October 23, 2006

Recap of NIAF Ceremony Honoring Frankie Valli

October 23rd, 2006

Washington Times reporter Jennifer Crier Johnston notes that it was “all amore and more amore” at Saturday’s National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) gala at the Washington Hilton, the only venue in town that can host 3,000 people for a sit-down dinner.

Original Jersey Boy Frankie Valli was among this year’s NIAF award recipients, along with Tom Lasorda, Raffaello Follieri, the late Anne Bancroft, Catherine B. Reynolds, and Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.

Valli, who attended the ceremony with his twin sons, Brando and Emilio, recalled breaking the news to his father that he wanted to be singer like Frank Sinatra. “What kind of work is that?” his father asked.

Very good work as it turned out — for Mr. Valli anyway, who, like the assembled thousands, said he was proud to be Italian American and planned to continue the good work of giving back.


  1. lol emilio and brando go to my school and emilio always brings in donuts and gives me one

    Comment by dave — November 11, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

  2. hey dave
    brando and emilio go to my school too
    plainedge, if you dont believe me
    what is your real name

    Comment by hay — December 3, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

  3. OMG Brando and Emilio also used to go to my school. Me and my friend always used to wave to them and I loved Brando and for christmas, I gave Emilio a giant hersey’s kiss. He Left My School Though…..

    Comment by Laura — December 7, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

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