To Receive Award At NIAF Gala In Nation's Capital
(WASHINGTON, D.C. -October 18, 2011) Hon. Santo Versace, president of Gianni Versace S.p.A. and chairman of Fondazione Operation Smile Italia Onlus, will be honored at the National Italian American Foundation's (NIAF) 36th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. Versace will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Philanthropy on October 29, 2011, at the Washington Hilton.
The black-tie event begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.
Honorees from Italy joining Versace include Claudio Bozzo, president of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc., President of Confindustria Emma Marcegaglia, who is at the top of the Italian industrialists' power structure and heads Italy's employers' association and Paolo Scudieri, CEO of Adler Plastic S.p.A.
Since 1977, Versace
has played a leading role in establishing the exclusivity and profitability of the Versace brand, overseeing all areas of the business, including sale, distribution, production and finance.
sister Donatella, Santo Versace
has built the Versace empire into a worldwide luxury company that generates over one billion dollars in retail sales per year.
late brother, Gianni
, they founded the Gianni Versace trademark in 1977.
In addition to his work with Gianni Versace S.p.A., Santo devotes much of his charitable efforts to Fondazione Operation Smile Italia Onlus which is a resource Country of Operation Smile Inc.
Since 2007, he has served as its president.
provides reconstructive surgery for children worldwide with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
help and that of medical volunteers, the organization has done more than two million patient evaluations and provided more than 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.
After graduating from Messina University with a degree in economics, Versace worked as a banker and later a high school teacher of economic geography.
He then went on to serve as an officer in the "Genova Cavalleria" and opened his own accounting office after completing his military service.
However, in 1976, Versace
moved to Milan to support his