Video by Janet Donovan
President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 36th Anniversary Awards Gala at the Washington Hilton, introduced by Democratic Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi to the more than 2,000 guests gathered to celebrate.
“We are honored to have President Obama address the largest gathering of Italian Americans in the country at the Foundation’s annual gala. His presence is significant as we celebrate the rich culture of Italian Americans as well as commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Italy’s Unification and National Italian American Heritage Month,”said John F. Calvelli, NIAF Secretary and Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.
This year’s NIAF gala honorees included Claudio Bozzo, president of Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc., Hon. Capri Cafaro, Minority Leader of the Ohio Senate; Dion DiMucci, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; Hon. Frank J. Guarini, former United States congressman and NIAF chairman emeritus; Frank G. Mancuso, Sr., former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio; Emma Marcegaglia, president of Confindustria; Paolo Scudieri, CEO of Adler Plastic S.p.A.; and Santo Versace, president of Gianni Versace S.p.A. and chairman of the Board of Fondazione Operation Smile Italia Onlus.
Inside the Gala: