It's a tradition that dates back to 1944, the year the Columbus
Citizens Foundation's predecessor organization was incorporated. On the
weekend before Columbus Day, Foundation members and their guests meet in
the Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom for an evening of friendship and
entertainment that celebrates the strong bonds between Italy and the
United States while raising funds for scholarships.
During the evening, the Foundation pays tribute to the year's
honorees and the Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day Parade. These men
and women share several characteristics: they are leaders in their
chosen fields, they are deeply committed to their families, and they are
grateful for the opportunities their families have received in America,
as well as the Italian heritage that they hold dear.
The ballroom stage has seen performances by exceptional singers from many categories of music: American Idol
star Elise Testone, opera tenor Salvatore Licitra,
entertainer Joe Piscopo, and scores of other outstanding talents. And
the ballroom’s dance floor vibrates from the tread of dancers' feet long
into the night.
If you have not been part of our Parade, we invite you to add your name to our long list of proud participants! To learn more about marching in the Parade, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-249-9923.
If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, click here!
For more information about the Mission of our Foundation and our philanthropic endeavors, contact our Executive Director, David Iommarini, at DIommarini@columbuscitizens.org.
Recognizing the incredible impact that our Italian heritage has had on our lives and its contribution to our individual successes, we the members of the Columbus Citizens Foundation dedicate ourselves to preserving and enhancing the culture, traditions and values we were so blessed to receive. Furthermore, we will commit to honor those that came before us by ensuring that their love of country, family and tireless work ethic are passed to our children and all future generations. We firmly commit to raise and distribute financial aid to educate children in need and pledge to extend ourselves in perpetuating the philanthropic work that has been synonymous with our Foundation.