The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala will be taking place on October 13 in Washington DC. In addition to Puglia, six renowned leaders from the Italian and Italian American community will be recognized for their contributions to the respective fields. Honorees are Chef Lidia Bastianich, Vincenzo Boccia, president, Confindustria; Giovanni Caforio, M.D., chairman/CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb; Antonio De Matteis, CEO, Kiton; Cav. Lav. Vito Pertosa, founder, Angel Group; and Carl J. Schramm, an American economist and entrepreneur.