Columbian Foundation

Award Extravaganza

2023 Award Winners




2021 Award Winners



2019 Award Winners


2018 Award Winners


2017 Award Winners


2016 Award Winners


2015 Award Winners


2014 Award Winners


2013 Award Winners


2012 Award Winners


2011 Award Winners


2009 Special Recognition Award

A special recognition plaque given to members of 40 or more years of distinguished service, given by President Lembo. Member picture from left to right: Peter Albano, CPA, Joseph Bonanno, Real Estate Developer, Bruno Castellano, Castelton Furniture, Frank Galante, Funeral Director, Joseph Petillo, Habadasher

Jimmy Durante, Screen Star

Perry Como, Vocalist

Guy Lombardo, Orchestra Leader

Frankie Lane, Vocalist

Joseph DiMaggio, Baseball Player

Rick Cerone, Baseball Player

Phil Rizzuto, Baseball Player

Rocky Marciano, World’s Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Lawrence “Yogi” Berra, Baseball Player

Joni James, Vocalist

Connie Francis, Vocalist

Frank Avalon, Vocalist

Joey Sam Champi, Student and Athlete

Frank Langella, Actor

Giorgio Chinaglia, Soccer Star

Alfredo Silipigni, Opera Director

Luciano Pavarotti, Opera Star

Lou Lamoriello, President and GM of the New Jersey Devils

Angelo R. Bianchi, Esq., Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Banking

Vincent Visceglia, Business, Civic Leader, and Philanthropist

Arthur E. Imperator, Business and Civic Leader

John P. Renna, New Jersey Commissioner of Community Affairs

Rocco J. Marano, Business and Civic Leader

Joseph Bonanno, Business and Civic Leader

Anthony J. Pope, Esq., New Jersey Trial Attorney

Msgr. Joseph J. Granato, Pastor of St. Lucy’s Church

Hon. James R. Zazzali, Chief Justice (Ret.)

A.J. Buddy Fortunato, Publisher of The Italian Tribune Newspaper

Joseph P. La Sala, Esq., Lawyer

Anthony E. Ambrose III, Newark Director of Polices

Francis J. Lombardi, P.E., Chief Engineer of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Richard J. Badolato, Esq, Lawyer

Rocco Malanga, Law Enforcement

Francis Joseph Giantommas, Lawyer

Dr. Richard A. Boiardo, Orthopedic Surgeon

Wayne J. Positan, Esq., Attorney

Patrick G. LePore, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Boron, LePore and Associates

Frank L. Fumai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cathedral Healthcare Systems

Judge Nicholas H. Politan, United States District Court For the District of New Jersey

Nicholas L. Ribis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Trump Hotel & Casino Resorts, Inc.

Joseph A. Natoli, President, Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp.

Peter Palmeri, Vice Chairman First Fidelity Bancorporation

Frank P. Farinella, Builder, Developer

Sister Jane France Brady, President and Chief Executive of

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Anthony R. Coscia, Chairman of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Elissa J. Santoro, M.D., Breast Surgical Oncologist

Joseph J. Santiago, Law Enforcement

Thomas J. D’Alessio, Law Enforcement, Civic Leader

Ronald J. Riccio, Educator

Richard V. Bonamo, Industrialist

Emil W. Solimine, Business and Civic Leader

Thomas H. Kean, Governor of New Jersey

Monsignor John J. Petillo, Chancellor Seton Hall University

Robert M. Kossick, Banker, Businessman, Economic Forecaster

Adm. Hyman Rickover, Father of Nuclear Navy

Paul Alongi, Philanthropist

Philip Alampi, N.J. Secretary of Agriculture

Rev. Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J., Educator

Charles H. Marciante, Union Leader

Joseph L. Muscarelle, Builder, Philanthropist

Fortune R. Pope, Publisher, Philanthropist

Anthony Serano, Business Leader

James R. Giuliano, Esq., Jurist

Joseph Minish, Esq., Congressman

Anthony J. Grossi, Public Utility Commissioner

Dr. V.D. Mattia, Business Leader

Dr. Peter Sammartino, Educator

Peter Rodino III, Youth Leader

Peter W. Rodino Jr., Esq., Congressman

Salvatore Bontempo, Commissioner, City and State

Louis Schiavone, Industrialist

Joseph DeDeo, Hospital Administrator

Most Rev. John J. Dougherty, Educator

Major General J. B. Medaris, Military Leader

C. Thomas Schettino, Jurist

Rt. Rev. Msgr. John McNulty, Educator

Salvatore Giordano, Industrialist

Joshua Lionell Cowen, Industrialist

Major John Gentile, Air Force Ace, Second World War

William G. Hetherington, War Correspondent

Ferdinand D. Masucci, Jurist

Dr. Bruno Rossi, Nuclear Physicist

Angelo Patri, Educator

Enrico Fermi, Nuclear Physicist

Alben W. Barkley, Vice President, United States of America

Gen. Leslie Groves, Manhattan Atomic Bomb Project

Sgt. John Basilone, Congressional Medal of Honor

Benjamin M. DelVento, Attorney

Angelo J. Genova, Attorney

Robert A. Bianchi, Esq., Morris County Prosicutor

Antonio Grande, Restaurateur

Joseph N. DiVincenzio, Jr., Essex County Executive

Cesarina Augusto Earl, Publisher of the Italian Voice

John G. Centanni, Jr., Fire Chief City of Newark

Joseph Leone Introna, Restaurateur

William J. Connell, Professor of History and La Motta Chair in Italian Studies, Seton Hall University

Samuel A. DeMaio, Police Director City of Newark

Anthony P. Caggiano, Jr., MD

Elisa Coccia, President, Coccia Foundation

Anthony George DeZenzo, Chief of Police (Retired), Parisppany-Troy Hills

Stephen Lo Iacono, City Manager

Robert L. Johnson, M.D., FAAP, Dean, New Jersey Medical School

Charles Alberto, Founder and President, Form Cut Industries, Inc.

Thomas Mastrangelo, Freeholder Director, Morris County

Nicola Bevacqua, III, Reservoir Tavern

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