Paul Chiapparone, vice chairman of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and a member of Kettering University's Board of Trustees, will receive the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Year 2002 Special Achievement Award for Humanitarian Service.
Paul Chiapparone, vice chairman of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and a member of Kettering University's Board of Trustees, will receive the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Year 2002 Special Achievement Award for Humanitarian Service at the Foundation's 27th Anniversary Awards Gala, Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Hilton Washington & Towers, Washington, D.C.
"Paul Chiapparone's 36-year EDS career exemplifies the ideas of reinvention, renewal and living by sound principles," said Ken Langone, chairman, Invemed Associates, LLC. "Not only did he help establish the information technology industry and grow EDS to become a FORTUNE 100 company, he has consistently demonstrated a personal style of good corporate citizenship. He serves on many educational boards and donates his own time and resources to help many worthy causes."
Chiapparone oversees PLM Solutions; Service Excellence; EDS' largest account: General Motors; and the Enterprise, Information and Technology group for EDS. He also has responsibility for EDS' eight global industry groups: Communications, Entertainment and Media, Energy, Finance, Government, Health Care, Manufacturing, Consumer Industries and Retail, and Transportation. He serves as a member of the EDS Executive Operations Team and the Finance Committee. He joined EDS in 1966.
Actress Sophia Loren will be the first Italian inductee into the NIAF's Italian American Hall of Fame. Actor, director and producer, Robert De Niro, will also be inducted into the Italian American Hall of Fame for his work in the entertainment industry. Earlier this year, actor Nicolas Cage was the first Italian American inducted into the Foundation's Hall of Fame for his work in the cinema at the NIAF West Coast Gala in Beverly Hills, CA.
Christina Johnson, president & CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Robert Nardelli, chairman, president and CEO of The Home Depot, will receive the Foundation's Special Achievement Awards in Business. Thomas D. Mottola, chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in the Music Industry.
Acclaimed Italian tenor and longtime NIAF supporter Andrea Bocelli will be among the many celebrities attending the dinner. The NIAF Gala is one of the premier annual events in Washington, DC, attracting more than 3,100 people from throughout the country and abroad. Members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation, and Italian American leaders in business, sports, entertainment and the arts traditionally attend the event which has also been attended by every U.S. President since1975.
Dick Grasso, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) chairman and NIAF vice chairman, is this year's dinner chair. During the Gala Awards weekend, the NIAF will also feature conferences, exhibits, the traditional celebrity luncheon and auction, and a seminar on tourism. At a Friday conference, attendees will view a piece of American history when the Declaration of Independence Road Trip makes a stop at the NIAF's annual convention. The Region of Friuli-Venezia Giula, this year's sponsoring region from Italy, will host a wine and food tasting event.
Dinner tickets begin at $350 each. Proceeds from the event benefit the NIAF Scholarship and Education Programs. For tickets or sponsor information, contact: Lisa Pittoco at 202/939-3116.
The NIAF is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., and dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans.