ASILM Gala 2011
Under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in the United States, the 46th Annual Reception and Gala Dinner Dance of the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit was held at the newly renovated Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Friday, December 2, 2011. During the reception, guests mingled as they tasted hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Afterwards, they dispersed into the Grand Ballroom and watched a fashion show featuring the stunning Spring/Summer Collection of Milan-based designer Raffaella Curiel. The program continued with the playing of the national anthems of the U.S. and Italy, then with warm speeches by Cav. di Gr. Cr., Dr. Lucio Caputo, President of ASILM, and Min. Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Acting Ambassador of Italy to Washington, and concluded with an invocation conducted by Archbishop Most Reverend Francis Chullikatt, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN. Guests enjoyed gourmet cuisine and ended the evening dancing to the lively music of Panorama Orchestra.