NIAF 2014 Gala Weekend Schedule


Contact: Elissa Ruffino, 202-939-3106,

 SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation
 WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014 – Noon to Midnight
Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 WHERE: The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009

To kick off NIAF’s 39th Anniversary Gala Weekend, the Foundation will host an open house at its headquarters on Friday, October 24. Come record and preserve your memories with the Memoro Project. That evening at 8 p.m., That evening at 8 p.m., NIAF also will host “The Wildest Comes to Washington,” a Casino Night in the Hilton International Ballroom. NIAF’s Anniversary Awards Gala on Saturday evening will conclude a day of conferences and activities offering the best of Italy in Washington D.C. All conferences are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Visit for updates.

Friday, October 24, 2014

NIAF Headquarters Open House

Meet the staff, learn about the exciting new programs as we unveil our new state-of-the-art learning center; and plans for the upcoming celebrations of NIAF’s 40th Anniversary at our D.C. headquarters.  Leave a legacy footprint by recording your family memories with the Memoro Project, Light refreshments served. NIAF Headquarters, 1860 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C., noon to 5 p.m.

NIAF “The Wildest Comes to Washington” Casino Night

Featuring live music by Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses, dancing, open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres, including lots of action at the casino tables, exclusive raffle items, prizes and photo opportunities with Louis Prima Jr. and his band! $175 per person (members); $200 non-member ticket; $250 VIP ticket includes access to “High Rollers” area with extra “funny money.” To purchase tickets, contact Xavier Atizol at, 202-939-3100 or  Hilton International Ballroom, 8 p.m. to midnight

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NIAF Central: The All New NIAF Expo!
Live music, presentations, food, drink, and information about language, travel, products, and more.
Hilton Concourse Level in the Corridor, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NIAF 2015 Region of Honor Networking Breakfast

A networking event for NIAF members and representatives of the NIAF 2015 Region of Honor: Lombardia.
Hilton Jefferson – Concourse Level, 9 to 10 a.m.

NIAF – Italian American Studies Association Conference, “Does Anti-Defamation Matter to our Community?

Panelists and scholars debate the merits of anti-defamation efforts in today’s Italian American community.
Hilton Lincoln – Concourse Level, 10 to 11 a.m.

“The Italian Americans,” an exclusive screening of clips from the upcoming PBS documentary series by writer and producer John Maggio, followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers, author of companion book, Maria Laurino and on-screen talent.  Hilton Monroe – Concourse Level, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NIAF Thank You Lunch, a complimentary old fashioned sandwich lunch catered by  world famous Mike’s Deli of Arthur Avenue in New York for all gala attendees. NIAF Central – Hilton Concourse Level, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

 NIAF- Ieri, Oggi, Domani, a lively discussion about the “State of the Community”
Hilton Lincoln West Room – Concourse Level, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Annual Wine Tasting with sommeliers and restaurateurs presenting wines from across Italy. $100 per person. To purchase tickets, contact Xavier Atizol at Hilton Monroe – Concourse Level, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Voyage of Discovery Alumni, Scholarship Recipients and Young Professional Aperitivo
A networking opportunity for young Italian Americans who have a Young Professional Gala ticket. Hilton Lincoln East Room – 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Americans of Italian descent. Visit: