The American Italian Renaissance Foundation hosts an annual gala event to celebrate local and national Italian Americans. Each year 2-4 locals are inducted into the Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame and a national athlete is honored. The AIRF also honors local Italian Americans who have made a contribution to the community in the arts, civics, medical field, and more! At the gala, local high school seniors are awarded scholarships (Download the 2019 AIRF scholarship application HERE!).

34th Annual Louisiana American Italian

Sports Hall of Fame Gala

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Cocktails and Silent Auction at 5:00

Dinner at 6:00

St. Charles Room, the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel

National Honoree: Dan Pastorini
Louis Prima Arts & Entertainment Award: Anthony Laciura
Honorary Chairperson: Vivienne M. Hayne, MD
Local Inductees: Gayle Battaglia Calato, Paul Candies, and John Philip Foto II
Buddy “D” Media Award: Tim Brando
American Veteran Award: Merrill Ferrara
Dr. John Adriani Medical Award: Dr. Jon D. Celino, DDS
Joseph Maselli Heritage Award: Donny Rouse
Joseph I. Giarrusso Civic Award: Sheriff Joseph P. Lopinto, III and the Honorable Gasper Schiro

Special guests Vince Ferragamo and Deana Martin will be in attendance!

Hotel: Hilton Riverside reservations department (504) 584-3999, be sure to inform them you’re with the Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala.

Tickets: Gold seating: $250 per person, Silver Seating: $200 per person, AICC Member seating: $175 per person. Reserved tables can seat 8 or 10 persons.


If you are interested in sponsoring the Gala or donating to the silent auction please call our office: 504-522-7294 or email the AICC: