Welcome to the 31st NELA Gala dinner! A Sicilian-Themed Evening

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

The 31th National Education and Leadership Award will be held at the Gaylord National Harbor on May 23, 2019.

Joe Mantegna of the CBS series CRIMINAL MINDS Photo Cliff Lipson/CBS

Joe Mantegna will return as our Master of Ceremony and Admiral Edmund Giambastiani will be our Honorary Chairman.

We will enjoy our 31st annual Gala with a special program, celebrate what we have accomplished in 2018 and honor our distinguished friends in Education & Leadership, Business and Humanitarian support.

Admiral Edmund P. Gianbastiani United States Navy (retired)

We will also recognize the Italian American students with the 2019 SIF® National Leadership Grants.

Featuring an Online Auction, one Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Music and Dancing, Sicilian dessert hour and the 2019 SIF® Scholarship Winners. 

Auction items include My Italian Dual-Citizenship Package, gift baskets from Colavita, Sebastian maniscalco and Joe Mantegna, autographed items from Tony Bennet and Andrea Trigiani, and many other unique items.

Our host Joe Mantegna, the Honorary Chairman Admiral Edmund Giambastiani and the performances of our artists will entertain our guests from 6 pm to 10:30 pm in the beautiful ballrooms of the Gaylord National.

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.

Black Tie attire preferred

Schedule of Events

  • 6:00 Arrivals and Check In
  • 6:00 Step and Repeat Photos, Online Auction Items displayed in the foyer
  • 7:00 Doors open and Advance of Honor Guards
  • 7:10 Introduction by Joe Mantegna
  • 7:15 Scholarship Presentations
  • 7:30 Dinner is served
  • 8:30 Honorees Presentations
  • 9:20 Sicilian Dessert Hour and Dancing
  • 10:30 approx. Gala ends