Rome, Chamber of Deputies, Conference Hall at Palazzo Marini, October 8, 2009.
The Italy-USA Foundation has promoted the first edition of the America Award; it is a prestigious recognition of great civil and institutional work under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic, Hon. Giorgio Napolitano. The award is mainly seen as a means to acknowledge and encourage initiatives and work aimed at favouring relationships between Italy and the United States of America. Prominent personalities of any nationality who stand out for their work and results in promoting transatlantic friendship will be considered. The 2009 ceremony was held in Rome at the Chamber of Deputies, on Thursday October 8, with the television anchor Veronica Maya. The prize is an exclusive work of art by the goldsmith Gerardo Sacco.
Maria Laura Baccarini, Actress and singer
Emilio Carelli, Editor SkyTg24
Jo Champa, Actress and producer
Franco Frattini, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Pierfrancesco Guarguaglini, President of Finmeccanica
Igor Man, Journalist
Ennio Morricone, Composer
Alison Smale, Editor International Herald Tribune
Walter Veltroni, Member of Parliament, journalist
Umberto Veronesi, Founder American Italian Cancer Foundation
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