James and Domenic Emiliani to be Awarded the Trinacria D'Oro 2007

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Prominent Sicilian Entrepreneurs Brothers Recognized by the Federazione Siciliana del New Jersey

The Federazione Siciliana del New Jersey, is pleased to announce its Ninth Annual Dinner Dance honoring two outstanding Italian Americans: James and Domenic Emiliani, 2007 Men of the Year. The event will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at The Venetian, 546 River Drive, Garfield (NJ). Cocktail begins at 4:00 P.M., followed by dinner and dancing featuring entertainment by 7.4.7's.

The Emiliani Brothers will be awarded the prestigious Trinacria d'Oro, a high recognition given to Sicilians with who have made significant entrepreneurial, social, humanitarian and philanthropic contributions.

The story of the Emiliani brothers is both exciting and inspiring, and captures the true essence of the "American Dream" common to many Italians and immigrants who left their lands for the United States with hopes and dreams of a better life.

Leaving native Montelepre (province of Palermo) in 1951, James Emiliani started a part time business in barber supplies and after only one year, he saw an opportunity in the beauty supply business. In 1962 he opened the first Emiliani Beauty Supply Store in Irvington, New Jersey. He sent for his brothers Sal, Domenic, and Roi who were still in Sicily, to join the successful business.

Jimmy has established two annual scholarships (in his father's name) one for children in his native Montelepre and one in the United States. He is an active member of many social clubs and institutions like UNICO, Ieri, Oggi e Domani, Board of Directors of Columbus Hospital Foundation, Italian American Heritage Commission and a member of the Board of Advisors for American- Union Bank. Jimmy has also received numerous awards from various organizations, including the National Spirit of Life Award by City of Hope in 2002. Jimmy and his wife Mary, married for 56 years, have three married children and ten grandchildren.

Domenic Emiliani immigrated to the USA after marring his wife Enza in 1962, working at first as a welder/ironworker and soon joining his brother Jimmy selling barber and beauty supplies. In 1970, Domenic was directing Roma Beauty Supply (Emiliani Branch II) in Highland Park (NJ), which expanded Emiliani Enterprises' territory in central and southern NJ, in addition to the company's presence in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. Shortly afterwards, Emiliani Enterprises went on to become a major wholesaler in the salon industry. Through these many years, their business has grown and it expanded its services throughout the state of New Jersey, the five boroughs of New York, Connecticut and parts of Eastern Pennsylvania. Domenic, like his older brother, is always ready to support any activity in Italian culture and philanthropy.

He enjoys spending time with his three daughters' families and 7 grandchildren! Emiliani Enterprises, built on family values, integrity, and loyalty, today has over 90 professional consultants serving 10,000 customers, 13 store locations, a main distribution center in Union and over 300 employees. Emiliani Enterprises also supports many charitable organizations such as Feed the Children, Make a Wish Foundation, Lupus Foundation, the Alzheimer's Research Foundations, Deborah Hospital, Special Olympics, Mothers Against Drunk Driving among many others. In 2004, the Emiliani Family donated a large monument to his hometown of Montelepre as a reminder of all the immigrants that left Italy after World Was II. Giacomo and Domenico Emiliani are testimonials of dreams coming true in the "land of opportunities."

Almost 2 million residents of New Jersey are of Italian descent, and many of them have their origins in Sicily. "Our Gala is a special occasion to gather together and celebrate the leaders of our Italian-American community and to celebrate Sicilian heritage," said Giuseppe Randazzo, Esq., president of the Federazione.

The Federazione Siciliana del New Jersey is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by M. Cangialosi, S. Chianetta, C. Spinella, J. Puccio, E. De Luca, G. Mineo and E. Monte. It is comprised of several associations of Sicilian heritage with approximately 2000 members. The Federazione seeks to forge a closer relationship between Sicily and New Jersey by promoting cultural and social activities, as well as travel. It also recognizes the contributions of outstanding individuals of Sicilian heritage.

Tickets for this fund-raising event are sold at $100 each. Proceeds from the event will fund The Federazione's numerous programs and scholarships. For information, reservations, or to place an ad/congratulatory message in the Gala's Ad Journal, please contact Mr. Ugo Autino, event Chairman at 201 952 3784 or visit http://www.federazionesiciliananj.org

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