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


SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

WHEN: Tuesday evening, May 10, 2005
7:30 PM Reception; 8:30 PM Dinner

WHERE: The Westin Excelsior Hotel
Via Vittorio Veneto 125, Rome, Italy 

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Rome 2005 Gala Benefit Dinner is a celebration of the business, political and cultural ties between Italy and the United States.

This year NIAF will honor Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, chairman, FIAT SpA; and chairman, Confindustria. He will receive the NIAF U.S./Italy Friendship Award for his corporate accomplishments in leading Italians and Americans into the 21st century.

The event will be attended by prominent Italians and Italian Americans in business, the arts, government, and entertainment. Among the confirmed attendees is U.S. Supreme Court JusticeAntonin Scalia.

The NIAF gala dinner is held in conjunction with the Foundation’s International Legal Conference,Common Legal Issues Facing Italy & America: Corporate Governance and Intellectual Propertyon May 10 -11. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the keynote speaker. Michael Greco, president-elect, American Bar Association (ABA), and Giovanni Prezioso, general counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),as well as internationally known lawyers and jurists from Italy and the U.S. will participate in the conference. The conference will focus on issues that challenge today’s legal community.

Cost: $450.00 includes reception, gala dinner, conference and luncheon. Spousal registration is $250 and includes reception and gala dinner. To purchase a dinner ticket or for more information, contact: Kristi Pappalardo at 202/939-3109 or

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC and dedicated to promoting business, cultural and political exchange between Italy and the U.S.