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This edition: October 2007

Episode Details

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.

Guest List

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

Gina Lollobrigida Actress

Hon. Janet Napolitano Governor of Arizona

Bill Novelli CEO, AARP

Luciano Pavarotti

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

Jack Valenti

Mrs. Mary Margaret Valenti