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The history, glitz, and glamour of the National Italian American Foundation's annual gala

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October was Italian American History Month. Given that Christopher Columbus Day has become persona non grata because of radical, leftist Democrats, Italian American History Month does not garner the attention it so rightly deserves. While an admittedly biased Italian American, I am also aware of the significance in celebrating Italian Americans and their numerous contributions to the development of this country. Fortunately, I attended the National Italian American Foundation’s 46th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 23.

As Columbus Day, Italian Americans’ most revered holiday, is under attack, perhaps now, more than ever, it is important to celebrate their achievements and contributions. This year’s gala honored Italy’s region of Abruzzo. After moving to a virtual gala last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year marked the return of the public festivities and celebrations. Everyone seemed thrilled to be gathered in person this year after the last year and a half of the pandemic. And, after the year of the virtual hiatus, the glitz and glamour of the gala did not fail to uphold its wonderful reputation. It also highlighted the sheer wonderment that is Abruzzo.

“Abruzzo offers an authentic Italian experience with its wonderful natural landscapes, centuries-old villages, delicious food and wine, miles of Adriatic coastline and rugged mountainous scenery,” said NIAF Chairman Robert Carlucci in a press release earlier in the year.

Abruzzo is located between the Lazio, Marche, and Molise regions. “It boasts........

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