The NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION

NIAF Achievement Award Recipients

The annual NIAF Gala in Washington, DC is an opportunity to recognize and honor Italian Americans and Italians in business, science, sports, entertainment and philanthropy who have made enormous contributions to our society.

NIAF Achievement Award Recipients Since 1976
2018
Giovanni Caforio, M.D.The NIAF Leonardo da Vinci Award in Science and Medicine
Vincenzo BocciaThe NIAF Leonardo da Vinci Award in International Business
Lidia BastianichThe One America Award for Entrepreneurship
Carl J. SchrammThe One America Award for Entrepreneurship
Cav. Lav. Vito PertosaThe NIAF Leonardo da Vinci Award in Technology
Antonio De MatteisThe NIAF Leonardo da Vinci Award in Business
2017
Nick StellinoHumanitarian Service
Jon De LucaBusiness
Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due SicilePhilanthropy
Alessandro ProfumoBusiness and Finance
Vittorio GrigoloMusic
2016
Stefano PessinaBusiness
Giuseppe LavazzaInternational Business
Franco HarrisSports
Joe RussoNIAF Jack Valenti Institute Award
Anthony RussoNIAF Jack Valenti Institute Award
Tony RenisEntertainment
NOIAW and Founder Dr. Aileen SireyCommunity Leadership Award
Maria Franca FerreroPhilanthropy
2015
Amato L. BerardiLeadership and Service
Richard E. Caruso, Ph.D.Business and Health
Connie FrancisItalian American Hall of Fame
Mario GabelliLeadership and Service
Sergio MarchionneInternational Business
Franco NuscheseLeadership and Service
Steve PerilloBusiness
Alfred M. RotondaroCommunity Leadership
Josephine J. Templeton, M.D.Philanthropy
2014
Pasqualino MontiInternational Business
Pino CicalaCommunity Leadership
John TurturroEntertainment
Daniel D’AnielloBusiness
David CordaniBusiness and Health
Susan MolinariPublic Service
2013
Diana BraccoPhilanthropy
Roberto ColaninnoInternational Business
Louis DonatelliBusiness
Leon PanettaGovernment
George RandazzoCommunity Leadership Award
Paul SorvinoEntertainment
2012
Geno AuriemmaSports
Mark Del RossoBusiness
Giovanni FerreroInternational Business
Ralph IzzoScience and Technology
Letizia MorattiPhilanthropy
Accademia Nazional dei LinceiRecognition for Academic Contributions
2011
Claudio BozzoInternational Business
Hon. Capri CafaroYouth Leadership
Dion DiMucciEntertainment
Hon. Frank J. GuariniLifetime Achievement in Leadership
Frank J. MancusoNIAF Jack Valenti Institute Award
Emma MarcegagliaWomen’s Leadership
Paolo ScudieriInternational Business
Hon. Santo VersacePhilanthropy
2010
Fulvio ContiInternational Business
Tom IzzoSports
Aurelio De LaurentiisUS/Italy Friendship
Christopher J. NassettaBusiness
Dr. Thomas ScaleaScience & Medicine
Joseph UvaNIAF One America Award
2009
Lidia Matticchio BastianichHumanitarian Service
Massimo d’AmoreBusiness
Carla GuginoEntertainment
Hon. Janet NapolitanoPublic Service
Antonello VendittiMusic
2008
Mrs. Laura BushLiteracy
Rudolph W. GiulianiPublic Service
William D. NovelliPublic Advocacy
Hon. Nancy PelosiPublic Service
Ellen PompeoEntertainment
Martin ScorseseJack Valenti Award
Connie StevensHumanitarian Service
2007
Mrs. Laura BushLiteracy
Rudolph W. GiulianiPublic Service
William D. NovelliPublic Advocacy
Hon. Nancy PelosiPublic Service
Ellen PompeoEntertainment
Martin ScorseseJack Valenti Award
Connie StevensHumanitarian Service
2006
Justice Samuel Alito Jr.Public Service
Anne BancroftThe NIAF Italian American Hall of Fame
Raffaello FollieriHumanitarian Service
Pres. George H.W. BushOne America Award
Tom W. LaSordaBusiness
Catherine B. ReynoldsEducation & Cultural Affairs
Frankie ValliEntertainment
2005
Ambassador Peter F. SecchiaInternational Affairs
General Peter PaceMilitary Service
Paul S. OtelliniBusiness
Michelle PelusoBusiness
2004
Tim McGrawMusic
Luciano PavarottiItalian American Hall of Fame in Music
Joseph J PlumeriBusiness
Carmella LaSpadaHumanitarian Service
2003
Roberto BenigniEntertainment
Joseph GalliBusiness
Larry W. SonsiniCommerce and Law
Thomas R. TizzioLifetime Achievement, Humanitarian Service
2002
Paul ChiapparoneHumanitarian Award
Robert De NiroItalian American Hall of Fame
Sophia LorenItalian American Hall of Fame
Thomas MottolaMusic Industry
Robert NardelliBusiness
Christina JohnsonBusiness
2001
Nicolas CageItalian American Hall of Fame
Domenico De SoleFashion and Industry
Roger A. EnricoBusiness
Christopher Reeve & Dana MorosiniOne America Award
2000
Andrea BocelliU.S./Italy Friendship Award
John Paul DeJoriaHumanitarian Award
Joseph NacchioCommunications
Miuccia PradaFashion
James SchiroBusiness
Dick VermeilSports
Angelo Dundee & Muhammad AliOne America Award
1999
Massimo FerragamoU.S./Italy Friendship Award
Matt LeBlancEntertainment
Patricia F. RussoBusiness
Frederic V. SalernoHumanitarian Service
Frank D. StellaHeritage
Jack ValentiPublic Service
Ronald L. ZarellaBusiness
1998
Anjelica HustonEntertainment
Tommy LasordaSports
Angelo MoziloHumanitarian
Carl PascarellaBusiness
Leonard RiggioLiteracy Promotion
Barbara SinatraHope for Children
Gay TaleseLiterature
1997
Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.Sports/Business
Livio D. DeSimoneBusiness
George L. GraziadioHumanitarian
Al PacinoEntertainment
Leon E. PanettaPublic Service
Ginetta SaganHuman Rights
Gianni VersaceUS/Italy Friendship
1996
Yogi BerraSports
Michael R. BonsignoreBusiness
William M. CafaroHumanitarian
Jerry ColangeloSports/Business
Pamela FioriBusiness
Chazz PalminteriPerforming Arts
Mira SorvinoPerforming Arts
1995
Susan AgnelliUS/Italy Friendship
Tony BennettEntertainment
Anthony Cardinal BevilacquaHumanitarian
Frank J. Biondi, Jr.Business
Rose Marie BravoBusiness
Joe MontanaSports
John TravoltaPerforming Arts
1994
Giorgio ArmaniArts and Fashion
Anthony S. FauciMedicine and Science
Nicholas CagePerforming Arts
Grace MirabellaBusiness and Industry
Edward RensiBusiness and Industry
L. Jay OlivaEducation
1993
Phil RizzutoSports
Danny De VitoArts/Entertainment
Richard GrassoBusiness/Finance
Matilda Raffa CuomoHumanitarian
1992
Jeno PaulucciPhilanthropy
Sophia LorenColumbus Quincentenary
Cesare RomitiBusiness
1991
Barbara BushLiteracy
Gianni De MichelisUS/Italy Friendship
Sylvester StalloneThe Performing Arts
Paul TagliabueSports/Business
1990
Alan AldaThe Performing Arts
Alfred A. ChecchiBusiness and Industry
Paola FendiArts and Fashion
Dan MarinoSports
1989
Danny Louis Aiello, Jr.The Performing Arts
Joseph AntoniniBusiness and Industry
Joe Di MaggioSports
Valentino GaraviniArts and Fashion
1988
Brian BoitanoSports
Bettino CraxiUS/Italy Friendship
Liza MinelliThe Performing Arts
Peter W. Rodino, Jr.Government
1987
Giulio AndreottiUS/Italy Friendship
Perry ComoThe Performing Arts
Henry ManciniThe Performing Arts
Peter SammartinoService and Loyalty
1986
Giovanni AgnelliBusiness and Industry
Dolores HopeHumanitarian
Antonin ScaliaPublic Service
1985
Frank SinatraHumanitarian
1984
Arthur J. DecioBusiness and Industry
Robert Charles GalloMedicine and Science
Margherita MarchioneLiterature
Gian Carlo MenottiThe Performing Arts
Daniel J. Travanti, Jr.The Performing Arts
1983  
Frank CapraThe Performing Arts
1982
A. Bartlett GiamattiEducation
Lee Anthony IacoccaBusiness and Industry
Sophia LorenThe Performing Arts
1980
Henry FondaThe Performing Arts
Robert GeorgineBusiness and Industry
Alexander F. GiaccoBusiness and Industry
Robert N. GiaimoGovernment
Margaret J. GianniniMedicine
Vincent MarottaBusiness and Industry
Edmund PellgrinoBusiness and Industry
John A. VolpeGovernment
1978
Anthony Celebrezze, Sr.Education
Rose Basile GreenLiterature
Jeno F. PaulucciBusiness
  1976
Dominick V. DanielsGovernment
John PastoreGovernment
Peter W. Rodino, Jr.Government
John SiricaGovernment