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NIAF 2013 Gala Weekend Conferences


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: The Washington Hilton 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009

To kick off the NIAF 38th Anniversary Gala Weekend, the Foundation will host “Come Fly With Me,” a Vegas- Style evening in the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building on Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. The 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 25, 2013

Come Fly With Me, Vegas-Style Evening with Live and Silent Auction Try your luck at the casino tables and place your bids at our popular live and silent auction table with exclusive auction packages. Open Bar, hors d’oeuvre stations and dancing to music of the Radio King Orchestra. $175 per person all inclusive (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
The Ronald Reagan Building, 8 p.m. to midnight

Saturday, October 26, 2013

NIAF Central: Showcasing the Best of Italy! Italian delicacies, travel, genealogy, beer, wines, olive oils, and Vespas to enjoy Concourse Level in the Corridor, 9 5 p.m.

Elections: When (and Where) Italian Americans Make A Difference
Panelists from the Italian American Studies Association (IASA), will discuss the 21st – Century Italian American Experience. Jefferson – Concourse Level, 9 to 11 a.m.

“Carnera: The Walking Mountain” a movie screening of the Italian film about Primo Carnera, Italy’s only heavyweight champion of the world. The screening will be followed by a meet-and-greet and Q&A period with the film’s lead actor Andrea Iaia. Georgetown – Concourse Level, 10 1 p.m.

“Explorers Emigrants Citizens” A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress Authors Linda Barrett Osbourne and Paolo Battaglia will discuss their perspective on Italians in America followed by book signing and sale of the new release. Independence- Concourse Level- 11 a.m. to noon

Wine Tasting and Luncheon A special sit-down tasting with a full luncheon featuring wines from across Italy with sommelier on hand to lead guests through the spectrum of Italian wines. Jefferson – Concourse Level, 1 to 3 p.m. Cost: $75 per person


NIAF- Ieri, Oggi, Domani with special guests from IASA. A lively discussion about the state of the Italian American community with NIAF leadership. Georgetown – Concourse Level, 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: