Rome, Chamber of Deputies, Conference Hall of Palazzo Marini, October 6, 2011.
The Italy-USA Foundation has promoted the third 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 2011 ceremony was held in Rome at the Chamber of Deputies, on Thursday October 6, with the journalist Michele Cucuzza. The prize is an exclusive work of art by the goldsmith Gerardo Sacco. A special award was conferred in memory of Mike Bongiorno, anchorman. The Italy-USA Foundation, in the frame of the America Award, also conferred three medals of the President of the Italian Republic to three students of American universities: Christina Bernardi, Ryan Pilipow, Matthew Zundel.
Laura Biagiotti, Fashion designer
Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, Vice-President MTV Networks
Lapo Elkann, President Italia Independent
Renato Lauro, Rector University of Rome Tor Vergata
Edward Luttwak, Economist and essayist
Rinaldo Petrignani, President Boeing Italy
Jessica Polsky, Actress and singer
Carlo Rossella, President Medusa
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