Matilda Cuomo To Receive Savoy Foundation's 2018 Chivalry Award

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Matilda Raffa Cuomo, the former First Lady of New York State, will receive the Savoy Foundation's Sixth Annual Chivalry Award at the Foundation's annual Spring Reception - Festa della Primavera - on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The event will take place at the Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York City.

Matilda Raffa Cuomo

The Savoy Foundation is pleased to award its 2018 Chivalry Award to Matilda Cuomo. She is an outstanding public personage who has served the Empire State, the nation and the world. Her Mentoring USA enables aspiring young people to achieve success and realize their full potential.

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders will present the Foundation’s 2018 Chivalry Award to Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo, in recognition of her outstanding leadership in education and mentoring and lifelong dedication to public service. As the wife of the late former Governor of New York State, Hon. Mario Cuomo, and as the mother of the current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Matilda Raffa Cuomo has for decades been a beloved and inspirational symbol of the true spirit of chivalry in America and a perfect choice for the Savoy Foundation’s 2018 Chivalry Award. The presentation of the Chivalry Award to Mrs. Cuomo will be on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse in New York City. Tickets to the Festa della Primavera Spring Awards Reception begin at $225 per person. Junior tickets are available at $175 per person. Proceeds benefit Mentoring USA.

Mrs. Cuomo's leadership role in New York State, across the United States, and through international initiatives, has heightened the visibility of such causes as mentoring, children’s rights, and volunteerism. In 1987, she established the New York State Mentoring Program, the first statewide school-based, one-to-one mentoring project in the United States. To advance the goals of the New York State program, she founded a non-profit organization, Mentoring USA, in 1995. Mentoring USA believes that the presence of a caring adult in a young person’s life increases self-esteem, strengthens relationships with peers and adults, improves academic performance and attendance, and helps combat school drop-out. The impact of Mrs. Cuomo’s mentoring work expanded to include affiliate programs in Italy and Spain in Europe, as well as in Morocco in Africa – with plans to increase its presence in other areas of the Mediterranean region.

In a joint statement, Messrs. Carl Morelli and Joseph Sciame, respectively Chairman of the Board and President of the Savoy Foundation, hailed the occasion: “The Savoy Foundation is pleased to award its 2018 Chivalry Award to Matilda Cuomo. She is an outstanding public personage who has served the Empire State, the nation and the world. Her Mentoring USA enables aspiring young people to achieve success and realize their full potential.”

The Savoy Foundation’s Chivalry Awards, inaugurated in 2013, are dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished individuals in all fields of endeavor whose exemplary conduct embodies the highest ideals of “chivalry” which even today is still synonymous with courtesy, honor and integrity. Honorees are selected in recognition of their unselfish commitment to public service, generosity and civility in their distinguished careers, which reflect the noble and ancient chivalric traditions of the Dynastic and Hereditary Orders of the Royal House of Savoy and a millennial history of charity.

Past recipients of the Chivalry Award have been: Ms. Maria Bartiromo, internationally recognized television financial journalist; philanthropist and former Congressman Frank Guarini; Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the then Ambassador of the Holy See to the United Nations; Mrs. Eva Franchi for her promotion of Italian culture in the field of opera; Dr. Anthony Fauci for his acclaimed leadership in the fields of medicine and science; Her Excellency Vicki Downey, Head of the Eastern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

The spring reception on June 6, begins at 6:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 7:15 pm. Ms. Vivian Cardia is the Event Chair. Two hundred guests are expected to attend the stellar event at the Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse, 8 East 69th Street in New York City.

About The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated
The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated, a U.S. charitable 501(c) (3) organization, is a NGO in Roster Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It has three endowments: charitable causes, educational programs and an operating fund. Its Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarship was established to provide financial aid to students in the humanities and international studies. Annual grants are also made to: children’s welfare causes; hospice care facilities; emergency disaster relief to victims of earthquakes, hurricanes and floods; disabled American veterans’ programs; and educational and cultural programs. ( In order to raise funds for the support of its activities, the Savoy Foundation sponsors a winter event,Savoy Ball of New York (Ballo di Savoia), a spring event, Festa della Primavera and a West Coast Charity Gala Notte di Savoia. It also confers an annual Chivalry Award, which honors individuals whose humanitarian work, public service and exemplary conduct have contributed significantly to the betterment of the community and world. Its goal is to bring public recognition to individuals whose principles, values, civil conduct and humanitarian accomplishments provide inspiration to current and future generations.

About The American Delegation of Savoy Orders
The American Delegation of Savoy Orders, which includes the United States of America and Canada, is a part of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy, among the oldest orders of chivalry in the world. The Savoy Orders are headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and have 35 Delegations worldwide that support the ongoing charitable works of these ancient Dynastic Orders of Knighthood and Merit. Their origins and their principles, traditions and humanitarian goals date back a thousand years. HRH Prince Victor Emmanuel, Prince of Naples and Duke of Savoy, is Head of the House of Savoy and Grand Master of the Savoy Orders, He is the great, great grandson of King Victor Emmanuel II, Italy’s first reigning sovereign, who united the nation of Italy under his rule between 1861 and 1870. The Prince’s father, King Umberto II, was Italy’s last reigning sovereign. He died in 1983.

About Mentoring USA
Mentoring USA is a structured, site-based, mentoring organization that began as the first state-sponsored, school-based, one-on-one mentoring program in the country in 1987. The program founded by former First Lady of the State of New York, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1995, and has provided mentors for more than 5,000 children since its inception and serves youth nationally and internationally

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