Bostoniano founder Nicola Orichuia received the “Giovane Promessa” (Promising Youth) award for his work on Bostoniano.info (launched in January 2011) and Bostoniano magazine (launched in January 2013).
Several other awards were given out at the ceremony that took place in the exhibit space currently hosting masterpiece drawings from Michelangelo Buonarroti.
The “Solidarity Award” was given to Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of the The Greater Boston Food Bank, which under her leadership has become a nearly $60 million charitable business providing meals to more than 500 member hunger-relief agencies.
Paul La Camera received the “Art, Culture and Entertainment Award” for his 34 years at WCVB-TV (12 of which as general manager) and five years as general manager of WBUR.
The “Business Award” went to Alfred Arcidi, a dentist who reinvented himself in 1982 after buying two chronic care hospitals that were the first step in creating the Whittier Health Network, which nowadays employs more than 3,000 people.
Prof. Graziella Parati, Chair of the French and Italian Department at Dartmouth College, was bestowed the “Education Award” for her numerous contributions to higher education focusing on Italian cultural studies and immigration issues.
The “Public Service Award” was given to former Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard Leone, who created the Family Protection Bureau and was also involved in the prosecution and conviction of “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid, the first-admitted Al Qaeda terrorist in U.S. history.
Professor Pier Paolo Pandolfi was given the “Science and Technology Award” for his contributions to scientific research in the battle against cancer.