Welcome to the 30th NELA Gala dinner!


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

The 30th National Education and Leadership Award will be held at the Gaylord National Harbor on May 24, 2018.

We will enjoy our 30th year anniversary with a special program, celebrate what we have accomplished and honor our distinguished friends in Education & Leadership, Business and Humanitarian support. We will also recognize the 2018 SIF® National Leadership Grant recipients.

We are honored to have Joe Mantegna return as our Master of Ceremonies.

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

An online Auction, one Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Music and Dancing, Venetian Hour and the 2018 SIF® Scholarship Winners will entertain our guests from 6 pm to 10:30 pm in the beautiful waterfront of the Gaylord National.

Auction items include:

    • GoAhead Tours Trip to Sicily
    • My Italian Family Dual-Citizenship Package
    • OSIA® Gold and Diamond Ring
    • Portrait of Luciano Pavarotti painted by Dino DiLiberti
    • Tony Bennett autographed giclée print
    • Sebastian Maniscalco gift basket

and many other unique items.

With a Special Performance by Michael Amante

Michael Amante

Schedule of Events

        • 6:00 Arrivals and Check In
        • 6:00 Step and Repeat Photos, Wall of Fame, on-line auction items displayed in the terrace and foyer
        • 7:00 Doors open and Advance of Honor Guards
        • 7:10 Introduction by Joe Mantegna
        • 7:15 Scholarship Presentations
        • 8:30 Honorees Presentations
        • 9:20 Venetian Hour and Dancing
        • 10:30 approx. Gala ends