Welcome to the 32ndAnnual National Education and Leadership Award Gala

A Virtual Event

Hosted by the SIF® and the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America®

The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), will be hosting its 32nd Annual National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala on Friday, May 28, 2021. The gala will be held virtually and will recognize highly accomplished honorees, award scholarships to outstanding students, present a van donation to Help Our Military Heroes, and feature a special musical performance by “The People’s Tenor” Michael Amante.


Joe Mantegna of the CBS series CRIMINAL MINDS Photo Cliff Lipson/CBS
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Our friend Joe Mantegna, will return as our Master of Ceremony and General Peter W. Chiarelli will be our 2021 Honorary Chairman.

We will enjoy our 32nd Annual Gala with a special program, will celebrate what we have accomplished in 2020 and honor our distinguished friends in Education & Leadership, Business, Humanitarian support , Courage and Patriotism and Lifetime Achievement.


General Peter W. Chiarelli
United States Army, Ret.

We will also recognize the Italian American students with the 2021 SIF® National Leadership Grants.

During the program, the SIF will award over $75,000 in scholarships and commemorate its donation of $20,000 to Help Our Military Heroes with special video presentations. The donation provides a fully equipped, adaptive minivan to our country’s most severely wounded, injured, and ill service men and women who sustained their injuries while on active duty.

The SIF will also recognize a past year of donations to several important causes—including $15,000 to The V Foundation for Cancer Research and $10,000 to Ronald McDonald House of New York.

Featuring a Live Auction, Cocktail Hour with Virtual Tables of 10 (your friends will see you!)

Auction items include a Ferragamo Limited Edition Handbag, Two (2) Tickets to the 2020 U.S. Open Golf, Ronald Reagan

Auction items include an Italian Dual-Citizenship Package from My Italian Family, Lady Gaga VIP Concert Experience for Two, Your Choice of NFL Game Experience in 2021 or 2022, St. James, Barbados Private Luxury Golf Villa for 8 People in 2021 or 2022, and many other unique items!


Our host, Joe Mantegna, the Honorary Chairman General Peter W. Chiarelli and the performances of our artists will entertain our guests from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Michael Amante

With a special performance by Michael Amante

This special occasion has been made possibly the Sons of Italy Foundation.

All proceeds go to the Sons of Italy Foundation’s National Scholarship and Education Fund, related charities, and cultural preservation programs.