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Sons of Italy Foundation NELA Gala

29th Annual Sons of Italy Foundation NELA Gala

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino was in Washington D.C. for the 29th Annual Sons of Italy Foundation National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala!

Leaders in military, public service, and non-profit received awards from the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF).  The SIF is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), which is the nation’s largest and oldest organization for people of Italian heritage! 

Over 400 attendees gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel to celebrate the achievements of the night’s honorees! The honorees include Rear Admiral Margaret DeLuca “Peg” Klein (U.S. Navy, Ret.), Honorable Jessica Garfola Wright (Major General, Ret.), and Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s president & CEO Tony Cancelosi.

Previous SIF honorees include; President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro; Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, entertainers; Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Annette Funicello, Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise; and sports legends; Mario Andretti, Geno Auriemma and Tommy LaSorda.

In addition,  the SIF awarded 11 highly selective scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students of Italian descent.  These scholarships were awarded to students who have displayed exemplary academic performance, school leadership, and community service.

Furthermore, for the 15th straight year, actor Joe Mantegna served as the Master of Ceremonies of the NELA Gala. Among the special guests that attended are Joseph Cicippio, Iran hostage survivor and Joseph Cicippio, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Many members of Sons of Italy New Jersey lodges were in attendance, including National 3rd Vice President Robert A. Bianchi, Esq. of Morris Plains! 

Adding to the festive mood were performances by tenor Michael Amante and opera singer Maria Fassio Pignati.

Special guests at the NELA Gala included veterans, wounded soldiers, and their families.  The SIF recognized these servicemen and women for their duty to our country at the gala.  

Over the past years the NELA gala has raised more than $33 million for those serving our country.  This year a special presentation was given to recognize the SIF’s recent $20,000 donation to Help Our Military Heroes (HOMH)! HOMH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing adaptive minivans to our country’s severely wounded, injured, and ill veterans from their service during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

In a broader sense, the SIF has contributed nearly $165 million to scholarships, medical research, disaster relief efforts, cultural projects, veterans’ causes and other special projects. The proceeds earned from the NELA Gala help to fund the organization’s philanthropy.

For more information, visit OSIA.org.

Metallica, Jeter, E Street Band Miss NJ

Metallica, Jeter, E Street Band & Miss NJ – Weekend Recap

This weekend was jam-packed with “good news” for #HipNJ! While you were busy with Mother’s Day festivities, here’s what you may have missed around the Garden State: 

Pequannock-born Derek Jeter and his family entered Yankee Stadium for his number retirement ceremony to the classic voice of Hoboken native Frank Sinatra! No New York Yankees player will ever again wear the iconic 2 that  DJ’s sported throughout his career. Thanks for the memories, Captain! #Re2pect 


All ready to hit the #MissUSA stage!!!! 💄| @flawlessbyamin 💁🏾| @lalbertluiz

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In other news, Miss New Jersey USA Chhavi Verg was named runner-up in the 2017 Miss USA competition! However, if it were up to some viewers, she would have taken the big prize home. NJ.com has more.


FIGHT 🔥 WITH 🔥 #Metallica #WorldWired #MetAtMetLife

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Enter Sandman! Metallica rocked out MetLife Stadium for a Mother’s Day concert extravaganza. The legendary heavy metal group has been very vocal on how friends in New Jersey helped them get their start!

Finally, congratulations to Rutgers University‘s Class of 2017! They celebrated with a inspirational commencement speech by E Street Band‘s Steven Van Zandt.

Hoboken Historical Museum

Black & White Masked Ball at Hoboken Historical Museum

Last Saturday was a night that would do the likes of  Frank Sinatra proud! 

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Hoboken Historical Museum Gala Partygoers

Two hundred of #HipNJ‘s best-dressed Hobokenites donned elegant black and white cocktail clothes and festive masks to support the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Black & White Masked Ball and Auction! One of the largest and most successful galas in the Museum’s history, proceeds will support the Museum’s ongoing exhibitions, education programs, and collections campaign.

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Gala emcee Marci Rubin with Chef Anthony Pino

Honorary Chair Marci Rubin, a Hobokenite and News 12 New Jersey anchor, presided over the evening of great food, dancing and socializing, encouraging people to bid by phone in the silent auction for 40 items donated by local businesses.

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Eugene Flinn, auctioneer extraordinaire

Eugene Flinn reprised his role as auctioneer extraordinaire, raising a total of over $32,000 from the live auction, silent auction and a special appeal for three of the Museum’s signature programs: the upcoming “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken: Centennial of World War I” exhibition; the “Vanishing Hoboken” oral history chapbook series; and the ongoing campaign to create an expanded Archives and Research Center.

Marquee silent auction included Chef Anthony Pino’s donation of a fall game dinner for 10 at Anthony David’s, a summer pass for the pool with a view at the Shipyard and 4 tickets to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade uptown viewing stand!

Hoboken Historical Museum

Masked Revelers

Founded in 1986, the Hoboken Historical Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. Located at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, it is open to the public six days a week offering special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. For more information, visit HobokenMuseum.org.