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2013 NIAF Gala Honorees:
Diana Bracco, CEO and President of Bracco S.p.A., will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Philanthropy.
Roberto Colaninno, Chairman and CEO of Piaggio & C. S.p.A., will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in International Business.
Louis Donatelli, Founder and Chairman of Donatelli Development Inc., will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Business.
Leon Panetta, former CIA Director and former Secretary of Defense, will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Government.
George Randazzo,, Founder and Chairman of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago, will receive the NIAF Italian American Community Leadership Award.
Paul Sorvino, Award-winning actor and director, will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Awards in Entertainment.
Maria Bartiromo, Emmy Award-winning journalist and CNBC Anchor, and comedian and actor Joe Piscopo will co-host and emcee together one of the largest black-tie galas in the nation’s capital.
This year’s gala will be chaired by NIAF Vice Chairman Louis J. Freeh, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and chairman of Pepper Hamilton LLP and Freeh Group Int’l Solutions.
Honorable Pietro Grasso, President of the Italian Senate, and Honorable Claudio Bisogniero, Italy’s Ambassador to the United States, will lead the Italian Delegation.
Gala Weekend Attendees:
Samuel A. Alito Jr., Supreme Court Justice
Adolfo Barattolo, Italy’s Consul General in Miami
Lou Barletta, U.S. Congressman
Andrea Canepari, Italy’s Consul General in Philadelphia
Christina Carlucci, Actress and Singer, who will sing the U.S. national anthem
Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration
Paolo Catalfamo, Italy’s Consul General of the Republic of Mauritius
John Frances Coppola, Board Member of the National Museum and Library Service
H.R.H. Beatrice de Bourbon des Deux Siciles, House of Bourbon — Two Sicilies
Elisabetta Gardini, Italian member of The European Parliament
Michael Grimm, U.S. Congressman
Patricia de Stacy Harrison, NIAF Vice Chair, President/CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Clelia Di Rienzo, Italy’s Consul General in Newark
Jessica Firth, Miss District of Columbia
Mauro Kolobaric, Consul General from Australia in the United States
Francesca La Marca, U.S. Representative of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies
Maria Luisa Lapresa, Italy’s Consul General in Detroit
Tony Lo Bianco, Actor
Tom Marino, U.S. Congressman
Fulvio Martusciello, Minister of Productive Activities, Economic Development, Region of Campania
Andriano Monti, Italy’s Consul General in Chicago
Fabrizio Nava, Italy’s Consul General in Houston
Fucsia Angela Nissoli , U.S. Representative of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies
Giuseppe Pastorelli, Italy’s Consul General in Boston
Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives
Giuseppe Perrone, Italy’s Consul General in Los Angeles
Mike Piazza, Twelve-time MLB All-Star
John Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Department of Defense
Natalia Quintavalle, Italy’s Consul General in New York
Tony Reali, ESPN Host of “Around the Horn”
Giorgio Squinzi, Chairman of Confindustria
Pat Tiberi, U.S. Congressman and Co-Chair ofItalian American Congressional Delegation
Senator Renato Turano, U.S. Representative of the Italian Senate
Giada Valenti, Singer and songwriter, who will sing “Inno di Mameli,” Italy’s national anthem
Felice Zagaglia, Italy’s Vice Consul General in San Francisco