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Sons of Italy Foundation® presents

The 35th annual

National Education & Leadership Awards

Gala

Celebrate the Region of Sicily with us

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Washington, DC

Thursday, May 23, 2024 6pm Reception, 7pm Dinner & Awards

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About the Event

Since 1989, the Sons of Italy Foundation’s (SIF) Annual National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala has raised millions of dollars and has hosted many distinguished individuals. Past attendees have included U.S. presidents, members of Congress and the Cabinet, and foreign diplomats.

2024 Event Journal

Previous SIF honorees include President Bill Clinton; President George W. Bush; Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano; U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito; former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; former Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne; science & medicine luminaries Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Robert Gallo, and Dr. Michael Sofia; entertainers Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Annette Funicello, and Gary Sinise; and sports legends Mario Andretti, Geno Auriemma, and Tommy Lasorda.

Founded in 1959, the SIF has contributed millions of dollars to scholarships, medical research, disaster relief efforts, cultural projects, veterans’ causes, and other special projects. The proceeds from the NELA Gala help fund its philanthropy.

Click Here to View a Snapshot of SIF’s History of Giving

Celebrate The Region Of Sicily With Us

Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily stands as a beacon of rich history, unparalleled beauty, and vibrant culture. Renowned as Italy’s largest island, Sicily boasts a tapestry of influences, weaving together Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, and Spanish legacies into its unique identity. 

Sicilian cuisine is a culinary odyssey, celebrated for its fresh seafood, flavorful olives, and aromatic citrus fruits. Indulge in traditional dishes like arancini, cannoli, and pasta alla Norma, each bite a testament to the island’s gastronomic prowess. 

Yet, Sicily’s true allure lies in its warm-hearted people, whose hospitality and zest for life infuse every cobblestone street and bustling piazza with an irresistible charm. As we celebrate Sicily at the 35th Annual National Education & Leadership Awards Gala, let us immerse ourselves in the essence of this enchanting region, honoring its rich heritage and boundless spirit. 

Who's Who

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Mistress of Ceremonies

Adriana Trigiani

Adriana is an award-winning playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. We welcome her hosting our NELA Gala for the first time for our 35th Annual NELA Gala.

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Featured Entertainment

Vanessa Racci

Recording Artist, Producer and Voice Teacher

A recording artist, producer and voice teacher of Italian descent with a passion for retro jazz and music made famous by Italian Americans.

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Honorees

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Lifetime Brotherhood Award

Joseph DiTrapani and Family

Esteemed family, led by cornerstone OSDIA and SIF figure

The DiTrapani Family are esteemed members with deep ties to OSDIA, and successful in business. The family is led by Joseph DiTrapani, a cornerstone figure who has served as both National OSDIA and SIF President.

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Lifetime Achievement Award in Media

Joe Mantegna

Tony and Emmy award-winning actor, producer, writer, and director

Chicago-born Joe Mantegna boasts a diverse career spanning theater, film, and television. This year he returns to receive his second NELA Honor, following his 2002 award and successful career.

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Humanitarian Award

J. Eustace Wolfington

Executive Producer, Cabrini

An accomplished Executive Producer, Eustace has been inspired by Mother Cabrini throughout his career,

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Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts

Deana Martin

Singer, actor and performer

She is an influential American singer, actor and performer, as well as a celebrated author and the very proud daughter of iconic entertainer, Dean Martin.

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Hon. Mark E. Amodei, Member of Congress

Public Service Award

Hon. Mark E. Amodei

United States Representative from the Second District of Nevada

Mark E. Amodei (R-NV) has served as the U.S. Representative for Nevada’s Second Congressional District since 2011.

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Purchase Tickets

Tickets can be easily purchased online. Should you have any questions regarding ticket options, special accommodations, or the purchasing process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at nelagala@osia.org or (202) 547-2900. Our team is dedicated to ensuring your experience is seamless and enjoyable, from selection to celebration at our NELA Gala.

Tickets Only

Price each: $500

Allowable tax deduction: $300

Price For One Ticket

Gold Member Discounted Ticket

Price each: $425

Allowable tax deduction: $300

Price For One Ticket

Only eligible for individual tickets

Tickets, sponsorships, and advertising opportunities are available for purchase on our event vendor payment portal.

Area Accommodations

Explore our carefully curated selection of nearby hotels in Washington DC, each within easy walking distance of the venue. These independently operated accommodations offer convenience and comfort. For reservations and more information, directly visit their websites through the links provided.

Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

202-582-1234

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown

815 14th Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20005

202-783-7800

Washington Marriott at Metro Center

775 12th Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20005

202-737-2200

Sponsorship Opportunites

By sponsoring the NELA Gala, you’re not just enhancing your brand’s visibility; you’re actively supporting the Sons of Italy Foundation and their vital mission. Our sponsorship packages are designed to align with your marketing objectives while contributing to a noble cause. Upon selection, our team will work with you to maximize promotional opportunities and tailor your involvement. Sponsorship benefits include tickets, and a personal follow-up to discuss promotional assets. For more details or to select a package that reflects your commitment, contact us at nelagala@osia.org or (202) 547-2900.

Platinum

Price each: $20,000

Allowable tax deduction: $18,400

  • VIP table of 8, preferred seating
  • Sponsorship announced during Gala event
  • Logo on logo reel playing during Gala
  • Cover page, full-color print ad (8.25” x 10.75”) in the commemorative gala journal
  • Listing in the printed commemorative gala journal as Platinum Sponsor
  • Listing on the Sons of Italy Foundation’s website

Gold

Price each: $10,000

Allowable tax deduction: $8,400

  • Preferred table of 8
  • Sponsorship announced during Gala event
  • Logo on logo reel playing during Gala
  • Full-page, full-color print ad (8.25” x 10.75”) in the commemorative gala journal
  • Listing in the printed commemorative gala journal as Gold Sponsor
  • Listing on the Sons of Italy Foundation’s website

Silver

Price each: $5,000

Allowable tax deduction: $3,400

  • Table of 8
  • Logo on logo reel playing during Gala
  • Half-page, full-color print ad (7.5” x 4.75”) in the commemorative gala journal
  • Listing in the printed commemorative gala journal as Silver Sponsor
  • Listing on the Sons of Italy Foundation’s website

Bronze

Price each: $1,500

Allowable tax deduction: $1,100

  • 2 tickets
  • Logo on logo reel playing during Gala
  • One-Quarter page, full-color print ad (3.75” x 5”) in the commemorative gala journal
  • Listing in the printed commemorative gala journal as Bronze Sponsor
  • Listing on the Sons of Italy Foundation’s website

Tickets, sponsorships, and advertising opportunities are available for purchase on our event vendor payment portal.

Journal Ad Rates

Enhance your brand’s presence in our full-color, high-quality printed commemorative gala journal, a premium keepsake distributed to all esteemed attendees. Available advertising options include full page, half page, and quarter page placements, allowing you to select the perfect scale for your message and budget. This is an exclusive opportunity to make a lasting impression with a discerning audience. For detailed rates and to book your spot, contact us directly at nelagala@osia.org or (202) 547-2900.

Full Page

Price each: $1,000

Full-Page, Full-Color Print Ad (8.25” x 10.75”) In Commemorative Gala Journal

Half-Page

Price each: $500

Half-Page, Full-Color Print Ad (7.5” x 4.75”) In Commemorative Gala Journal

One-Quarter Page

Price each: $250

One Quarter-Page, Full-Color Print Ad (3.75” x 5”) In Commemorative Gala Journal

Tickets, sponsorships, and advertising opportunities are available for purchase on our event vendor payment portal.

Business Directory

We are proud to spotlight the many businesses who support our efforts, and many of these companies offer perks and discounts to our members!

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