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National Italian American Foundation 35th Anniversary Gala Awards Weekend List (PARTIAL)
October 23, 2010—Washington, D.C.

2010 NIAF Gala Honorees:
Dott. Fulvio Conti, CEO of ENEL S.p.A., will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award in International Business.
Aurelio De Laurentiis, Italian film producer and President of SSC Napoli soccer club, will receive a NIAF United States–Italy Friendship Award.
Tom Izzo, Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at Michigan State University, will receive a NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports.
Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO of Hilton Worldwide, will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Business.
Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, Physician-in-Chief at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Science and Medicine.
Joe Uva, President and CEO of Univision Communications, Inc., will receive a NIAF One America Award.

Giuliana DePandi Rancic, anchor and managing editor of E! News and star of the Style Network show “Giuliana & Bill,” will emcee the Foundation’s annual black-tie Anniversary Gala

Paolo Garimberti, president of RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana, will receive the 2010 NIAF Recognition Award.

Gala Weekend Attendees:
Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Supreme Court Justice
Michael Badalucco, Emmy Award-winning Actor
Lidia Bastianich, Noted Chef
Hon. Amato Berardi, U.S. Representative of the Chamber of Deputies
Yogi Berra, Baseball Great
Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Board of USA Basketball
Massimo d'Amore, CEO of PepsiCo Americas and Former NIAF Honoree
Robert Davi, Actor
Danny DeVito, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Actor
Hon. Antonio de Aguira Patriota, Ambassador of Brazil
Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Dion, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Fernando Fiore, Univision Host
Linda Fiorentino, Actress
Don Francisco, Television Host
Tommy Lasorda, Sports Great
Tony LoBianco, Actor
Deana Martin, Singer
Jim Messina, White House Deputy Chief of Staff
Hon. Mark Miceli, Ambassador of Malta
General Peter Pace, NIAF Board Member and Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Joe Pantoliano, Actor
Sal Paolantonio, ESPN National Correspondent
Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Mike Piazza, 12-Time MLB All-Star
John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress
Bill Rancic, Co-star of E’s “Giuliana & Bill”
Tony Reali, ESPN Host of “Around the Horn”
Bobby Rydell, Rock and Roll’s Original “Wild One”
Antonio Sabato, Jr., Actor
Mary Sciarrone, Star of TLC show “Cake Boss”
H.E. Giuliomaria Terzi di Sant’Agata, Ambassador of Italy to the United States
Nicholas Valvano, CEO of the V Foundation
Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide

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