The Columbus Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement.


CCF Scholarship

The Columbus Citizens Foundation administers scholarship programs that help hundreds of students every year in elementary school, high school, college, and medical school, and graduate programs in the arts.

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Events at the Townhouse

Join Us! CCF runs virtual programming and events at the Townhouse throughout the year

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CCF Career Chats

CCF Career Chats feature our Members, friends, and former scholars providing insights and advice about specific career paths to our current CCF Scholarship recipients. Please visit this page for updates and other resources for our CCF Scholarship recipients throughout the year.

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CCF Scholarship Spotlights

Graduating from school is an achievement that has a profound impact on a student’s life and the lives of their families. We ensure that Italian American students of great promise have the financial support they need to graduate through our CCF Scholarship Program. Read on below for the stories of some of our scholars.

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May 13, 2022

A Fireside Chat with CCF Member Frank Somma Tuesday, May 17 at 6PM

Fireside Chat with CCF Member and 2022 High School Scholarship Committee Chair Frank Somma will now be a free event on Zoom. Frank is a sales expert, speaker, fundraiser, former national president of The Cooley's Anemia Foundation, and author of B2B is Really P2P - How to Win with High Touch in a High Tech World. Find the Zoom link below for his discussion on the communication secrets of charismatic people.


May 04, 2022

Cooley's Anemia Foundation Lecture Tuesday, May 24 at 6PM

Thalassemia (aka Cooley's anemia) is a genetic blood disorder that disproportionately affects people of Italian descent, resulting in a life-threatening anemia. On Tuesday, May 24, members of the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, including CCF Members Peter Chieco and Frank Somma, will provide valuable information on this difficult disorder, including how people can find out if they carry the trait and what is being done to fight thalassemia and how the Italian American community has been affected and involved. Reception at 6PM. Program at 6:30pm.


April 18, 2022

Meet The Candidates: A Conversation with Congressman Lee Zeldin

Columbus Citizens Foundation and Columbus Heritage Coalition are proud to partner for a series of events that will allow you to meet the potential candidates for November's New York State Gubernatorial Election. The second event in this series will be on Monday, April 25 at 5 PM with Congressman Lee Zeldin, who is campaigning as a Republican in the 2022 gubernatorial race. Following the event, attendees also have the option to reserve for a simple buffet dinner for $60 per person.


April 18, 2022

A Discussion with Dr. Tom Catena - Thursday, April 28

As a reminder, on Thursday, April 28, we will host A Discussion with Dr. Tom Catena, a Catholic medical missionary serving in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.

The award-winning Dr. Catena serves as the only surgeon for 1.3 million people in Sudan. RSVP today - you will not want to miss the presentation! The event at the Townhouse begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 PM.


April 18, 2022

CCF Ladies Auxiliary Presents Festa Infiorata - Wednesday, May 4

Join us at our upcoming LAX event, Festa Infiorata, on Wednesday, May 4.

In addition to a boutique and luncheon, the afternoon will feature a fashion show and trunk show presented by Max Mara and Marina Rinaldi. We will holding our traditional 50/50 and MegaBuck raffles, and for the first time, guests will be able to purchase raffle tickets via credit card at the event.

RSVPs may be made by emailing Marguerite Zappa at mzappa@columbuscitizens.org


April 18, 2022

Mother's Day - Sunday, May 8

Mothers anchor, support and provide unconditional love to their families. We will make their day extra special with our annual Mother’s Day dinner!

Adults - $130
Children (under 12 years old) - $65


April 18, 2022

A Virtual CCF Career Chat with Dr. Marissa Lombardo MD

Columbus Citizens Foundation is pleased to invite you to this special event with Marissa Lombardo, MD.

This free CCF Career Chat will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 PM ET. Dr. Lombardo is a Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Vascular Imaging & Nuclear Cardiology. She is an active member of the Alumni Associations of CUNY Hunter College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is an active member and current Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. This Career Chat is sure to be of interest to anyone pursuing a career in the medical field.

To receive your Zoom link, please make sure you RSVP via this form, or by emailing Madi Rathkamp, coordinator, CCF Scholarship program.