Columbian Foundation
See Photos From the 2019 Bocce Tournament!
See Photos from the 2019 Awards Extravaganza!
See Photos From the 2019 Golf Tournament!
See Photos From the 2019 NYC Columbus Day Parade!
See Photos From the 2018 Veterans Day Ceremony!

78th Annual Awards Dinner

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

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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

Columbian Foundation Presents Scholarship Check to Seton Hall University

This fall, Columbian Foundation members Pasquale Giannetta, ESQ and Andrew Vassallo presented a scholarship check to Seton Hall University. The gift will be used in support of scholarships to exceptional students in the University’s Italian Studies program as well as to support the initiatives of the Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute which helps promote and sustain Italian language, history and culture at the University and in the local community.

Thank you to all of our generous supporters throughout the year for making moments like this possible!

Click here to read Seton Hall University’s letter of gratitude to the Foundation. 

Prof. Gabriella Romani, director of the Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute, Prof. William Connell, Joseph and Geraldine La Motta Chair in Italian History, Mr. Vassallo, Ms. Paola Amato, Mr. Giannetta, Dr. Karen DeMarco Boroff, Interim Provost, and Prof. David Beneteau, Italian Professor

Pasquale Giannetta and Andrew Vassallo with Prof. William Connell, Joseph and Geraldine La Motta Chair in Italian History, and Dr. Karen DeMarco Boroff, Interim Provost at Seton Hall University

2019 Bocce Tournament Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 Columbian Foundation Bocce Tournament Winners! Click here for more photos from the event.

1st Place – Chief II – John Centanni, Gerard Centanni, Angelo Rizzitello and Michael Fortunato.

2nd Place – The Jersey Lions – John Venezia, Anthony Parrillo, Scott “The Protagonist” Robertson and Keith Cinera.

3rd Place – Team Fiala – Pete Fiala, John Leitgo, Dave Lentz and Nick Sabatino.

New Jersey Senator Anthony Bucco

The Columbian Foundation is saddened by the passing of New Jersey Senator Anthony R. Bucco, father of Columbian Foundation member Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco and a recipient of the 2015 Columbian Foundation Humanitarian & Achievement Award.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, September 20 from 10 AM – 12 PM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 910 Birch Street, Boontom, NJ 07005.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tony’s family, friends, and colleagues. Donations are requested in his memory to the Daytop School, 80 West Main St., Mendham or to the Boonton Fire Department.

Columbian Foundation Golf Outing

Thank you to those who participated in our annual golf outing, and congratulations to this year’s winners! 

1st Team
Frank PaPainni
Tyler Quarantiello
George Delgardo
Mike Munsrell

2nd Team
Andy Vassallo
Jack Melon
Joe Tilton
Mike Testa

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Columbian Foundation Scholarship Presentations

Thanks to the generous support we have received from Columbian Foundation events, we were able to present scholarship checks to the following schools in 2019: 

NJIT Scholarship Presentation, February 6, 2019. From L-R: Carolyn Jandoli, NJIT Alumni; John G. Centanni, Columbian Foundation President; William McDermott, Director of Career Services for NJIT; Pasquale Giannetta, Columbian Foundation Scholarship Chairman

Rocco Cioffi, NJIT scholarship recipient and William McDermott, Director of Career Services for NJIT

Seton Hall Law School Scholarship Presentation, February 7, 2019. From L-R: John G. Centanni, Columbian Foundation President; Gabriel Bamberski, Seton Hall Law School President; Dean Boozang, scholarship recipient; Joseph Florio, scholarship recipient; Pasquale Giannetta, Columbian Foundation Scholarship Chairman

Rutgers Medical School Check Presentation

On January 9th, members of the Columbian Foundation presented scholarships to Rutgers Medical School students. 

From L to R: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Student, Gary Hoffman; Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Student, Nicholas Colonna; Columbian Foundation President, John G. Centanni; Dean of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP; Columbian Foundation Scholarship Chairman, Pasquale Giannetta, ESQ.; Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Student, Angela DaCosta; Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Student, Ashley Leto

From L to R: Columbian Foundation President, John G. Centanni; Dean of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP; Columbian Foundation Scholarship Chairman, Pasquale Giannetta, ESQ.

77th Annual Awards Dinner

Thank you to this year’s honorees, supporters and attendees on helping make the 77th Annual Achievement and Humanitarian Awards Dinner a great success!

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Meet the 2018 honorees:

Assemblywomen BettyLou DeCroce, Assistant Republican Leader| Watch Video

John Gallucci, Jr., President and CEO of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy | Watch Video

Ann Grossi, Morris County Clerk | Watch Video

Mark Spitzer, Undersheriff of Morris County | Watch Video

Meet Our Newest Members

On Monday, March 12 at Bella Napoli in Bloomfield, the Columbian Foundation welcomed three new members The men that were sworn in by Columbian Foundation president, Thomas Cinque, were Peter F. DiPaolo, M.D., board certified orthopedic surgeon; John Acunto, restaurant entrepreneur and Mark Guarino, Credit Manager, UBS Financial, all seen here with Columbian Foundation Co-Chairman, Pasquale Giannetta.

Congratulations!

Buon Natale from the Columbian Foundation!

 

TOP ROW, L to R: Frank Christiano, Robert Petrocine, John Venezia Jr., Thomas Mastrangelo, Stephen Jandoli, Richard Guarino, Andrew Vassallo, Victor Galante, Michael Calabro, Anthony Iacullo, Pasquale Giannetta, Antonio Prioletti BOTTOM ROW, L to R: Bruno Castellano, Al Lembo, John Centanni, Thomas Cinque, Charles DiLorenzo

Bruno and Jackie Castellano

Members of the Columbian Foundation, their significant others and guests gathered on Monday, December 4th at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville to celebrate the holiday season. From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year!

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