Columbus Citizens Foundation Presents: The Art of Being Italian

CCF Springs Forward

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This spring, the townhouse opened its doors and its restaurant’s seasonal courtyard dining to members and we hosted new and classic events to celebrate the warm weather. We decided to share our fun-filled event line-up with all of you.

As members may have noticed, our restaurant’s courtyard got a bit of a makeover since last year. The garden landscaping, additional lighting and outdoor heaters set the stage for the Taverna’s first event of the season, complete with complimentary cocktails.

In April, the members and their guests were invited to see the Italian film, Gianni e Le Donna (Johnny and The Women), called Salt of Life in the US. This 2011 comedy is a spiritual sequel to 2008’s Pranzo di ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) and saw the return of talented actor and screenwriter, Gianni Di Gregorio, reprising his role as the loveable underdog Gianni. Once again, Gianni is in a state of late-life crisis, looking to find and assert himself in his relationships. The audience loved seeing Gianni’s awkward character again, and the return of Valeria de Franciscis as Gianni’s mother was a special treat.

We’re already looking forward to our next movie night!

For the next event, nostalgic members decided to get groovy and organized a 70s costume party. Guests arrived in outrageous wigs and costumes straight out of the 70s, and live band RPM 45 had everyone dancing all night.  

The Executive House Committee also organized a Spring Band Dance for its members, with Lonnie Youngblood and his band providing the live entertainment.

In May, we welcomed Emmy Award winning actress and past Columbus Day Parade grand marshal, Susan Lucci. While Ms. Lucci’s tales of what it was like to play beloved soap opera character Erica Kane drew the crowd, her heart-warming stories about her Italian Heritage were a big hit. Ms. Lucci answered questions from members and their guests and signed copies of her autobiography, All My Life. We think it’s worth a read!

And just this June the Foundation membership welcomed Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, former chairman and CEO of AIG to talk about his latest book, The AIG Story. Mr. Greenberg related his first-hand account of the rise and near-destruction of AIG and answered questions by esteemed CNBC Anchor and journalist, Maria Bartiromo. It was a night we won’t forget!

The Columbus Citizens Foundation is very grateful to its many guest speakers and event organizers. With the launch of this new blog, we look forward to sharing more with you about these events as they happen. Of course, if you have any ideas for events, feel free to let us know in the comments below!
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