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Media Advisory – NIAF 2004 Gala Convention Conferences


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


SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

WHEN: Friday, October 15 & Saturday, October 16, 2004
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day

WHERE: The Hilton Washington & Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW

NIAF will host its 29th Anniversary Awards Gala on Saturday, October 16 at The Hilton Washington & Towers. The gala caps off the Foundation’s two-day convention (October 15 & 16) which includes the following conferences. All conferences are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 15, 2004
– Discovering Italy Through its Food and Wines
, presented by Italy Italy Magazine, Lincoln West, 9:30 AM – Noon
Children of the Greats, candid conversations with some of the most famous Italian Americans, Georgetown Room, 10:30 AM – Noon
Luncheon Featuring Truffles of Italy, from the town Acqualagna, region of the Marches, NIAF Teacher of the Year presentation, Int’l Ballroom East, Noon – 2:30 PM Cost:$50.00
Improve Your Italian Language ‘vocabolario’ the fun and effective way,, Lincoln-West, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Italian Americans and the 2004 Presidential Election, with panelists Richard Benedetto, Christopher Caldwell, Andrew Glass, Robert Novak and John Podesta, Georgetown Room, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Fiera Milano – MiWine Wine Tasting, Ballroom West, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, October 16, 2004
– Youth Networking Breakfast
, Conservatory, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM NIAF Council 2000 Continental Breakfast with espresso and cappuccino, Georgetown Room, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM (Open to current and prospective members)
Celebrity Auction and Luncheon, Int’l Ballroom-Center, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Cost: $55.00
Milestones of the Italian American Experience with speakers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Jefferson Room, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

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