The Italian American Chamber of Commerce – Midwest (IACC) will present its coveted awards to local business leaders, honoring their work and community achievements during the 105th Anniversary Gala & Awards Dinner on Monday, Sept. 24. The Black Tie-optional event will be held at downtown Chicago’s River East Art Center, with entrance at 465 N. McClurg, and begins at 6:30 p.m.
The IACC is proud to announce that Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, will travel from the legendary super sports car manufacturer’s headquarters near Bologna, Italy, to accept the Chamber’s “Global Leadership Award.” Winkelmann, who has led Lamborghini since 2005, has been decorated as a Grand Officer in the Order of Merit of The Italian Republic thanks to his “deep commitment” to re-launching this Italian luxury brand. William “Bill” Terlato, President and CEO of Terlato Wine Group and Terlato Wines International, will accept the “Businessman of the Year Award.” Today, in large part due to his vision and dynamic leadership that has expanded the company’s luxury portfolio, more than one in every 10 bottles of wine over $14 sold in the United States is a Terlato wine.
Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd ward), who before being elected to serve his diverse Chicago ward was a civil litigator and continues to be a strong advocate in promoting the accessibility of higher education to many Chicago-area students through scholarship and outreach, will be honored with the “Public Service Award.” AJF Management, Inc., President Anthony Fornelli will receive the IACC’s “Humanitarian Award.” for his outstanding contributions to many charities and organizations in the Midwest. The Chamber also will honor Anthony Riccardi Sr., president and principal of Gurnee-based commercial contractor firm Wm. A. Randolph, Inc.—where he spent his career since graduating in 1965 with a civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—with its “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Previous IACC Award recipients have included Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat S.p.A., and Chrysler Group LLC in 2008, the late Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine in 2009, and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and ComEd President and CEO Anne R. Pramaggiore in 2010.
For the past century, the IACC has recognized and honored the accomplishments of influential business leaders who have contributed greatly to Italian culture and modern history. Each year, this elegant affair hosts more than 400 business professionals, politicians, government officials and VIP guests from the Midwest and Italy.
Proceeds from this year’s Gala & Awards Dinner will benefit two charities: the Cook Italy Educational Foundation, a 501©(3) organization created to teach healthy eating habits based on the traditional Italian diet to disadvantaged Chicago-area children through a fun, hands-on approach; and the Italian government fund recently established to rebuild areas in the Emilia-Romagna region hard-hit by the May 2012 earthquake.
During the same week as the Gala, the IACC will also host “Italian Expo 2012” at the River East Center, which will be attended by many of the Gala business professionals and VIP guests. The IACC’S annual Gala & Awards Dinner is a signature event of Italian Expo, a three-day consumer event showcasing the best of Italian and Italian-inspired cuisine, wine, fashion and jewelry, tourism, art and entertainment. This year’s Italian Expo will be held Sept. 24-26. For tickets and more information about this event, visit www.italianexpo.us.
To RSVP for the Gala & Awards Dinner or for more information, contact Stefano Meni at (312) 553-9137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.