Columbus Day Dinner Names 2012 Man of the Year

October 10th, 2012 at 11:01 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

Hundreds of people gathered at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Sunday night for the 105th annual Columbus Day Dinner sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Societies of WNY.

Peter LoJacono is President of the Federation of Italian American Societies of WNY which sponsors the Columbus Day Dinner.

I was emcee for the 105th annual Columbus Day Dinner sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Societies of WNY. The Federation works to promote appreciation of Italian culture and the contributions of Italian-Americans in WNY.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and his wife Michelle attended the dinner which I emceed.

Peter LoJacono and Teresa Marcello presented a serigraph of the landing of Christopher Columbus to developer Rocco Termini as Termini was named Man of the Year. The original of this artwork hangs in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C.

Developer Rocco Termini was named Man of the Year in recognition of his wide range of projects reclaiming and restoring buildings in downtown Buffalo, notably the Hotel @Lafayette. In a touching tribute, Termini told the crowd his father had once shined shoes in the Hotel Lafayette — which Termini has now restored.

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