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Opening, Luncheon and Dinner on June 14th Villa Firenze, National Gallery of Art and Teatro Goldoni

Italian Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta and his wife Lila hosted the fi rst few of a series of events to celebrate the opening of the Venetian Masters exhibit at the National Gallery, highlighting the works of Bellini, Giorgione and Titian, began with a cozy reception for major donors at the residence of Italian Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta. The next morning, First Lady Laura Bush visited the exhibition accompanied by Gallery Director Rusty Powell, Lila Castellaneta and Diana Bracco, chairman and CEO of Bracco Group, which sponsored the exhibit. Mrs. Castellaneta also hosted a lunch with the First Lady as the guest of honor at Villa Firenze. Gallery trustees hosted a special black-tie reception and preview that evening for special guests, including Russian Amb. Yury Ushakov and his wife Svetlana; Justices Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Sens. John Warner and Patrick Leahy; Chief of Protocol Donald Ensenat; an Lucio Caputo, president of the Italian Wine and Food Institute. Later that night at Teatro Goldoni Chef Fabrizio Aielli prepared a dinner to raise funds for Save Venice’s eff orts to preserve that city’s unique culture.

Lila Castellaneta and First Lady Laura Bush

Kathy Card and Anne Johnson
Luma Kawar, Cindy Giambiastiani and Debbie Dingell

Maureen and Justice Antonin Scalia
Nancy Brinker and Betty Sembler

Anita McBride and Mary Ourisman
Barbara Harrison, Suzanne Nicholson and Buff y Cafritz

Justice Samuel Alito and Diana Bracco
Armando Varricchio, head of economic and scientific affairs, Amb. Castellaneta and First Counselor Luca Ferrari

Ann Stock and Sharon Rockefeller
Mark Leithauser, Carole Watson and Bruce Cole

D. Dodge Thompson, Sylvia Ferimo and
Rachel Mor and Carlo Melzi

Reproduction of Feast of the Gods by Giovanni Bellini and Titian
Reproduction of Lady with Mirror by Giovanni Bellini

Ingrid and Chef Fabrizio Aielli of Teatro Goldoni
Newt and Callista Gingrich

John and Lynn Pohanka
Eric Denker and Judith “Ms. Manners” Martin

Bruce and Shelly Ross-Larson


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