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

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

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 “ organize. on Saturday 29 October at 9:00 am 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. There will be an introduction by SHRO President Dr. Antonio Giordano, director of Temple’s Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine and Center for Biotechnology, and Dr. Andrea Morrione, who directs the Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer Signal Transduction Program at the Institute.

This year, the NIAF will welcome its 2022 Region of Honor, Tuscany, the birthplace of the Italian language and Renaissance. After a successful visit to the region, during which the Board of NIAF met with the President of the Region of Tuscany and local government representatives, we are proud to be working with Tuscany. Each year, NIAF partners with a region in Italy to promote their culture, economy and tourism throughout the United States throughout the year.

“The historical links between Tuscany and the United States are rich. I had the privilege of meeting with Eugenio Giani, President of the Tuscany Region, in June, where we discussed the importance of partnership in promoting cultural exchange,” said NIAF Chair Robert E. Carlucci. “NIAF looks forward to promoting America’s beautiful region while strengthening our historic connections 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 local Italian government officials.

Following tradition, the cornerstone program of the NIAF, Ambassador Peter F. Secchia, also visited the Region of Honor this summer. Twenty Italian-American college students took part in an all-inclusive trip to explore Tuscany.

The history of Tuscany makes the entire region a must-see to learn more about the contributions the region has made and that we still enjoy. Beginning with the Etruscan civilization that inspired the Roman Empire. The birthplace of the Renaissance began in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, thanks in part to the Medici family’s patronage of the arts and humanities. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Dante Alighieri, considered the “father of the Italian language”.

The coast of Tuscany lies on the west coast of central Italy and 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 landscape. The region is known for its red wines from the Chianti, the Brunello di Montalcino, the Nobile di Montepulciano and the 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 expand its historical place as the bedrock of the Renaissance by inspiring the rebirth of dreams. Be it through museums, festivals, fashion or much more.

NIAF will also celebrate six distinguished Italian and Italian-American honorees for their exceptional achievements and leadership in their respective fields. These honorees include: The 70th Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, in recognition of his services to our country; Congressman in New Jersey’s 9th congressional district and co-chairman and dean of the Italian-American congressional delegation Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.; Chef and Emmy-winning television personality Giada De Laurenti is known for her Emmy-winning series Everyday Italian on the Food Network; Visionary automotive designer, strategist, innovator and disruptor Jason Castriota; A pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry, Chief Operating Officer for the international division of the Walgreens Boots Alliance, Ornella Barra; and Paolo Scaroni, vice-chairman Rothschild & Co, chairman of Giuliani SpA and chairman of AC Milan – a leading Italian football team and champion of the 2022 Serie A.

Giada De Laurentiis will curate the Tuscan-inspired menu for the NIAF’s 47th Gala.

The Gala will be hosted by Maria Bartiromo, NIAF Board Member, Anchor and Global Markets Editor for FOX Business Network and FOX News Channel; and Joe Piscopo, one of America’s favorite comedians and former Saturday Night Live star.

The evening celebration begins with the NIAF’s Campari Aperitivo, where guests can enjoy a selection of Campari products while mingling with the approximately 750 guests expected to attend the gala.

The Gala will be preceded by the NIAF Forum, a series of seminars on various aspects of Italy-US relations that will take place throughout the day. General Jack Keane, US Army retired and Chair of the Institute for the Study of War, will speak at the Forum’s presentation luncheon. At a later date, NIAF will publish a weekend schedule detailing each seminar.

The NIAF’s Campari Aperitivo starts at 17:30 and the gala dinner follows at 19:00. The evening ends with an after-hours party with entertainment.

To see the entire NIAF Gala weekend schedule, 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 learn more about the Foundation and to become a member, please visit

About the Sbarro Health Research Organization

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


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