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MEDIA ADVISORY-CHICAGO GALA, APRIL 12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or elissa@niaf.org


MEDIA ADVISORY

EVENT: THE AMBASSADORíS GALA

SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

WHEN: Thursday evening, April 12, 2007
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Gala and Awards Program

WHERE: Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL


Legendary entertainer Vic Damone; actor Dennis Farina; film and television star Joe Mantegna; Chairman, President, and CEO of Roundyís Inc. Robert A. Mariano; Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Robert R. Thomas; and Senator of the Italian Republic and Chicago native Renato Turano are the 2007 honorees at the National Italian American Foundationís (NIAF) Ambassadorís Gala on Thursday evening, April 12, at the Hilton Chicago.

Mayor Richard M. Daley will give the opening remarks to more than 900 guests. Famed actress Gina Lollobrigida and Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine will receive special recognition from the eveningís host, Italyís Ambassador to the United States Giovanni Castellaneta. Actor/director Chazz Palminteri will present an award to Mantegna. Larry Manetti, actor and Chicago native, will travel with Borgnine to the gala.

CBS 2 reporter Vince Gerasole will serve as the eveningís master of ceremonies. A major sponsor of the gala is the Sicily-USA Partnership Project. During the evening, NIAF will we pay tribute to the region of Sicily, which will be represented by Hon. Antonino Beninati, the regionís minister.

Dinner tickets begin at $200 per person. Attire: Black-tie optional. For information about purchasing tickets, contact Carolyn Laurenzano at 202/939-3114 or carolyn@niaf.org.

Media Contact: Elissa Ruffino at 202/939-3106 or elissa@niaf.org.

NIAF is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. To learn about our programs/events, visit www.niaf.org.





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