Media Advisory: NIAF’s 32nd Anniversary Awards Gala in D.C, October 13

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

EVENT: NIAF 32nd Anniversary Awards Gala
SPONSOR: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2007
6 p.m. Reception followed by 7 p.m. Dinner and Awards
WHERE: Hilton Washington & Towers
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. (202/483-3000)

Legendary actress Gina Lollobrigida and Susan Lucci, Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, baseball great Yogi Berra, Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil, actor Tony Lo Bianco, legendary crooner Jerry Vale, singer Dion, Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Jr. and Antonin Scalia, Italy’s Ambassador to the U.S. the Hon. Giovanni Castellanetaand the U.S. Ambassador to Italy Ronald P. Spogli will join more than 3,000 guests from across the United States and abroad at the National Italian American Foundation’s 32nd Anniversary Awards Gala.

2007 NIAF Gala Honorees:
Rudolph W. Giuliani, presidential candidate and former New York City mayor, will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award for Public Service.
William D. Novelli, CEO of AARP, will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award for Public Advocacy
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award for Public Service
Ellen Pompeo, actress on ABC “Grey’s Anatomy,” will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Entertainment
Connie Stevens, actress, singer, and entrepreneur, will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award for Humanitarian Service.

Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese will be recognized for launching a new NIAF program in memory of Jack Valenti, former head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and a NIAF board member for more than 20 years.

Highlights of the weekend include a performance by rock and roll legend Neil Sedaka at the annual “Salute to the Martini” on Friday evening.
Dinner tickets begin at $400 per person. Attire: Black tie. Proceeds benefit NIAF educational programs and Gardens of Hope, a NIAF co-sponsored community garden project benefiting the homeless and those in inner-city shelters. For tickets or sponsor information, contact Carolyn Laurenzano at 202/939-3114 or, or register online at
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 .