WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) will honor former Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) and Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne at its Silver Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C., May 23. Also being honored are actor and activist Gary Sinise and Ski TV's Robert F. Corrao.
The Master of Ceremonies is actor Joe Mantegna. Performing that evening are the singers Michael Amante and Nova Y. Payton. Among the special guests, including members of Congress and the Administration, are:
- Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, United States Army
- Gen. Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.), 16th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Nancy Pelosi, Democratic House Minority Leader [expected]
- Claudio Bisogniero, Italy's Ambassador to the U.S.
- U.S. Military personnel, active, veteran and wounded warriors
- Christopher Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH AIDS researcher
- Jack Reed, U.S. Senator representing Rhode Island
- Doug Flutie, former NFL quarterback
- Bob Johnson, BET founder
- Mack McClarty, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton
The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA). Founded in 1905, OSIA is the biggest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States.
Since 1959, the SIF has given more than $125 million to education, medical research, cultural preservation, disaster relief and other special projects. This evening's event is expected to raise $1.5 million.
EVENT: The Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) 25th Anniversary
National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala (Black Tie)
DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 6 PM-Reception; 7 PM-Dinner, Awards & Performance by Michael Amante & Nova Y. Payton
PLACE: The National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
SOURCE Sons of Italy Foundation