NIAF New York Spring Extravaganza: A Couture Evening


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

SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

WHEN: Thursday evening, April 4, 2012
6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner

WHERE: Cipriani 42nd Street
110 East 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017

Actress and producer Annabella Sciorra will join business executives Mark J. Casella, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Gerard A. Donini, chief operating officer of Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays, Dino Fusco, managing director and global co-head of Corporate Services and Real Estate at Goldman Sachs & Co. and Tony May, legendary restaurateur and owner of a contemporary Italian restaurant, SD26, as honorees at the NIAF New York Spring Extravaganza on April 4, 2013.

Held at the legendary Italian Renaissance-inspired Cipriani 42nd Street, the evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The evening will close with an exciting live auction.

This year’s mistress of ceremonies will be Rosanna Scotto, co-host of Good Day New York.

NIAF’s New York Spring Extravaganza is chaired by Gerard S. LaRocca, NIAF board member and Barclays Capital CAO. The honorary dinner chairman will be Mario Mercurio, senior vice president, PepsiCo Americas Beverages.

Proceeds from NIAF’s gala will benefit the Foundation’s philanthropic and educational programs. Attire: Cocktail. For ticket information or sponsorship opportunities, visit: or contact Jerry Jones at 202-387-0600 or

This year’s presenting sponsor is PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The platinum sponsors include BNY Mellon, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Guarini & Guarini, and High Point Solutions Inc.

Media Contacts: Elissa Ruffino at 202-939-3106,;or Gina Ghilardi at 202-939-3116, For additional information about NIAF’s events across the country, visit and click on Calendar.

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