Rhode Island Italian American Hall of Fame’s Greatest Salute America’s Bravest

November 19, 2017 • 1:00 PM

The RIIAHF celebrates its 30th anniversary by presenting former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring eight courageous Rhode Island military veterans who will receive Distinguished Service Awards and some of Rhode Island’s best and brightest college bound students who will receive $2,000 scholarships.

NBC 10’s Gene Valicenti and Alison Bologna are the Masters of Ceremonies for this one time historic event.

Musical performances by The Company Bees and Kelley Lennon

Among celebrity presenters, all former RIIAHF honorees who are scheduled to appear: 

Rico Petrocelli                                      
Red Sox Hall of Famer  

Lou Lamoriello                                                            
Toronto Maple Leafs GM  

Gino Cappelletti
Patriots Hall of Famer

Ernie DiGregorio 
Friars & NBA Great

Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio (RET)   
Former Commanding General        
RI National Guard

Joseph Paolino
Former Providence Mayor


Premium seating in the first five rows, orchestra center and Invitation to private catered reception with open bar before the event, 11 AM-12:30 PM, to meet Leon Panetta, military veteran honorees, Senator Jack Reed, NBC 10’s Alison Bologna, Gene Valicenti and celebrity presenters including Rico Petrocelli, Gino Cappelletti, Ernie DiGregorio and Lou Lamoriello, all scheduled to attend. Additional presenters TBA.


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    Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787), or at the PPAC Box Office located at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence. Box Office Hours are M-F, 10A–5P; Sat 10A-2P. Summer hours are M-Th 10A-3P. The VETS on-site Box Office is only open on show days. Children under the age of six are not permitted to attend performances unless it is designated as a family show. Please call the Box Office at (401) 421-2787 to see which shows are appropriate for younger children. All persons regardless of age are required to have a ticket for family shows. Ticket pricing subject to change without notice.

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