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Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

Pop Superstar, Eros Ramazzotti(Washington, D.C. --- March 18, 2008) Eros Ramazzotti, one of Italyís most popular singers and songwriters, will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Music during the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Ambassadorís Ball. The black-tie event, with more than 500 guests, will be held at the Westin Diplomat & Spa in Hollywood FLA, the evening of April 4, 2008 and features a 7 p.m. cocktail reception followed by dinner and an awards program.

After receiving the award, Eros Ramazzotti will perform two songs accompanied by Luca Scarpa, his pianist from Italy. Ramazzotti will join other distinguished performers who have received NIAF awards in the field of music including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Henry Mancini, Perry Como, Liza Minnelli and Jon Bon Jovi. Ramazzotti is known as one of the most successful European singers, having released 11 albums in both Italian and Spanish. During his 25-year career, he has sold more than 40 million records worldwide with albums reaching number one on European and Latin charts. His latest album, e≤, was released in October 2007: the album features collaborations with Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana, Steve Vai, Take 6, Wyclef Jean, Gian Piero Reverberi & London Session Orchestra, etc. To date, his new release has sold more than two million copies.

This yearís event is being hosted by Italyís Ambassador to the United States H.E. Giovanni Castellaneta and Mrs. Lila Castellaneta.

During the Ambassadorís Ball, NIAF will pay tribute to prominent individuals several, of whom are Florida residents. This yearís honorees include the Zegna Family, represented by Paolo Zegna, chairman of Ermenegildo Zegna Group. Paolo Zegna will accept a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Fashion on behalf of the Zegna Family.

Florida resident honorees are Joseph C. Amaturo, general partner with Amaturo Group Ltd.; Joe Natoli, senior vice president and chief financial officer for the University of Miami; Frank R. Nero, president and CEO of the Beacon Council; Camillo Ricordi, M.D., professor of surgery and bioengineering and scientific director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine; and John F. Scarpa, co-founder of American Cellular Network Corporation.

For more information, contact Carolyn Laurenzano at 202/939-3114 or

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