Italian-American Awards Gala
The National Italian American Foundation held its 32nd Anniversary Awards Gala at the Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel. Academy… read more
The National Italian American Foundation held its 32nd Anniversary Awards Gala at the Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel. Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese received the Jack Valenti Award as he helped launch a NIAF Institute in memory of Mr. Valenti, who was a NIAF founding member and former head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The Institute will fund Hollywood internships for young Italian-Americans interested in pursuing careers in film.
NIAF Special Achievement Awards were presented to: former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani for Public Service; William D. Novelli, CEO of AARP, for Public Advocacy; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Public Service; actress Ellen Pompeo in Entertainment; and singer, actor, and entrepreneur Connie Stevens for Humanitarian Service.
A video tribute was made in memory of Jack Valenti and to each award winner. Maria Bartiromo was the master of ceremonies close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Maria Bartiromo Anchor CNBC->Finance
- Joseph R. Cerrell Vice Chairman National Italian American Foundation
- Louis J. Freeh Director (Former) Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Rudolph "Rudy" W. Giuliani Mayor (Former) [R] New York
- Antonio Giuliano Sergeant First Class U.S. Army Band
- Patricia De Stacy Harrison President and CEO Corporation for Public Broadcasting
- Janet Napolitano Governor [D] Arizona
- William D. Novelli Chief Executive Officer AARP
- Nancy Pelosi U.S. Representative [D] California
- Ellen Pompeo Actress
- Martin Scorsese Filmmaker
- Connie Stevens Actor
- Mary Margaret Valenti Member Woodley House->Board of Trustees
- Vincent Viola Vice Chair National Italian American Foundation
- Salvatore J. Zizza President National Italian American Foundation
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