The 37th Annual National Italian American Foundation Dinner

A trio of Italian-American sports figures: baseball all-star Mike Piazza, UConn coach Geno Auriemma, and former major league baseball and basketball team owner Jerry Colangelo. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

UConn’s head women’s basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, greets Anita McBride of American University at the VIP cocktail party before the National Italian American Foundation dinner. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

In the center, Italian ambassador Claudio Bisogniero. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

At the head table, Letizia Moratti stands out in a red dress. On her left is Ambassador Bisogniero. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

Singer Dafne Martini and pianist Robert Ruocco at the VIP reception. Earlier in the week, they performed for the NIAF’s board at a dinner at Cafe Milano. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

Navy midshipmen Tyler Davis and Vincent Richardson. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

Washington lawyer Joseph D. Lonardo with baseball great Mike Piazza. Lonardo is a member of the NIAF’s board of directors. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

Aileen Carlucci and her daughter, Christina Carlucci, who sang the national anthem before the dinner. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

New Jersey lawyer Patrick O’Boyle, whose mother is Italian. He’s a vocal defender of the Italian-American image as it is portrayed on television, meaning he’s no fan of “Jersey Shore.” Photograph by Kevin Allen.

The Italian National Anthem was sun by Giada Valenti, a native of Venice, Italy, who now lives and works in the United States. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

The antipasto at the annual dinner of the National Italian American Foundation, held at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

Dinner was an herbed veal chop with vegetables and an eggplant-and-sage pudding. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

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