In August 2003, the Board of Directors of the Italian Cultural and Community Center hosted the first annual Gala. This event was established to honor the life-long achievements of individuals of Italian descent who exemplify character, leadership, community service and most of all the Italian Sprit.

People of Italian descent share a unique and magnificent heritage spanning hundreds of years. It is a heritage with roots in law, science, medicine, architecture, music, and much more. Because we are blessed to bear the fruits of our ancestorsʹ labors, we must carry the torch that bears the flame of this cultural identity by means of advancing, celebrating and preserving Italian culture and heritage for all people regardless of ethnic origin.

The Italian Cultural and Community Center’s Gala is about making sure that the spirit, symbolized through the flame, is always rekindled so that every generation for years to come can share in its glow.