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Sons of Italy Foundation® presents

The 35th annual

National Education & Leadership Awards


Celebrate the Region of Sicily with us

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Washington, DC

Thursday, May 22, 2025 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


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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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