Media Advisory


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


SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

WHEN: Wednesday evening, April 13, 2005
6:00 PM Reception & Silent Auction
7:00 PM Dinner

WHERE: The Waldorf-Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will join actors Danny Aiello and Dennis Farina, as well as CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo and Ron Insana, at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) annual East Coast Gala, on April 13 in New York City. Emmy Award-winning actress Susan Lucci will present a NIAF scholarship to a young Italian American during the event. The NIAF gala will benefit the NIAF Scholarship and Education Programs.

NIAF will salute the following prominent industry leaders for their outstanding leadership in medicine, business, and entertainment.

• Dr. Michael Brescia, executive medical director, Calvary Hospital, will receive an award for Special Achievement for Humanitarian Service

Joseph Moglia, CEO, Ameritrade Holding Corporation, will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Business

Stanley Tucci, award-winning actor, will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Entertainment

The 2005 NIAF East Coast Gala is chaired by Frank Petrilli, NIAF board member and retired CEO of TD Waterhouse USA. The wines for the evening’s dinner will be donated by Star Industries Inc. of Syosset, New York.

Dinner tickets start at $300 per person. Attire: Business. To purchase, contact, Bonni Cellini at 202/939-3114 or You can also register on line at

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC and dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Learn more about our programs and events by visiting