This edition: October 2007Tweet
Original tape date: October 31, 2007.
ITALICS/AJT reports on The National Italian American Foundations 32nd Annual Conference and Gala Awards Dinner, held on October 13th, 2007,in Washington DC, at the Hilton Hotel. Over 3,500 people gather to celebrate the Italian American Heritage and its contributions and achievements to the country and world by honoring some of our community's most influential and brightest stars.
NIAF Honorees for 2007 year include: the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, legendary Film Director Martin Scorsese, Former Mayor of New York City & 2008 Presidential Candidate Rudolph Giuiliani, Actress/Singer/Entrepreneur Connie Stevens, Film & TV Actress Ellen Pompeo, and William Novelli, CEO of the AARP. Tributes were presented to the Late Great Tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and Jack Valenti, Former Visionary President of the Motion Picture Association of America. Legendary Singer/Songwriter Neil Sedaka performs for a NIAF Audience over our credits.
Maria Bartiromo Anchorwoman-Master of Ceremonies, CNBC
Jerry Colangelo Owner, Phoenix Suns/NIAF
Louis Freeh Former FBI Director
Rudolph Giuliani Former Mayor of NYC/2008 Presidential Candidate
Lucia Grillo Italics Correspondent
Gina Lollobrigida Actress
Hon. Janet Napolitano Governor of Arizona
Bill Novelli CEO, AARP
Hon. Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Ellen Pompeo Actress
Martin Scorsese Film Director
Ambassador Peter Secchia NIAFF
Neil Sedaka Songwriter/Singer
Connie Stevens Actress/Singer
Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. Dean and Executive Director, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute