WASHINGTON , D.C. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, will be honored at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) 33rd Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. Pacelle received a NIAF Special Achievement Award for Humanitarian Service on October 18, 2008 at the Hilton Washington & Towers. The black-tie event reception was followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.
Pagliuca, Lucchino, Zizza, Guzzi
t Boston ’s Fenway Park, NIAF hosted a special prepress event prior to the Foundation’s panel discussion and luncheon, “The Impact of Sports on Business.” During “Meet the Panelists” local print and broadcast media met Paul Guzzi, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence Lucchino, president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, Stephen Pagliuca, managi+ng partner and executive committee member of the Boston Celtics and managing director of Bain Capital, LLC and NIAF officials including Salvatore J. Zizza , NIAF president and Charles Conte, NIAF area coordinator for New England. The journalists asked questions and interviewed the panelists. More than 70 guests attended the luncheon at Fenway’s EMC Club. Guzzi moderated the roundtable discussion. Panelists, Lucchino and Pagliuca discussed the following topics: the impact of sports on business; key ingredients in becoming a successful sports franchise in today’s business age; and the role that Italian American heritage played in their success. NIAF Chairman Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli concluded the event by thanking everyone for attending.
The NIAF gala is one of the premier annual events in the nation’s capital, attracting more than 3,000 guests from the United States and Italy . As with most election years, the Foundation anticipated the attendance of the 2008 presidential candidates. Honorees joining Pacelle Wayne Pacelle included Mark T. Bertolini, President of Aetna , Joseph DePinto, President and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc., legendary actress Gina Lollobrigida and Gianmario Tondato da Ruos, CEO of Autogrill, S.p.A. Honorees joining Lollobrigida included Mark T. Bertolini, President of Aetna, Joseph DePinto,President and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc., Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States and Gianmario Tondato da Ruos, CEO of Autogrill, S.p.A. Comedian Tom Dreesen served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. NIAF guests were joined by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., Italy ’s Ambassador to the U.S. H.E. Giovanni Castellaneta, U.S. Ambassador to Italy Ronald P. Spogli, Yankee great Yogi Berra, amongs many others. Winter 08/09 / AMICI 13