Niaf 43rd Anniversary Gala in Review


The nation’s premier Italian American gathering, this year’s NIAF Gala was presented by the 2018 NIAF Region of Honor, Puglia; so, the weekend’s theme was Pugliese, from wines and cuisine to décor and dancing. Highlighting the schedule of events was Saturday evening’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.

. . . “Because the quality of the films this year†made it difficult to choose a winner, they said, they decided to choose two: Anton Evangelista, whose film “Il Signor Jackson†chronicles the life of a remarkable African American with an Italian spirit; and Tim Moriarty, whose film “The Field Afar†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. . .

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