Recently the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) held its Annual Luncheon at the St. Regis in New York city. Honored at the event were two outstanding Italian American Women, Sandra L. DePoalo, the Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering for the Bank of New York, Mellon and Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS, President of the New York Academy of Medicine.
NOIAW presented the Friend of NOIAW award to The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College of the City University of New York. Roma Torre, NY1 TV midday anchor and Theater Critic, emceed the program.
Begun in in 1980 with a small group of women led by NOIAW founder and Chair Emerita Aileen Rioto Sirey, Ph.D., the group included former New York Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro and former First Lady of New York Matilda Raffa Cuomo. Today, this organization has grown into an international network with affiliates in Italy, Argentina and Australia.
NOIAW Chair Maria Tamburri said, “We are proud and honored to recognize two extremely accomplished women, each of whom are inspirational Italian American role models, champions in their respective fields and major contributors to our community and the nation.”
Proceeds from the luncheon will help support scholarships and cultural member programs. NOIAW is located at 25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1005 in New York City. For more information about NOIAW call 212-642-2003.