Tony Renis - NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala Honoree (2016)

Gala attendees were treated to a special performance by legendary singer and songwriter Tony Renis, who, before singing his classic “Quando, Quando,

Quando,” told the crowd that this performance would be his first in public in 20 years. When he learned he would be honored with NIAF’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment, Renis explained that a friend told him he must attend the Gala because “’The Italian Americans love you.’” His authentic and eccentric character riveted the audience, and his offbeat comments – “Is it [the award statue] made of gold? It looks like gold!” – kept everyone laughing.

Proceeds from The National Italian American Foundation’s 41st Anniversary Gala will benefit the Foundation’s educational programs. To learn more about The National Italian American Foundation, please visit

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