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.
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.
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.
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.