Recent Events

 

Wednesday, May 24:
A Terrible Punishment: 'The Justice of Cambyses' and Its Aesthetic, Religious, Mythological, Musical, and Legal Significance with Judge Barbara Jaffe (ret.)-

On Wednesday, May 24, Judge Barbara Jaffe (ret.) presents an illustrated lecture entitled, "A Terrible Punishment: 'The Justice of Cambyses' and Its Aesthetic, Religious, Mythological, Musical, and Legal Significance." In it, she analyzes a late 15th century Northern Renaissance diptych illustrating Herodotus's account of a judge being subject to a terrible punishment for taking a bribe. She then connects the punishment with the ancient myth depicted in the bas relief to the right above the judge's throne, and places them in their historical and legal contexts. Reception begins at 6PM. The presentation will begin at 6:30. Make your booking here if you will be joining us in person or virtually via zoom.

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Tuesday, May 23:
CCF's Young Adults Auxiliary Primavera Social

CCF's Young Adults Auxiliary invite you to the Primavera Social on Tuesday, May 23. Come for cocktails and antipasti! Meet new & returning members, and enjoy a beautiful evening on the patio, here at the Townhouse. This event is a great opportunity for anyone interested in joining the YAA, of Italian descent between the ages of 21 and 35.

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Tuesday, May 16
A Lecture by Cav. Dr. Gilda Rorro

Join us Tuesday, May 16 for a lecture by Cav. Dr. Gilda Rorro, who will discuss her long-standing dedication to education, civil rights, and the development of educational materials highlighting the many facets of Italian American heritage that are essential elements of American history. Since 2003, Gilda has served the New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission as its Chair and been an unwavering advocate for The Universality of Italian Heritage curriculum project.

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Sunday, May 14
Mother's Day Brunch


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 12 & Under - $65 // 12:30 PM OR 4 PM

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Saturday, May 6, 2:00 PM
Film Screening: Coming Home


Join us Saturday afternoon at 2PM on May 6 for a screening of Coming Home. We will welcome the director, Angelo Amato, who is the short film's writer, producer, actor, and father of a CCF Scholarship recipient! 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2:00 PM
Festa Infiorata LAX Spring Luncheon & Boutique

We hope you will join us at our upcoming LAX Annual Spring Luncheon, Festa Infiorata, on Tuesday, May 9. All ladies are welcome! In addition to a boutique and luncheon, the afternoon will feature a fashion show and trunk show presented by Max Mara. Anyone interested in supporting our raffles will be able to do so by credit card or by Member account.

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RSVPs may be made by emailing Marguerite Zappa at mzappa@columbuscitizens.org. or by following the booking link here.



Tuesday, May 2, 6:00 PM
Sicilian Tales with CCF Member Santi Buscemi


Join us on Tuesday, May 2 for an enlightening presentation by CCF Member Santi Buscemi on the fairy tales of Luigi Capuana. Buscemi's book, Sicilian Tales, translates nineteen fairy tales from Capuana's C'era una volta. While you can expect to meet traditional characters in these fairy tales, Capuana's style infamously features strange and surprising elements especially in each tale's ending. A dramatic reading of at least two of the tales, aimed at an adult audience, will be sure to pique your interest! The reception begins at 6PM followed by the presentation at 6:30PM.


Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 PM
YAA Presents Venetian Masquerade Party


On Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 PM, CCF's Young Adults Auxiliary present the YAA 2023 Spring Gala, a Venetian Masquerade Party. Tickets are $150 each, and admission includes dinner, drinks, entertainment and 2 raffle tickets. A range of Gala packages include tickets, recognition, and sponsorship opportunities in the event programming. All proceeds benefit Columbus Citizens Foundation.


Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 PM
Puglia Regional Dinner


We are pleased to announce that our popular regional dinner series continues with food and wine from Puglia. Explore this culinary journey with a reception at 6:30 on Thursday, April 27. JazzOut 4tet, whose members hail from Puglia, will provide musical accompaniment. We look forward to sharing the the dishes, drinks, and desserts selected by the Food & Beverage and Events Committees to highlight this rustic region on the Adriatic coast. 


Saturday, April 22 at 6:00 PM
Sicilian Music Night featuring Val d’Akragas

Gruppo Folklorico Val d’Akragas is traveling from Agrigento to NYC on Saturday, April 22. Join us for an incomparable evening of Sicilian music and dance. Members are invited to dine in the Taverna after the performance, where special Sicilian treats will be featured on the menu. The event is $35. Reception at 6:30 PM. Performance at 7PM. Check out the quick clip below and follow  @gruppofolk_valdakragas here, and be sure to reserve your space today!


Wednesday, April 19
A Fireside Chat with Judge Guido Calabresi and Author Norman Silber


All are welcome to the enlightening Fireside Chat with Judge Guido Calabresi and author Norman Silber on Wednesday, April 19th. The lecture begins with a reception at 6:00 PM. Silber is the author of Outside In: The Oral History of Guido Calabresi. The reception and lecture cost is $25. For $65, attendees may enjoy the reception, lecture, and receive a copy of the two-volume set. Silber's first volume depicts Calabresi's "dramatic departure from Italy in the shadow of World War II, his upbringing in New Haven, his growth as a student, and his life as a scholar and teacher at Yale." Volume two follows his growth to deanship of Yale Law School, his appointment as a federal judge, and his stance on issues such as antidiscrimination and immigration law decisions.

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Tuesday, April 18
Healthy Eating Italian Style with Fiorella DiCarlo, RD, CDN


Join us on Tuesday, April 18, for Living in Italian: Healthy Eating Italian Style! As a Dietitian, and lover of all things Italian-Fiorella explores the principles of healthy Italian eating and lifestyle. In this lively talk, Fiorella draws from her childhood and expertise to tell a tale of Italian lifestyle and its benefits on longevity! Reception begins at 6PM. Read more about Fiorella below, and be sure to follow @fiorellaeatstv on Instagram.

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Tuesday, April 11 at 6PM
A Fireside Chat with CCF Member John Catsimatidis Author of How Far Do You Want to Go?: Lessons from a Common-Sense Billionaire


We are thrilled to host renowned businessman, philanthropist, and CCF Member John Catsimatidis for a book lecture on Tuesday, April 11. Catsimatidis is the author of the recently-released How Far Do You Want to Go?: Lessons from a Common-Sense Billionaire. The reception will begin at 6 PM, followed by the lecture at 6:30 PM. In this enlightening discussion, Catsimatidis shares his wisdom on achieving success and fulfillment in both business and life. Please note that this event is open to all, however space is limited - making your booking today!

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Sunday, April 9
Easter at the Townhouse


Space is still available for Easter at the Townhouse. We have two seatings on Sunday, April 9 at 1:00PM and 4:00PM. Our traditional Easter menu includes, Frutti di Mare, Mozzarella Caprese, Peperonata, Manicotti al Forno, Trofie Genovese, Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon, Chicken Valdostana, Stuffed Shrimp, Colomba, and Pastiera Napolitana. We hope to see you and your friends and family there! $140 per Adult / $65 per Child under 12. Colored eggs, Easter candy & chocolates for the kids!. PLEASE NOTE: Two Seatings - 1:00 PM OR 4:00 PM

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Tuesday, April 4
Joe DiMaggio Award Dinner Honoring Mike Piazza and Lou Tallarini



Columbus Citizens Foundation and Italian American Baseball Foundation are partnering to present the prestigious Joe DiMaggio Award. This year’s recipients are Baseball Hall of Famer and New York Mets legend Mike Piazza and real estate executive and former CCF President Lou Tallarani. They will be honored at a ceremony at the CCF Townhouse on Tuesday, April 4, at 6 p.m.

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Thursday, March 23
The CCF Ladies Auxiliary Presents An Evening of Buglioni Wines


Please join us for the LAX Vini del Veneto on Thursday, March 23. This dinner will include Buglioni wine pairings with a regional menu from the Veneto region. The cost is $175 per person for the reception, three-course dinner and wine pairings. The event begins at 6:30 in the Oak Room - all are welcome to join.

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Saturday, March 18
Feast of San Giuseppe

This is a Members-only event.
Come join us at the Townhouse on Saturday, March 18 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 entrees 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 mzappa@columbuscitizens.org. Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours in advance, or you will be subject to full charge.

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Friday, March 10
Donne al Centro: An Evening with with Cristiana Pegoraro



If you missed Cristiana Pegoraro in the fall, make sure you put Friday, March 10 on your calendar. The evening of music and poetry influenced & inspired by women begins with a reception at 6:15 PM. Cristiana's return to the Townhouse is dedicated to women and passion, and inspired by International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8. Cristiana will take the audience inside the artistry of some of the greatest composers and their muses in an innovative format that combines live piano performances and a stimulating look at the featured composers’ life and impact. The Italian-born pianist and composer will feature music, poetry, and excerpts from writing and letters from Beethoven, Chopin, and Rossini, as well as Pegoraro originals.

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Saturday, March 4
Regional Dinner: Food & Wine From Naples



It would be very difficult to say who has been the most enthusiastic CCF Member, but many would agree that Anthony Correra would come to mind immediately as someone whose love for the Foundation was infectious. He encouraged us all to celebrate our Italian American heritage and his enjoyment of Italian culture was limitless. On March 4, we celebrate his life and legacy with a special Regional Dinner devoted to the food and wine of Napli. The Food & Beverage and Events Committees are pleased to open bookings for the Naples Regional Dinner. Join us on Saturday, March 4, for a cocktail reception at 6:30 PM. Dinner at 7:15pm. The Events Committee has arranged for Charlie Romo to join us to add great music to the evening. Proceeds from the evening pay tribute to longtime Member Anthony Correra through support for the scholarship fund in his name.

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Thursday, February 23
A Presentation by Poster House

Poster House opened its doors in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in 2019. On Thursday, February 23, CCF welcomes the museum's chief curator, Angelina Lippert, for a presentation. Please join us at 6PM for a cocktail reception, followed by a discussion on the general history of advertising posters, from the dawn of color lithography in the 1860s to the present day. She will also touch on the wide array of exhibitions presented at Poster House, and answer any and all questions about the history of the poster.

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Saturday, February 18
An Interactive Chocolate-Making Workshop with Aigner Chocolates

Looking for a family-friendly activity during Valentine's Day weekend This interactive chocolate-making workshop with Aigner Chocolates on February 18 will make you forget your New Year’s Resolution to give up sweets. The event runs from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the Taverna. Mark Libertini, celebrated pastry chef, will guide us through the intricacies and fun of making chocolate. Space is limited. We hope to see you there! Don’t worry about making a mess—that’s part of the fun and we have an apron waiting for you!.

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Friday, February 17
Vanessa Racci's Decades of Love Songs with Dinner To Follow

Join us Friday, February 17 for a special dinner and The Decades of Love Valentine Show with Vanessa Racci. The evening celebrates a romantic journey of Vanessa's favorite tunes from each decade of the past Century sung in a jazzy style with interesting anecdotes interspersed. A perfect way to snuggle up with your Valentine and reminisce or dance to the love songs of yesteryear. The cocktail reception begins at 6PM, followed by the performance, dinner, and a decadent dessert. The cost is $135 per person. Beverages served during dinner will be billed on consumption. Book now to reserve your table!

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Tuesday, February 14
Valentine's Day Dinner

On Tuesday, February 14, the Taverna will feature a special menu and live music by Dominic Karcic, a frequent performer at the Townhouse. The event is $90 per person and includes a complimentary glass of prosecco. Chocolates and Roses are our gift to you that evening. Reservations are available for 6 PM or 8 PM. Book today to reserve your spot! View the full menu here.

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Saturday, February 11
Screening of Festival Della Canzone Italiana Di Sanremo

Join us for a livestream of the 73rd Annual Sanremo Music Festival at the Columbus Citizens Foundation Townhouse on Saturday, February 11 from 4:00PM to 7:30PM. Entry is $50 and includes an Italian buffet and beverages.

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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

COCKTAILS 8:00 PM / DINNER 9:30 PM. - $275 PER PERSON

Black Tie. Live Music.

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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.

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Saturday, December 10:
Traditional Italian Christmas Dinner

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

Shopping Boutique followed by Christmas Luncheon.

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

Shopping Boutique followed by Christmas Luncheon.

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


RSVP to Melissa Conlon, YAA Chair, by November 28 at yaacolumbus@gmail.com


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:

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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.

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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.

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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 www.ColumbusCitizens.org/applications!

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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.

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 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

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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 mzappa@columbuscitizens.org.

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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.

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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 mzappa@columbuscitizens.org.
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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. 

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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."
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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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

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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. 

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Tuesday, July 26 - Sicily Regional Dinner

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

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Thursday, July 14 - Shore Dinner

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

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

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

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Tuesday, June 21 - A Conversation with Dr. Visco

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


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



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

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

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Thursday, June 9 - Pasta Night

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

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
PLEASE NOTE: TWO SEATINGS ARE AVAILABLE - 12:30 PM OR 4 PM

 

 

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 mzappa@columbuscitizens.org

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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.

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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!
PLEASE NOTE: TWO SEATINGS ARE AVAILABLE - 1:00 PM OR 4:00 PM

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 mzappa@columbuscitizens.org.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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



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