A prime promoter of Italian culture in D.C., Pino Cicala, was honored at The National Italian American Foundation’s 39th anniversary awards gala Saturday night, attended by Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero.
The black-tie event, complete with glorious Italian wine poured liberally, drew 1,200 to the Washington Hilton for receptions, a dinner, and VIP parties.
A popular face in Italian circles and in the entertainment world everywhere -- actor and writer John Turturro -- boosted Italian achievements.
NIAF also honored former U.S. Congresswoman Susan Molinari, now vice president of public policy and government relations at Google; David Cordani, president and CEO of Cigna Corporation; and Pasqualino Monti, president of the Port Authority of Rome Civitavecchia.
Dinner co-hosts were glamorous Fox News business anchor and highlight of the evening Maria Bartiromo and affable actor Joe Piscopo. John R. Phillips, the United States’ ambassador to Italy, also attended. Special guests include actors Robert Davi and Tony Lo Bianco, writer/producer John Maggio and author Maria Laurino.
A native of Sicily, Cicala is founder and editor of AMICO and Antenna Italia Radio-TV. NIAF awarded him its Special Achievement Award in Community Leadership.
Cicala’s AMICO is an information website that spreads the Italian culture throughout the nation’s capital and the United States. An architect by trade, Cicala earned a degree at Catholic University’s School of Architecture in 1960. He immigrated to the USA in 1955.
“…he has given back to the Italian American community selflessly,” said NIAF’s leadership. “Through his continuous and tireless promotion of Italian culture, no one individual has single-handedly worked harder to make the capital of the United States ‘more Italian.’”
Cicala is a prominent member in leadership positions in many Italian American organizations, including NIAF, the Lido Civic Club, the Italian Cultural Society, the Friendship Heights Rotary Club, and the Roma and Fiumedinisi lodges of the Sons of Italy.
It's not too late to get tickets! The Citizens Association of Georgetown's (CAG) annual black tie event that brings together residents, organizations, businesses, and politicos to celebrate Georgetown and CAG’s mission of historic preservation and improving the life of the community, is this Friday, October 24th and will honor Jack and Michele Evans.
Held at the stunning Italian Embassy, Ambassador and Mrs. Claudio Bisogniero will be Honorary Chairs. This year's theme, “Fly Me to the Moon” will give the gala a cool Rat Pack/Mad Men vibe in its cocktails, gourmet Italian dinner buffet, fabulous entertainment, unique live auction items, and hip After Party.
The honorees, Jack and Michele Evans are long-time Georgetown residents and activists. Jack Evans, is D.C Council’s longest serving councilmember having representing Ward 2 since 1991. Jack serves as chair of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, which oversees the District’s finances, including tax policy. In addition to earning a reputation as one of DC’s toughest budget and tax stewards, Jack has used this committee to secure approval of many major legislative tax reforms including: reducing tax rates, simplifying DC’s antiquated tax code and establishing incentives for businesses. He was instrumental in the opening of the Verizon center and Nationals Stadium. He has been an advocate of gay rights, co-sponsoring the bill that legalized same-sex marriage in D.C. Micheleis very active in the Citizens Association of Georgetown and chaired the Georgetown Gala for several years; she. She is a proud supporter of the Georgetown House Tour and our local community parks; she also volunteers for meals on wheels for the elderly.
Co-Chairs Jennifer Altemus, Colleen Girouard and Robin Jones along with their committee, are putting together the evening’s entertainment to include crooner Danny Meyers and his DC Love band playing dance music during cocktails and dinner, a live auction featuring FOX News Commentator, Griff Jenkins , followed by DJ Trophy Brothers upping the tempo for more dancing.
Live auction offerings include:
A 3-night stay in a Four Seasons Executive suite at the foot of Vail Mountain with VIP touches such as tickets to local special events and dining at one of the area’s exceptional restaurants.
An extraordinary Nationals MVP package that includes 4 Presidents Club tickets, 4 on-field passes to watch batting practice, one parking pass, a personalized scoreboard welcome, and a baseball autographed by Stephen Strasburg.
The legendary Georgetown Scavenger Hunt which begins with a cocktail party for 30 followed by a twilight scavenger hunt searching for clues throughout the charming streets of Georgetown, concluding with a dinner in one of the neighborhood’s premier homes.
A cocktail party for 25 people at beautiful Evermay estate – one of the area’s most illustrious historic properties in the heart of Georgetown with extensive gardens and views of Rock Creek Park and the Washington Monument.
A 5-night stay in a Sicilian villa, complementary driver and guide for the duration of the winner’s stay and a culinary experience with a Michelin-starred chef.
A special Washington weekend of entertainment and leisure including an overnight at Four Seasons Georgetown, spa treatments, dining and rooftop cocktails at the Capella
A luxury getaway at The Landings on Skidaway Island in historic Savannah for three nights for two couples in a luxury home, unlimited golf and tennis and lunch & dinner each day.
A special silent auction representing dining and entertaining in Washington including some of DC’s best restaurants - Kafé Leopold, Unum, Peacock Café, plus glassware by A Mano, a wine package and more.
The Gala’s honorary chairs are: Ambassador and Mrs. Claudio Bisogniero, The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, The Honorable Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt, Senator and Mrs. Joseph Lieberman, and John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University.
Sponsors include: Capital Asset Management Group, MRP Realty, Rooney Properties, Kitty Kelley, Long & Foster ~ Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International, Nancy Taylor Bubes of Washington Fine Properties, SB Urban, Chesapeake Management Group, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Jamestown Properties/EastBanc, Georgetown University, The JBG Companies, The Levy Group, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Securitas Security Services USA, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, M.C. Dean, Georgetown Exxon & Georgetown Shell, Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC, Georgetown BID, Creel Printing – Digital Lizard, EagleBank, The Georgetowner, and The Georgetown Current, Second Chance. Additional corporate and individual sponsorships are welcome -- see the CAG website http://www.cagtown.org/ or contact the CAG office.
Back by popular demand, the Gala will extend into the night with an After Party at the Embassy, starting at 10:30 pm. Expect good music, good dancing, a well-stocked open bar, and lots of late night bites.
Tickets can be purchased here.