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Larry King to Serve as Emcee at NELA Gala

Larry King to Serve as Emcee at Sons of Italy Foundation®'S NELA Gala

Contact: Diane E. Crespy

Washington, D.C., April 13, 1999 - Talk show host Larry King will serve as emcee at the Sons of Italy Foundation®'s (SIF) 11th Annual National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala, to take place on May 22, 1999, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

"We are deeply gratified to have such a respected journalist and well-known television personality demonstrate his support of the NELA Gala, the Sons of Italy Foundation®, and the extremely important and worthwhile causes this event promotes and provides for," SIF President Paul S. Polo said of King. "This gala is going to be a spectacular event, and Mr. King's appearance as emcee should complement it perfectly."

King hosts "Larry King Live" and "Larry King Weekend" for CNN. He has made cameo appearances in a number of movies and television series, including the films Primary Colors and Contact, and the series "Murder One" and "Murphy Brown." He has also authored 11 best-selling books. Among King's honors and awards are 10 CableACE Awards, The George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

More than 700 people are expected to attend the event, which will be highlighted by a tribute performance by Frank Sinatra, Jr., and the presentation of the NELA to Kmart President and General Merchandise Manager Andy Giancamilli and the Humanitarian Award to Tony Bennett. As in past years, numerous leaders of the governmental, diplomatic, academic, and corporate communities are expected to attend.

"President Clinton addressed last year's gala, and hopes are high again this year for a repeat performance," said Polo.

The Sons of Italy Foundation® was established in 1959 by the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the longest established and largest organization of Italian-American men and women, to support and develop educational, cultural, and other philanthropic programs for the benefit of all Americans. During their combined histories, the SIF and OSIA have contributed nearly $30 million to education and an additional $30 million to health care and medical research, disaster relief, cultural projects, and other special causes.

For more information on the SIF, the National Education & Leadership Awards Gala, and ticket availability please contact Alison M. Torrillo, special projects manager, at (202) 547-3833.