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CCF offers opportunities for students to engage with all things Italian through study abroad, internships, or other programs in Italy. The applications for the study abroad scholarships are now open. The deadline is April 15, 2024.

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A Celebration of the work of Hary Warren aka Salvatore Guaragna:
Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood

Thursday, February 29

Join us on Thursday, February 29, for a melodious evening of songs and classic movie clips highlighting Harry Warren's illustrious career presented by music educator and performer, Robert Lamont, accompanied by cabaret/jazz singer Vanessa Racci. Warren, Italian-American born , had an impressive career that began with Tin Pan Alley and spanned through his hit Broadway musicals and movies. The most important Italian American composer of popular songs of the 20th century, the Brooklyn native won three Academy Awards for Best Song, had more than 55 songs that charted in the Top 10 on “Your Hit Parade” with 16 hitting number one, and his compositions form a core of the American Songbook. Come celebrate this Italian American composer’s heritage with songs in Italian and lead the audience in a finale singalong to the Oscar-nominated hit, “That’s Amore.” The reception begins at 6:00pm, followed by the program at 6:30pm. 

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A Discussion with Melissa DeRosa
Tuesday, March 5

On Tuesday, March 5, Angelo Vivolo invites you to a conversation with Melissa DeRosa, a 20 year veteran of politics and government at the senior most levels, is a democratic strategist living in New York City.

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Music of Nature with Cristiana Pegoraro
Friday, March 8

On Friday, March 8, celebrated Italian pianist and composer Cristiana Pegoraro demonstrates her deep passion and enthusiasm for classical music in a format that combines live piano performances with stimulating conversation about the composers' lives, impact, and artistry.

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Festa della Donne
Saturday, March 9



The 5th Annual Festa Della Donna event features five talented women; Vannessa Racci, Danielle Fusco, Dina Gregory, Ripley-Lucas Tagliani, Regina DeCiccoand guest of honor Kathrine Narducci.. Join us on Saturday, March 9 at 6:30PM. Tickets are $20.

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A Fireside Chat with Terry Golway
Thursday, March 14

Join us Thursday, March 14, 2024 for a fireside chat with Terry Golway, in advance of is latest book, "I Never Did Like Politics" about former Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Terry Golway was a senior editor at POLITICO and the author of several works of history, including Frank and Al and Machine Made. 

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A Talk with Dr. Cascianelli, Head of School at La Scuola d'Italia - Wednesday, March 20



Join us Wednesday, March 20, 2024 for a presentation on Structuring and Leading Contexts for Talent Development, High-Performance and Well-being with Dr. Cascianelli, Head of School at La Scuola d'Italia, New York. La Scuola d'Italia offers a unique bilingual English-Italian curriculum for elementary and high school students. We look forward to Dr. Cascianelli's talk, his impressions of his first year in NYC, and vision for La Scuola.

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Paul Moses author of The Italian Squad
Thursday, March 21



Please join us Thursday, March 21 for a discussion with Paul Moses, a professor emeritus of journalism at Brooklyn College and a former reporter and city editor at Newsday’s New York City edition. He is the author of The Italian Squad: The True Story of the Immigrant Cops Who Fought the Rise of the Mafia, which tracks the detectives of the NYPD following the murder of their heroic founder, Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino.

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Feast of San Giuseppe
Saturday, March 23

Members and their guests are invited to the Townhouse on Saturday, March 23 for CCF's Annual Feast of San Giuseppe. Join us for this joyous community celebration which includes our St. Joseph's Table. Donations of non-perishable foods can be brought to the Townhouse anytime and will be accepted starting March 1st. Last year we collected and donated over 100 pounds of food as a result of the community's generosity! The event includes a cocktail reception with traditional hors d'oeuvres, three-course dinner, desserts, wine and music. Our San Giuseppe dinner is a popular event, so please do not hesitate to make your reservation.

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Easter Sunday at the Townhouse
Sunday, March 31

CCF offers two Easter Sunday seatings, 1:00PM and 4:00PM, for Members and their guests for a traditional Easter menu. Colored eggs, Easter candy & chocolates for the kids!

PLEASE NOTE: TWO SEATINGS ARE AVAILABLE - 1 PM OR 4 PM Adults - $140 | Children (12 and under) - $65 + service & tax. Easter reservations are for Members and their guests. RSVP online, or contact Marguerite at mzappa@columbuscitizens.org. Business attire required. Cancellations must be received at least 72 hours in advance, or you will be subject to full charge.

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FEATURED PROJECTS - THE PICCIRILLI BROTHERS

The Foundation sponsors many projects and activities aimed at promoting Italian-American excellence and highlighting the immense contribution that Italians have made to the United States throughout history

Among many other initiatives CCF, in the first 2023 has sponsored a documentary on the Piccirilli Brothers, Italian sculptors who changed the face of public works in the United States with iconic sculptures.

The masterly Piccirilli brothers set up a shop in the Bronx and used hammers and chisels to create some of the most important public sculptures in the city.
We were delighted to host the Italian American Podcast earlier last year for the taping of an episode with Eduardo Montes-Bradley describing his work and how he came to be interested in the Piccirilli, their Bronx carving workshop and school, the enduring legacy of their extraordinary works of art.

Columbus Citizens Foundation is thrilled to be a partner with Eduardo Montes-Bradely in the creation of this documentary that sheds light on an important aspect of Italian American culture. All immigrants have contributed to the betterment of the United States in very profound ways

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