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See Photos From the 2019 Golf Tournament!
See Photos From the 2019 NYC Columbus Day Parade!

2021 “Christmas in April” Humanitarian COVID- 19 Essential Workers Awards Dinner

The Columbian Foundation hosted the Humanitarian COVID- 19 Essential Workers’ Awards dinner on Monday, April 19, 2021 at the Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, NJ

Honorees included Captain Philip J. Alfano IV, Newark Department of Public Safety Fire Division; Natalee Vaccaro- Barlett, East Hanover Schools Superintendent; The Biondi Family of Biondi Funeral Home; Samantha DeMaio, RN, Morristown Medical Center; Michael Frungillo, CEO and President, Gourmet Dining LLC; Firefighter/EMT Anthony Malanga, Belleville, New Jersey Fire Department; Marissa Marcantonio, RN, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Captain Steven M. Piatti, Administrative Captain, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Corrections; EMT Thomas Gerard Salandra, Crew Chief, West Essex Volunteer First Aid Squad; and Paul Yodice, MD, FCCP, FCCM, Chair of the Department of Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. 

This Awards Dinner marked the first major in-person gathering of the Foundation since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. This event was due to take place in December of 2020, but restrictions forced the postponement of the Foundation’s annual Christmas gathering, hence the Foundation’s “Christmas in July” theme. 

The Foundation was thrilled to honor some of the truly outstanding men and women who rose to the occasion in their respective communities during this unprecedented time.

Click here to view photos from the event!

2021 Columbian Foundation Golf Outing

Join us at the 2021 Columbian Foundation Golf Outing, which will be held on May 10 at the Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield.

Click here to download the golf outing brochure. Please e-mail the filled out brochure or any additional questions to Pat Giannetta at

The Columbian Foundation Welcomes Two New Members

The Columbian Foundation recently welcomed two new members to their prestigious Italian-American organization. From left to right: Columbian Foundation president, John G. Centanni; new member Frank Ameo; member Joseph Bonnano, Sr.; new member Joseph Bonnano, Jr.; and Columbian Membership Chairperson, Pasquale Giannetta, Esq. 

The Columbian Foundation Awarded Proclamation from the State of New Jersey

New Jersey Senator Anthony Bucco recently presented Columbian Foundation president, John G. Centanni and its members a joint legislative resolution in honor of Italian-American Heritage Month in October. This was awarded to the Columbian Foundation for their part in promoting Italian-American culture throughout the Garden State. 

Italian Culture Night

On behalf of Tony Prioletti, Chairperson of the Italian Culture Night, we are happy to announce that Il Capriccio has been secured for Monday evening, September 21st @ 6:30 PM.  Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Gerard Esposito.  Cost will be $110 per person. A formal invitation and menu will follow shortly.  Friends or guests of members are also invited to this event.  Any questions, please contact Tony Prioletti.  Any members looking to send in a check for the dinner can be sent to Treasurer, Anthony Iuso, 262 Main Street, Suite 207, Little Falls, NJ 07424.  Please RSVP as soon as possible so that we can inform Il Capriccio on the approximate number of guests attending.  Also, you will be receiving an email from Membership Committee Chairperson Pat Giannetta explaining how this event will be utilized as our  “Member Guest Meeting”.  

For clarification, the original pending date of Tuesday, September 15th could NOT be secured by Il Capriccio.  

The Columbian Foundation Supports COVID-19 Frontline Workers

Columbian Foundation President, John G. Centanni, Jr.; Board of Trustees Anthony Iacullo, Esq.; Treasurer Anthony Iuso; and Member Antonio Prioletti prepares Calandra’s Bakery delivery of pastries to frontline workers who are battling the COVID-19 crisis. Deliveries include Saint Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston) April 8, 2020; Overlook Medical Center (Summit) April 13, 2020; Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center (Montclair) April 13, 2020; Clara Maass Medical Center (Belleville) April 14, 2020, Morristown Medical Center (Morristown) April 16, 2020.


NJIT Scholarship Presentation

William McDermott, Executive Director of Development at NJIT, Columbian Foundation scholarship chairman, Pasquale Giannetta, Esq, Columbian Foundation president, John G. Centanni, and 2019 Columbian Foundation Honoree Carolyn Jandoli present a scholarship check to NJIT student Sal Casazza. 

Scholarship Check Presentation to Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

On January 15, 2020, Columbian Foundation Scholarship Chairman Pasquale F. Giannetta, ESQ. and Dean Robert l. Johnson from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School awarded Mia Bertoli, Adam Fano, Angelica Gangemi, Margaret Montovano and Emily Moore scholarships to further their studies. Best of luck to you!

Buon Natale from the Columbian Foundation!

The Columbian Foundation thanks you for another year of your loyal support. Have a happy and healthy holiday season! 

Click here to view photos from our annual Christmas party, held on December 9 at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, NJ. 

78th Annual Awards Dinner

Thank you for joining the Columbian Foundation at our 78th Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 19!

Click here to view photos.

Meet the 2019 honorees:

Edward Cetnar
Superintendent/Director of Police, Port Authority of NY/NJ

Jack Citarelli 
Former New Jersey Assemblyman

Carolyn Jandoli
Senior Director, Global Technology Operations, Merck & Co. Inc.
East Hanover, New Jersey Councilwoman

Darren Rispoli
Coordinator of Ceremonial and Program Development, Newark Fire Department

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