The Columbian Foundation has been busy during the Fall of 2021!
Thank you to everyone who made our 79th annual awards celebration a success! Click here to view photos.
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual golf outing on May 10, 2021 at Forest Hill Golf Club. Click here to view photos from the event.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!