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NIAF gala celebrates Italian Americans in Texas

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The NHL's Mike Modano is interviewed before NIAF's Texas Gala.

On Saturday, NIAF celebrated its first Texas Gala in Dallas at the historic Adolphus hotel. It was a night to see and be seen in the Lone Star State.

The pictures really do say it all...

NIAF Honoree Jay Lombardo and his wife, Heather.

During the celebration, NIAF presented awards to the following Italian Americans:

- Jay Lombardo, president and CEO of Lombardo Custom Apparel

- Mike Modano, Stanley Cup champion and seven-time NHL All-Star for the Dallas Stars

- Bruno Mascolo, CEO and co-founder of TONI&GUY, an international hair care business

- Victor "Vic" Salvino, dealer principal of Texas Kenworth Co.

NIAF honoree Bruno Mascolo addresses guests.

Additionally, NIAF honored Gaetano Mascolo, also a co-founder of TONI&GUY, posthumously. Joe DePinto, president and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc., served as dinner chairman.

NIAF's Texas Gala dinner chairman Joe DePinto, president and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc., speaks with media before the event.

Bianca Tamez-Buccino, recipient of the NIAF Ken Aspromonte Scholarship, and NIAF Board Member Ken Aspromonte.

Debbie Turano and Charles Turano III, wife and son of NIAF Area Coordinator Charlie Turano, Jr., enjoy the evening's silent auction.