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
2013
Diana Bracco Philanthropy
Roberto Colaninno International Business
Louis Donatelli Business
Leon Panetta Government
George Randazzo Community Leadership Award
Paul Sorvino Entertainment
2012
Geno Auriemma Sports
Mark Del Rosso Business
Giovanni Ferrero International Business
Ralph Izzo Science and Technology
Letizia Moratti Philanthropy
Accademia Nazional dei Lincei Recognition for Academic Contributions
2011
Claudio Bozzo International Business
Hon. Capri Cafaro Youth Leadership
Dion DiMucci Entertainment
Hon. Frank J. Guarini Lifetime Achievement in Leadership
Frank J. Mancuso NIAF Jack Valenti Institute Award
Emma Marcegaglia Women’s Leadership
Paolo Scudieri International Business
Hon. Santo Versace Philanthropy
2010
Fulvio Conti International Business
Tom Izzo Sports
Aurelio De Laurentiis US/Italy Friendship
Christopher J. Nassetta Business
Dr. Thomas Scalea Science & Medicine
Joseph Uva NIAF One America Award
2009
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich Humanitarian Service
Massimo d’Amore Business
Carla Gugino Entertainment
Hon. Janet Napolitano Public Service
Antonello Venditti Music
2008
Mrs. Laura Bush Literacy
Rudolph W. Giuliani Public Service
William D. Novelli Public Advocacy
Hon. Nancy Pelosi Public Service
Ellen Pompeo Entertainment
Martin Scorsese Jack Valenti Award
Connie Stevens Humanitarian Service
2007
Mrs. Laura Bush Literacy
Rudolph W. Giuliani Public Service
William D. Novelli Public Advocacy
Hon. Nancy Pelosi Public Service
Ellen Pompeo Entertainment
Martin Scorsese Jack Valenti Award
Connie Stevens Humanitarian Service
2006
Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Public Service
Anne Bancroft The NIAF Italian American Hall of Fame
Raffaello Follieri Humanitarian Service
Pres. George H.W. Bush One America Award
Tom W. LaSorda Business
Catherine B. Reynolds Education & Cultural Affairs
Frankie Valli Entertainment
2005
Ambassador Peter F. Secchia International Affairs
General Peter Pace Military Service
Paul S. Otellini Business
Michelle Peluso Business
2004
Tim McGraw Music
Luciano Pavarotti Italian American Hall of Fame in Music
Joseph J Plumeri Business
Carmella LaSpada Humanitarian Service
2003
Roberto Benigni Entertainment
Joseph Galli Business
Larry W. Sonsini Commerce and Law
Thomas R. Tizzio Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian Service
2002
Paul Chiapparone Humanitarian Award
Robert De Niro Italian American Hall of Fame
Sophia Loren Italian American Hall of Fame
Thomas Mottola Music Industry
Robert Nardelli Business
Christina Johnson Business
2001
Nicolas Cage Italian American Hall of Fame
Domenico De Sole Fashion and Industry
Roger A. Enrico Business
Christopher Reeve & Dana Morosini One America Award
2000
Andrea Bocelli U.S./Italy Friendship Award
John Paul DeJoria Humanitarian Award
Joseph Nacchio Communications
Miuccia Prada Fashion
James Schiro Business
Dick Vermeil Sports
Angelo Dundee & Muhammad Ali One America Award
1999
Massimo Ferragamo U.S./Italy Friendship Award
Matt LeBlanc Entertainment
Patricia F. Russo Business
Frederic V. Salerno Humanitarian Service
Frank D. Stella Heritage
Jack Valenti Public Service
Ronald L. Zarella Business
1998
Anjelica Huston Entertainment
Tommy Lasorda Sports
Angelo Mozilo Humanitarian
Carl Pascarella Business
Leonard Riggio Literacy Promotion
Barbara Sinatra Hope for Children
Gay Talese Literature
1997
Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. Sports/Business
Livio D. DeSimone Business
George L. Graziadio Humanitarian
Al Pacino Entertainment
Leon E. Panetta Public Service
Ginetta Sagan Human Rights
Gianni Versace US/Italy Friendship
1996
Yogi Berra Sports
Michael R. Bonsignore Business
William M. Cafaro Humanitarian
Jerry Colangelo Sports/Business
Pamela Fiori Business
Chazz Palminteri Performing Arts
Mira Sorvino Performing Arts
1995
Susan Agnelli US/Italy Friendship
Tony Bennett Entertainment
Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Humanitarian
Frank J. Biondi, Jr. Business
Rose Marie Bravo Business
Joe Montana Sports
John Travolta Performing Arts
1994
Giorgio Armani Arts and Fashion
Anthony S. Fauci Medicine and Science
Nicholas Cage Performing Arts
Grace Mirabella Business and Industry
Edward Rensi Business and Industry
L. Jay Oliva Education
1993
Phil Rizzuto Sports
Danny De Vito Arts/Entertainment
Richard Grasso Business/Finance
Matilda Raffa Cuomo Humanitarian
1992
Jeno Paulucci Philanthropy
Sophia Loren Columbus Quincentenary
Cesare Romiti Business
1991
Barbara Bush Literacy
Gianni De Michelis US/Italy Friendship
Sylvester Stallone The Performing Arts
Paul Tagliabue Sports/Business
1990
Alan Alda The Performing Arts
Alfred A. Checchi Business and Industry
Paola Fendi Arts and Fashion
Dan Marino Sports
1989
Danny Louis Aiello, Jr. The Performing Arts
Joseph Antonini Business and Industry
Joe Di Maggio Sports
Valentino Garavini Arts and Fashion
1988
Brian Boitano Sports
Bettino Craxi US/Italy Friendship
Liza Minelli The Performing Arts
Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Government
1987
Giulio Andreotti US/Italy Friendship
Perry Como The Performing Arts
Henry Mancini The Performing Arts
Peter Sammartino Service and Loyalty
1986
Giovanni Agnelli Business and Industry
Dolores Hope Humanitarian
Antonin Scalia Public Service
1985
Frank Sinatra Humanitarian
1984
Arthur J. Decio Business and Industry
Robert Charles Gallo Medicine and Science
Margherita Marchione Literature
Gian Carlo Menotti The Performing Arts
Daniel J. Travanti, Jr. The Performing Arts
1983  
Frank Capra The Performing Arts
1982
A. Bartlett Giamatti Education
Lee Anthony Iacocca Business and Industry
Sophia Loren The Performing Arts
1980
Henry Fonda The Performing Arts
Robert Georgine Business and Industry
Alexander F. Giacco Business and Industry
Robert N. Giaimo Government
Margaret J. Giannini Medicine
Vincent Marotta Business and Industry
Edmund Pellgrino Business and Industry
John A. Volpe Government
1978
Anthony Celebrezze, Sr. Education
Rose Basile Green Literature
Jeno F. Paulucci Business
  1976
Dominick V. Daniels Government
John Pastore Government
Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Government
John Sirica Government