NIAF New York Spring Gala-- Sports Greats Mike Piazza and Lou Carnesecca lead the list

Apr 10, 2016 453

NIAF New York Gala: Thursday, April 28, 2016. 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception; 7:30 p.m. Dinner. Cipriani 42nd Street - 110 East 42nd St. - New York, N.Y. Leading the list of honorees at NIAF's annual New York Gala are sports greats Mike Piazza, 12-time MLB All-Star elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame; and Luigi P. "Lou" Carnesecca, legendary coach of St. John's University's Red Storm men's basketball team and inductee of the Naismith Basket Ball Hall of Fame.

Honorees joining them include: Frank Bisignano, chairman and chief executive officer of First Data Corporation; Joseph R. Guccione, managing director of Freeh Group International Solutions LLC; Michael J. Inserra, Americas vice chairman at EY; and Arthur J. Mirante ll, principal and tri-state president at Avison Young. The evening will include a posthumous honor for Honorable Marie L. Garibaldi, NIAF executive vice president and former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice, whose passing in mid-January affected the Italian American community in New York and New Jersey.

Held at the legendary Italian Renaissance-inspired Cipriani 42nd Street on April 28, the evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The Sicilian Tenors, including Aaron Caruso, Elio Saccio and Sam Vitale, will serenade the guests with a selection of songs. Opera singer Cristina Fontanelli, will sing the U.S. national anthem and "Inno di Mameli," Italy's national anthem.

NIAF's New York Gala is chaired by Gerard S. LaRocca, a member of NIAF's Board of Directors and chief administrative officer, Americas, Barclays Capital.

Proceeds from NIAF's New York Gala will benefit the Foundation's philanthropic and educational programs. Tickets: $500 (Gold Ticket); $1,000 (Platinum Ticket). Attire: Cocktail. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, visit: or contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or

Media Contact: Elissa Ruffino at 202-939-3106, or For additional information about NIAF's events across the country, visit and click on "Calendar."

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