March 31

The Quest for Albanian Freedom in the Balkans
An Evening with CCF Member & Former Congressman
Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi

Join us on Thursday, March 31, as we welcome Joe DioGuardi to share content from the new ground-breaking book, The Quest for Albanian Freedom and the End of Yugoslavia: Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi and the Albanian American Civic League 1985-1993.

Attendees will receive copies of this new book, as well as an exclusive 20-page booklet on the historical partnership between Italians and Albanians.

The cost is $40, and it will also include a cocktail reception in advance of the lecture. 

RSVP today for an opportunity to learn more about the Albanian struggle for independence, as well as the unique relationship between Italians and Albanians. 

Thursday, March 24

The Marquis of Roccaverdina: A Translation of Luigi Capuana’s Masterpiece by CCF Member Santi Buscemi

On Thursday, March 24, CCF Member Santi Buscemi will discuss his translation of The Marquis of Roccaverdina, which brings a masterpiece of Italian literature to English-language readers and sheds light on life in an important era of Italy’s modern history.


Saturday, March 19

Feast of San Giuseppe

This is a Members-only event.
Come join us at the Townhouse on Saturday, March 19 to celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Joseph with food, drink, and music. Price is $140 per person.

Reception at 6:00 PM
Cocktails and special hors d'oeuvres

Dinner at 7:00 PM
  • Fried Sardines for the table
  • Choice of Perciatelli con Sarde or Pasta alla Norma
  • Choice of Swordfish Involtini, Roasted Loin of Veal, or Pollo alla Puttanesaca
All entries served with broccoli rabe & rosemary roasted potatoes

Live Music throughout the evening, featuring Dominic Karcic.

$140 per person includes cocktail hour, dinner, featured Sicilian wines with dinner, and traditional Feast of San Giuseppe desserts.  All other beverages on consumption.

RSVP online by clicking below - or by emailing Marguerite at

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours in advance, or you will be subject to full charge.


Tuesday, March 8

The History, Evolution, & Challenges of Human Resources

On Tuesday, March 8, please join us for the first of two Fireside Chats at the Townhouse with CCF Members Charles and Gabriella Alaimo.The first session will focus on the history and evolution of human resources and its many facets from hiring to company culture, to the modern challenges organizations face in the age of COVID.


Tuesday, March 1

Join us in the Townhouse, as we welcome Carla Gambescia for a special "Fat Tuesday" lecture, including an engaging Q & A trivia challenge. Carla will share little-known backstories of La Serenissima and its extraordinary, and often unrecognized, legacy of ingenuity and inventiveness as well as its opulent and captivating history. This event will be a truly joyful celebration of why we all love Italy and, of course, Venezia! Admission is $35 per person, and all attendees will receive a special Carnevale mask to take home.


Two Valentine's Day Events

On Saturday, February 12, the Taverna will feature a special menu and live music by Dominic, a frequent performer at the Townhouse. Reserve your table now for either 6PM or 8PM. Our Valentine’s Day menu is $85 per person and includes a complimentary glass of prosecco. Chocolates and Roses are our gift to you that evening.

On Saturday, February 19, we will be offering a special dinner with Charlie Romo and Vanessa Racci performing An Evening of Love Songs for your Valentine. Join us for cocktails, the performance, dinner, and a special dessert. The cost is $135 per person. Beverages served during dinner will be billed on consumption. Book now to reserve your table!

Thursday, February 3

Join us on Thursday, February 3 at 5:30 pm for a CCF Career Chat with Spencer Rathkamp, marketing strategist and professional cyclist. CCF Career Chats feature our Members, friends, and former scholars providing insights and advice about specific career paths to our current CCF Scholarship recipients.


Thursday, January 27

On January 27 at 6pm CCF held an evening with Monsignor Hilary Franco as he discussed his deeply moving spiritual memoir, Six Popes: A Son Of The Church Remembers. The event was also livestreamed and included a copy of his new book.

Tuesday, January 18

This presentation will describe the Barbacci family journey from Italy to America and the arc of Norma’s professional career as an architect and preservationist, which was launched by her first visit to Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy.


Tuesday, January 11

My Roots, My Heritage is an interactive webinar led by Marianna Gatto, historian and executive director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles.

This webinar is designed for those interested in discovering their family’s origins. Whether you are curious about your family’s early years, wish to identify your ancestors, locate familial villages, or compile the information needed to pursue dual citizenship, this presentation covers topics such as how to get started, the resources available, tips for genealogical research, and interpreting historic documents.


Sunday, December 19

Buon Natale with Carla Gambescia: Unexpected Stories Behind Holiday Traditions Sunday, December 19, 4 PM

Discover the surprising stories behind our most cherished traditions from Saint Nicholas and the Nativity to candy canes and Christmas stockings. Award-winning author, lecturer and photographer, Carla Gambescia will guide us through the stories behind our holiday festivities! 

Wednesday, December 15

Join us on December 15 at 6pm for an enlightening evening as author Daniel Paterna discusses his photographic culinary memoir, Feast of the Seven Fishes: A Brooklyn-Italian’s Recipes Celebrating Food and Family.

The event is $45 per person, and includes a holiday gift bag, featuring a signed copy of Feast of the Seven Fishes - perfect for the Christmas season!

Monday, December 13

Join us for the CCF Career Chat with Special Guest Cristina Fontanelli,
Renowned Performer and Musical Artist, on Monday, December 13, at 5:30 PM ET

Tuesday, November 30