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Join NIAF in Texas, New York this spring

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The month of May will be a busy one here at NIAF, with two key events providing opportunities for our members to celebrate their heritage and reconnect with the Italian American community.

On May 15, 2010, NIAF will host its Texas Gala at The Adolphus hotel in Dallas. This cocktail-attire event, which includes a silent auction featuring rare sports memorabilia, will honor several prominent Italian Americans who have contributed to Texas's growing Italian American community.

Accordingly, the Foundation will honor Jay Lombardo of Lombardo Custom Apparel with a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Fashion; Bruno Mascolo, co-founder of Toni & Guy hair products, with a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Business and the Arts; Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars Hockey Team with a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Sports; and Victor "Vic" Salvino, dealer principal of Texas Kenworth Co., with a NIAF Special Achievement Award for Humanitarian Service. Additionally, Bruno Mascolo’s brother Gaetano Mascolo, also a co-founder of Toni & Guy, will receive a posthumous NIAF Special Achievement in Business and the Arts.

Not two weeks later, on May 26, 2010, the Foundation will host a NIAF Night in New York, a star-studded, cabaret-style evening at the Hilton New York that will celebrate both New York's vibrant Italian American community and the nightlife that makes the Big Apple such an alluring destination.

This event does not feature honorees, but instead will include performances by the cast of "Jersey Boys" and Italian singing sensation Alfio in addition to a silent auction. Look for special guest Frankie Valli, a former NIAF honoree and the original Jersey Boy.

We encourage you to attend these events and look for other ways to connect with NIAF in the coming months. Visit www.niaf.org for more information about all of NIAF's programs.