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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2009

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FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA HONORED BY FDNY COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION AS 2009 MAN OF THE YEAR

New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will be honored as the 2009 Man of the Year by the FDNY Columbia Association tonight, Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 7 p.m. at Russo’s on the Bay at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd in Queens, NY at the Columbia Association’s 75th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance.

Vincenzo Marra, president and founder of the Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance will also be honored with the Columbia Association’s Humanitarian Award.

The Columbia Association was formed on March 23, 1934 by a group of Italian-American New York City firefighters following several tenement fires that resulted in fatalities to many Italian immigrants.  The original members were all able to speak and write in Italian and used that ability to teach others about fire safety in their native language.  Today, the Columbia Association continues to promote better education by awarding scholarships to students each year.

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WHO:

Columbia Association honors Commissioner Scoppetta as 2009 Man of the Year

WHERE:

Russo’s on the Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY

WHEN:

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 7 p.m.

 

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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