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Steve Forbes to Speak at SIF Gala

Steve Forbes to Speak at Sons of Italy Foundation®'s National Education & Leadership Awards Gala

Contact: Mark Dalessandro
Phone: (202) 547-8115

Washington, D.C., May 13, 1998 - Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes, Inc., and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, will address the more than 700 guests attending the Sons of Italy Foundation®'s (SIF)10th Anniversary National Education & Leadership Awards Gala (NELA) on May 21, 1998, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Forbes writes editorials for each issue of Forbes magazine, the oldest of the top three business magazines. He is a widely respected economic prognosticator and is the only writer to have won the prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The award was bestowed upon the financial journalist whose economic forecast for the coming year proved to be most accurate.

In 1995 he took a leave of absence from Forbes, Inc. to campaign for the Republican nomination for president. Included in his platform were a flat tax with a tax cut, medical savings accounts, term limits, parental control of schools, and a new Social Security system for young people.

The SIF will award Phil Guarascio, General Motors' vice president and general manger of advertising and marketing, the 1998 National Education & Leadership Award (NELA) and Frank Sinatra will receive the foundation's second annual Humanitarian Award at this year's gala. Tony Bennett will perform in honor of Frank Sinatra at the event and President Clinton is expected to attend. The NELA is the SIF's major award, recognizing individuals in the Italian-American community who are dedicated to leadership and educational advancement. Past recipients include FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and California gubernatorial candidate Al Checchi.