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Italian American Museum
2009 Gala & Awards Ceremony

Saturday Evening, May 16th, 2009

Press Release

The Italian American Museum will hold its eighth annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, May 16, 2009, 7 p.m., at Cipriani Wall Street.

This year’s honorees are Paul David Pope, Lou Lamoriello and Arthur E. Imperatore, Sr.

Mr. Pope, an entertainment executive, is the grandson of prominent Italian American power broker Generoso Pope and the son of Generoso Pope, Jr., founder of the National Enquirer. This fall, Mr. Pope will publish Unreasonable Men (Barricade Books), which chronicles the controversial lives of his father and grandfather.

Louis "Lou" Lamoriello is the CEO, president, general manager, and interim head coach of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. Mr. Lamoriello, who has been with the Devils since 1987, has served longer than any current GM in the league.

Arthur E. Imperatore, Sr. is the founder and CEO of NY Waterway, which operates passenger ferries in New York and New Jersey harbors. He and his family rejuvenated water transportation in 1986 with the launch of the first NY Waterway boat. Since then, NY Waterway vessels have carried more than 65 million passengers.

“Our 2009 awardees represent magnificent contributions by Italian Americans from the worlds of entertainment, transportation and sports,” said Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, president of the Italian American Museum. “They’re giants in their respective fields and we are delighted to have them at the gala for all our supporters to meet.”

The past year has been a remarkable one for the Museum, with thousands of Italian Americans making the pilgrimage to Little Italy to see the permanent Banca Stabile exhibition. The Museum has also raised nearly $100,000 for earthquake relief efforts in Abruzzo, Italy. Dr. Scelsa and the Museum’s staff took the lead in the tri-state area’s response to the earthquake by organizing quickly and efficiently.

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The Italian American Museum was established in 2001 when it received its provisional charter from the New York State Board of Regents. The Museum is located at 155 Mulberry St. on the corner of Grand St. in the heart of New York’s Little Italy.

Message from 2009 Gala honoree Paul David Pope

Message from Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa


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