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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

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

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