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JACK VALENTI TO PRESENT SCHOLARSHIP AT GALA SALUTE
TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS IN LOS ANGELES
Academy Award- winning actor Ernest Borgnine Chairs Gala
Mario Bucca to Receive Scholarship
(LOS ANGELES, CA
-- February 14, 2006) Jack Valenti, former president of the Motion Picture
Association of America (MPAA), will present a scholarship in his name to Mario Bucca
at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) Salute to the Academy Awards.
The dinner honored prominent Italian Americans in conjunction with the 78th Annual
The black-tie gala was held on Friday evening, March 3, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire
Hotel, with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. It was the
culmination of the week-long Los Angeles Italian film, fashion and food festival.
Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine was the gala chairman. Valenti joined
Angelo Mozilo, chairman and CEO of Countrywide Credit Industries Inc., and a member
of the NIAF board of directors, as the dinner co-chairs.
Actors Robert Loggia, Franco Nero, Doris Roberts, Antonio Sabato, Jr., entertainers
Dom DeLuise and Fred Travalena, singer Al Martino, and Barbara Sinatra are among
the celebrities attending the NIAF Salute to the Academy Awards. Tom Dreesen
was the evening’s emcee.
Bucca is currently a junior at the University of Southern California (USC) with
a major in cinema and television, and a minor in classics. He has previously been
awarded the NIAF Jerry Colangelo Scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship and a
National Merit Finalist. He is actively involved with charities and cultural
organizations including: the Italian Film Club; the International Thespian Society;
and American Cinematheque. His grandmother was born in Calabria and his grandfather’s
parents were born in Sicily.
Mayor Antonio Villariagosa
Dom DeLuise( center)
The event was hosted by NIAF and its vice chairman,
Joseph R. Cerrell. The gala was in support of the Foundation’s scholarship
and education programs.
The NIAF is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC dedicated to preserving
the heritage of an estimated 25 million Americans of Italian descent.
Please visit their website at www.niaf.org
Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx
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