Angelo Vivolo helped found the Columbus Heritage Coalition (CHC) in 2017 with the support and dedication of more than 40 Italian American organizations. The Coalition’s initial effort was to address attacks by those who sought to remove the iconic statue of Christopher Columbus in New York City’s Columbus Circle. The Coalition prevailed, and with the full support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the statue is now part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Under Angelo’s leadership, the Coalition is currently directing its efforts to combat attacks on Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day across the country.
Angelo Vivolo has been a dedicated member of the Columbus Citizens Foundation for 32 years and presently serves as the Chairman of the Board. He serves as the President of the Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation which is also dedicated to promoting Italian Culture and Heritage through its philanthropic work. It has financially supported Italian cultural programs in several NYC schools and has initiated a scholarships in the Giambelli’s name at the Culinary Institute of America, the Columbus Citizens Foundation amongst many other philanthropic and cultural initiatives. In addition, Angelo is an active Board member of John Cabot University in Rome.
In his four years as president of the CCF he was responsible for the most financially successful events in its history. He was instrumental in bringing Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow and IL Volo to perform at the Columbus Celebration Gala. One of his proudest moments was to bring Andrea Bocelli in 2017 and 2018 to perform at the Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Townhouse to do a benefit for Andrea Bocelli’s Foundation.
Angelo was honored with the title of Cavaliere by the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy conferred by President Scalfaro of Italy. On May 14th, 2005 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his work in the Italian American community. His most treasured experience was when he was selected to serve the Holy Father Pope Benedict for his visit to New York City in 2008 and again in 2015 serving Pope Francis for three days at the residence of the Nuncio. He over saw the complete service of the Holy Father while he was at the residence.
Now, as head of CHC, he is directing efforts to address numerous initiatives in towns, cities and states across the US that continue to besmirch Columbus’ good name and minimize his incredible accomplishments.
Angelo and his wife Denise of 41 years have three children and five grandchildren and like all Italian Americans his family is the center of his life. Angelo Vivolo’s commitment to the Italian American community and Italy is a proud cornerstone of his life endeavors.