Thank you to everyone who supported our Annual Luncheon! The event, held on April 22, 2017 at the St. Regis New York, was a great success.
We were honored by the generosity of our event sponsors, honorees, silent auction donors, event guests, and journal supporters. Navigate through the tabs above for a closer look at the event and silent auction, our 2017 honorees, sponsors, and donors.
The event kicked off with a silent auction featuring a wide array of items, including gift certificates to some of New York City’s best restaurants along NOIAW’s “Restaurant Row”, Italian designer handbags, deluxe gourmet and wine baskets with the highest-quality Italian artisanal products, signed books and cookbooks by Italian American authors, and travel and heritage discovery packages in Italy. Guests also contributed by purchasing raffle tickets for the chance to win prizes, including a stunning pearl bracelet, a dine-around at some of New York’s top restaurants and signed cookbooks by Lidia Bastianich, an Echo smart speaker and gourmet food basket.
Each guest took home a gift bag filled with generously donated items including De Cecco pasta, Illy Coffee drinks, Rienzi fruit-infused balsamic vinegars, gift certificates to Grimaldi’s Pizza in Brooklyn and The Florentine newspaper.
Lunch was served at 1PM in the grand ballroom. Internationally known award winning soprano and longtime member of NOIAW Cristina Fontanelli beautifully sang the Italian and American national anthems and Fr. Ralph Edel, of St. Margaret Church, Middle Village, Queens, gave the invocation. NOIAW Chair Maria Tamburri welcomed guests, thanked sponsors and acknowledged distinguished members of our community, including Distinguished NOIAW Board Member Margaret I. Cuomo, MD.
She also thanked Co-chairs Robyn Imbimbo and Cav. Mary Ann Mattone for their endless effort and generosity in making this event a reality. Both women serve as directors on NOIAW’s National Board: Robyn Imbimbo is NOIAW Board Treasurer and Cav. Mary Ann Mattone serves as Board Secretary.
Ms. Tamburri also introduced Consul General of Italy in New York Francesco Genuardi who congratulated NOIAW for promoting Italian language and culture, and ended his remarks with the words: “Long live Italian-American women”!
Robyn Imbimbo Luncheon Co-Chair reiterated NOIAW’s mission that “has enabled us to reflect on the past; but most importantly, address the present and impact the future to further strengthen and advance Italian American women, while honoring our ancestry and legacy. Ms. Imbimbo presented NOIAW’s 2017 scholarship awards to Amanda Antonucci (award in honor of David A. and Rita D. Martone, donated by Patricia Martone) and Marissa Como (award donated by NYCB).
Unable to be present were scholarship award winners Bridget Bagileo (The Honorable Geraldine A. Ferraro Scholarship Award donated by John A. Zaccaro), Andrea Leone-Pizzzighella (award donated by Columbus Citizens Foundation), and Samantha Moruzzi (award donated by NOIAW National Board of Directors).
Sarah Capasso-Kosan, a 2016 Honorable Geraldine A. Ferraro Scholarship recipient and second year law student at Brooklyn College spoke about the NOIAW Scholarship Program.
William A. Tramontano, Ph.D. introduced NOIAW 2017 Honoree Vita Carulli Rabinowitz, Ph.D. Dr. Vita Carulli Rabinowitz is Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost at The City University of New York.
Also receiving a Friend of NOIAW Award was Mr. Joseph R. Ficalora, President and CEO of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYCB), who was introduced by Co-chair Cav. Mary Ann Mattone, RN/MPH.
We are proud to have honored Dr. Vita Carulli Rabinowitz and Dr. Lori Ann Attivissimo, two women of distinction and prominence in their respective fields, and to acknowledge Mr. Joseph R. Ficalora with the Friend of NOIAW Award in appreciation for his generous support of our organization and its mission. We are pleased to welcome them into our community. They join a long list of distinguished NOIAW honorees, including our founding member, the late Hon. Geraldine A. Ferraro; Lidia Mattichio Bastianich; Anna Quindlen, Alisyn Camerota and many more.
Dr. Vita Carulli Rabinowitz is Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost at The City University of New York since July 2015. For nearly a decade prior to her current position, Dr. Rabinowitz served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hunter College, where she has been a dedicated faculty member for her entire academic career. She has previously held a variety of administrative positions including chairperson of the Department of Psychology, acting associate provost, and acting provost.
Dr. Lori Ann Attivissimo has devoted her career to improving hospice and palliative care. She has advanced Northwell Health Hospice Care Network (HCN) into a premier hospice provider. Dr. Attivissimo serves as HCN’s senior medical director, overseeing the medical services for patients across Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. HCN serves an average of 520 end-of-life patients daily. Dr. Attivissimo also helped create the Miracle Foundation Home-Based Palliative Care Center, serving as senior medical director.
Mr. Joseph R. Ficalora received a Friend of NOIAW Award in appreciation for his generous support of our organization and its mission. Mr. Ficalora is President and CEO of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYCB) the 22nd largest bank holding company in the nation. Under Ficalora’s leadership, the company has evolved from a mutual savings bank with seven branches to a publicly traded multi-bank holding company with 255 branches.
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Dom & Rose Ciampa
Grimaldi & Yeung LLP
Italian Welfare League
Linda and Gregory Galdi
Northwell Health Hospice Care Network
Tiro A Segno of New York, Inc.