Dear Friends of the Sons of Italy Foundation,

April 3, 2020

Dear Friends of the Sons of Italy Foundation,

In March, we made the difficult decision to postpone our 32nd Annual National Education and Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala from Friday, May 22nd, 2020 to Friday, August 28th, 2020. Within the last few weeks, however, the uncertainty and concerns surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic have only increased.

In prioritizing the health and safety light of our attendees, the Sons of Italy Foundation officers and Board of Trustees have decided to further postpone 32nd Annual NELA Gala to Friday, May 28th, 2021.

The Sons of Italy Foundation is taking every precaution to reduce potential health risks, and rescheduling for next year will allow our guests to safely gather and celebrate the Italian American community. The venue and program for the NELA Gala remain unchanged aside from the date.

Should you have any questions regarding this change, please contact

During this challenging time, we keep those suffering in our own country as well as our sisters and brothers in Italy and throughout the rest of the world in our thoughts and prayers. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021 to continue this beloved tradition of celebrating our Italian culture and heritage.


Nancy DiFiore Quinn

OSDIA National President and SIF Chair

Joseph Sciame

SIF President

Joseph DiTrapani

OSDIA Chief Operating Officer