In celebration of Columbus Day, the Columbus Citizens Foundation hosted a black-tie Gala Dinner on the evening of Saturday, October 8, 2011. A tradition since 1944, the foundation members and their guests meet in the Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom for an evening of friendship and entertainment celebrating the relationship between Italy and the United States while raising funds for scholarships.

Eating, dancing and live entertainment are only part of the evening. They also celebrate a few special individuals who are leaders in their community. Three men were honored this year including the parade’s Grand Marshall Joseph Plumeri, along with Robert La Penta and Stephen Squeri.

Enhance a Colour created 6 different dye-sublimation printed backdrops for this event. Three banners and stands, one for each honoree, highlighting their individual achievements were created and displayed in the lobby of the hotel. For the stage backdrop in the Grand Ballroom, a 28 feet wide by 20 feet tall backdrop was created featuring the Grand Marshall. The backdrop was flanked by two 4 feet wide banners featuring Stephen Squeri and Robert La Penta.

Banners in Waldorf Astoria Lobby