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Italian American Heritage month culminates in Washington, DC, on October 23-24, with the 34th Annual National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala. The who’s who of the Italian American community will be joining thousands of guests at the NIAF Gala this weekend at the Hilton Washington. Among the personalities who will be honored are Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, PBS cooking show host, restauranteur and philanthropist.

Secretary Napolitano, former governor of Arizona, will receive NIAF’s Public Service Award. During her tenure as governor, she became the first female chair of the National Governors Association and had previously served as the first female attorney-general in Arizona. Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, star of the popular PBS cooking series Lidia’s Italy, will receive NIAF’s Special Achievement Award in Humanitarian Service.  Bastianich is an Italian war refugee who migrated to the United States. She is active in numerous charities and humanitarian causes, including fighting violence against women and raising awareness of the plight of female refugees. Italian singer and songwriter Antonello Venditti is slated to received the Special Achievement Award in Music.

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Italian American Heritage month culminates in Washington, DC, on October 23-24, with the 34th Annual National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala. The who’s who of the Italian American community will be joining thousands of guests at the NIAF Gala this weekend at the Hilton Washington. Among the personalities who will be honored are Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, PBS cooking show host, restauranteur and philanthropist.

Secretary Napolitano, former governor of Arizona, will receive NIAF’s Public Service Award. During her tenure as governor, she became the first female chair of the National Governors Association and had previously served as the first female attorney-general in Arizona. Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, star of the popular PBS cooking series Lidia’s Italy, will receive NIAF’s Special Achievement Award in Humanitarian Service.  Bastianich is an Italian war refugee who migrated to the United States. She is active in numerous charities and humanitarian causes, including fighting violence against women and raising awareness of the plight of female refugees. Italian singer and songwriter Antonello Venditti is slated to received the Special Achievement Award in Music.

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bennettWe note from time to time, those fellow bloggers who have something to say about Italian Americans – good or bad.  Here’s a post from Saint Bernadette, who apparently, lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut:

“The purpose of this post is to crudely generalize my ethnic heritage and point out, that regardless of how many Italian-Americans have had to pose as merely “Americans” by dropping the “etto” and the “icci”, the fact remains, that Italians (hyphenated or otherwise) are the best entertainers in the world. And the reason is: we are sentimental, romantic, nostalgic, simplistic, genuine saps, simultaneously ruled by by emotion and able to conjure emotion, just as comfortable ending a show stopper with arms spread under the spot light as winding down a ballad perched on a stool next to a grand piano letting one tear spill down a quivering cheek.”  Read more

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