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Golf Tournament Kick-off Reception


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



SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

WHEN: Thursday, June 9, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York, NY

Food expert of CBS 2 Tony Tantillo will be the master of ceremonies at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) New York Golf Tournament Kick-off Reception at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, NY, on Thursday, June 9, 2011. The evening includes food, wine and musical entertainment. During the reception, a NIAF scholarship will be presented to a local student. The Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships and cultural grants since its inception in 1976, including more than $1,000,000 in 2010. Last year, the average scholarship to students in the United States was worth more than $3,000.

Tantillo came to CBS 2 in 2000 as a food expert and contributes to CBS 2′s News at Noon, CBS 2′s News at 5 p.m. and CBS 2 News Sunday. His Fresh Grocer segments have been featured on news broadcasts since 1993. He will be joined by Christopher Macchio who will sing the U.S. and Italian national anthems and actor Michael Badalucco.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in US history, and now a national historic landmark. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served in World War II. She went on to serve as one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, three tours of duty off Vietnam, and submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Today she continues her service as an educational center and a monument to all who have served our nation in uniform. For more information on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, go to

The event is open to all NIAF members and those interested in participating in the August golf tournament that benefits the Foundation’s scholarship and educational programs for the New York area.

The NIAF 7th Annual New York Golf Tournament is August 22, 2011, at the Old Westbury Golf & Country Club with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Golf packages include registration, 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, silent auction and awards dinner. All proceeds from the golf tournament benefit NIAF scholarship and educational programs for the New York area.

For information, contact Beatrice Santacroce at 202-939-3120 or

Media Contacts: Elissa Ruffino at 202/939-3106 or
Natasha Borato at 202/939-3116 or

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Visit

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