SHRO Medical Conference, plus honorees from entertainment, business and politics headline NIAF’s 47th Annual Gala


Newswise – (Washington, DC) – The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will celebrate its 47th Anniversary Gala at the elegant Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

The Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO), in collaboration with Temple University’s College of Science and Technology, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Giovan Giacomo Giordano Foundation, will host the medical conference entitled “Italian and American Perspectives on Cancer Care” Saturday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m. as part of the NIAF Gala Weekend.

The conference will focus on oncology research collaborations between Italy and the United States and the challenges of providing cancer care to underprivileged communities. It will feature an introduction by SHRO President Dr. Antonio Giordano, Director of Temple’s Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine and Biotechnology Center, and Dr. Andrea Morrione, who leads the program. Molecular Mechanisms Cancer Signal Transduction at the Institute.

This year, the NIAF will salute its Region of Honor 2022, Tuscany, cradle of the Italian language and the Renaissance. Following a successful regional visit where the NIAF Board met with the President of the Tuscany Region and local government officials, we are proud to partner with Tuscany. Each year, NIAF partners with a region in Italy to promote its culture, business, and tourism in the United States throughout the year.

“The historic ties between Tuscany and the United States are rich. I had the honor of meeting Eugenio Giani, President of the Region of Tuscany, in June, where we discussed the importance of partnership in promoting cultural exchange,” said NIAF President Robert E. Carlucci . “NIAF looks forward to promoting the beautiful region of America while strengthening our historic ties and business opportunities.”

During the Foundation Board’s trip to Tuscany, members visited the Strozzi Palace, the Scuola del Cuoio, the Etruscan Museum of Guarnacci and more. The annual “Mission to Italy” brings together NIAF leaders and Italian local government leaders.

In keeping with tradition, NIAF’s flagship program, Ambassador Peter F. Secchia’s Journey of Discovery, also visited the Region of Honor this summer. Twenty Italian-American students took part in an all-expenses-paid trip to discover Tuscany.

The history of Tuscany makes the whole region a must-visit destination to learn more about the contributions the region has made and which we still appreciate. Starting with the Etruscan civilization that inspired the Roman Empire. The cradle of the Renaissance began in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, thanks in part to the patronage of the arts and humanities of the Medici family. Visitors can retrace the steps of Dante Alighieri, considered the “father of the Italian language”.

Located on the west coast of central Italy, the Tuscan coast stretches along the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian seas. Throughout the region, discover the natural wonder of Tuscany’s hot springs and rolling hills that adorn the countryside. The region is known for its red Chianti wines, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Super Tuscans. Tuscan cuisine includes the purest extra virgin olive oil, pici pasta and Bistecca alla Fiorentina. A meal is not complete without Vin Santo del Chianti DOC, a dessert wine that is a Tuscan symbol of hospitality.

Today, Tuscany continues to build on its historic place as the bedrock of the Renaissance by inspiring the revival of dreams. Whether through museums, festivals, fashion or much more.

NIAF will also celebrate six distinguished Italian and Italian-American awardees for their outstanding achievements and leadership roles in their respective fields. These honorees include: 70th US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in recognition of his service to our country; Congressman serving New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District and Co-Chairman and Dean of Italian-American Congressional Delegation Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr.; Emmy-winning chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis is known for her Emmy-winning series Everyday Italian on the Food Network; Jason Castriota, visionary automotive designer, strategist, innovator and disruptor; A pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry Chief Operating Officer for the international division of Walgreens Boots Alliance Ornella Barra; and Paolo Scaroni, Vice Chairman of Rothschild & Co, Chairman of Giuliani SpA and Chairman of AC Milan – a top Italian football team and winner of the 2022 Serie A championship.

Giada De Laurentiis will curate the menu for the 47th NIAF Gala inspired by Tuscan cuisine.

Hosting the black-tie event will be Maria Bartiromo, NIAF Board Member, Global Markets Anchor and Writer for FOX Business Network and FOX News Channel; and Joe Piscopo, one of America’s most popular comedians and former Saturday Night Live star.

The celebratory evening will begin with the NIAF Campari Aperitivo where guests can taste a selection of Campari products while mingling with the approximately 750 guests expected at the gala.

Prior to the gala will be held the NIAF Forum, a series of seminars focusing on various aspects of the Italy-US relationship, which will take place throughout the day. General Jack Keane, US Army, retired and President of the Institute for the Study of War, will speak at the Forum’s luncheon presentation. At a later date, NIAF will publish a weekend program with details for each seminar.

The NIAF Campari Aperitivo begins at 5:30 p.m. and the gala dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m. The evening will end with an After-Hours evening with entertainment.

To view the full NIAF Gala weekend program please visit

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The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection of Italian American heritage and culture. To find out more about the Foundation and to become a member, go to

About the Sbarro Health Research Organization

The Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO) is a non-profit charitable organization committed to funding excellence in basic genetic research to cure and diagnose cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases and to fostering the training of young physicians in a spirit of professionalism and humanism. To learn more about the SHRO, please visit


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