The nationâ€™s premier Italian American gathering, this yearâ€™s NIAF Gala was presented by the 2018 NIAF Region of Honor, Puglia; so, the weekendâ€™s theme was Pugliese, from wines and cuisine to dÃ©cor and dancing. Highlighting the schedule of events was Saturday eveningâ€™s black-tie Gala Awards Dinner, featuring a feast of Pugliese-inspired dishes and wines while recognizing the outstanding achievements of six honorees who have made distinctive contributions in their professional fields and toward making a better world.
. . . â€œBecause the quality of the films this yearâ€ made it difficult to choose a winner, they said, they decided to choose two: Anton Evangelista, whose film â€œIl Signor Jacksonâ€ chronicles the life of a remarkable African American with an Italian spirit; and Tim Moriarty, whose film â€œThe Field Afarâ€ celebrates the life of Fr. Vincent Capodanno, a Marine Chaplain during the Vietnam War, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery, and who is currently under consideration for sainthood. . .