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THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION OF SAVOY ORDERS
 THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION OF SAVOY ORDERS REPORT 2014 FESTA DELLA PRIMAVERA RECEPTION AND PRESENTATION OF THE SAVOY FOUNDATION’S CHIVALRY AWARD June 12, 2014 By Dama di Comm. Larissa Van Duser
AMERICAN FOUNDATION OF SAVOY ORDERS
Festa della Primavera Reception– June 12, 2014
Savoy Foundation’s Chivalry Award Presentation
(Left to right) Event Chair Dama di Comm. Vivian Cardia, former Congressman The Hon. Frank Guarini,
Presenter of the Chivalry Award, His Excellency Archbishop Francis Chullikatt,
Savoy Chairman of the Board Cav. Gr. Cr. Avv. Carl Morelli,
On the evening of Thursday, June
12, 2014, at The Cosmopolitan Club in New
York City, the American Foundation of
Savoy Orders hosted its annual spring
benefit - Festa della Primavera - under the
patronage of Their Royal Highnesses Prince
Victor Emmanuel and Princess Marina of
Savoy. The Savoy Foundation’s second
annual Chivalry Award was presented to His
Excellency Archbishop Francis Chullikatt,
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the
United Nations. Last year's honoree, former
U.S. Congressman Frank Guarini from New
Jersey, was the presenter. The reception
was hosted by Event Chair and Grand
Benefactor Dama di Comm. Vivian Cardia.
The event raised funds for the Savoy
Foundation’s charitable initiatives, in
particular, Italian Language Programs in the
United States.
The
Chivalry
Awards
were
inaugurated by the Savoy Foundation in
2013 to focus greater attention on standards
of knightly conduct, which history dates
back to the Crusades and Europe in the
Middle Ages. Even in the twenty-first
century, the concept of “chivalry” is still
synonymous with courtesy, honor and
integrity. It survives and flourishes as both a
code of conduct and a way of life,
embodying the highest ideals of civilization.
Honorees for these awards are selected by
the Savoy Foundation's Board of Directors
in recognition of their outstanding service,
generosity and civility in their distinguished
careers and their unselfish commitment to
public causes and their personal dignity,
reflecting noble and ancient chivalric
traditions of the Dynastic and Hereditary
Orders of the Royal House of Savoy.
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The Savoy Foundation’s Chivalry
Award recognized Archbishop Chullikatt’s
accomplishments
in
diplomacy
and
international relations. As the Vatican’s
recent Permanent Observer at the United
Nations, he has championed moral standards
in international humanitarian law, among
which have been nuclear disarmament and
the protection of Christian minorities in the
Middle East and Africa. A strong advocate
for eradicating deprivation, his acceptance
speech, upon receiving the 2014 Chivalry
Award, emphasized the importance of the
family to encourage development and to
combat poverty and the need for political
will to divert funding from military
spending and costly armed conflict to
constructive global priorities such as
universal access to basic services in the
Third World, particularly in Africa and Asia.
Festa della Primavera Reception
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Chivalry Award Presentation Ceremony
The Festa commenced at 6:30 pm
with a splendid cocktail reception enjoyed
by all attendees, while anticipating the
arrival of special guest and honoree, His
Excellency Archbishop Francis Chullikatt.
At 7:15 pm, Dama di Comm. Vivian Cardia,
Event Chair, commenced the official
presentation ceremony of the Savoy
Foundation’s
Chivalry
Award.
The
festivities were launched with a welcome
speech by the Chairman of the Board of the
Savoy Foundation, Cav. Gr. Cr. Avv. Carl
Morelli, who also congratulated the honoree.
Mr. Morelli was very pleased to read
a letter of greeting from His Royal Highness
Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy. He
thanked the Patrons, Benefactors and
Sponsors for their generous support of this
evening’s event.
He also thanked the
Honoree for his gracious acceptance to
receive the Foundation’s second annual
Chivalry Award. Dama di Comm. Vivian
Cardia then introduced former Congressman
Frank Guarini, last year's recipient, who
read the citation and presented the Chivalry
Award Diploma to His Excellency.
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In accepting his award,
Archbishop Chullikatt expressed his
personal gratitude for the Savoy
Foundation's
recognition
"with
confident hope that his efforts and
actions in the future will deserve this
high honor." He quoted Cicero:
"historia magistra vitae est" (history is
life's teacher) and how we are the
shapers of history and how Italians
have been instrumental in shaping the
world and this nation's history. He also
expounded on the Royal House of
Savoy's
contributions-its
great
luminaries, saints and foresight in
being the custodian of the Holy
Shroud and its importance in the 19th
century in accomplishing the union of
the Italian nation state and building
peace and prosperity.
Archbishop Chullikatt then
delivered a remarkably important and
insightful report on the humanitarian
consequences of modern challenges
facing the world - poverty, hunger,
famine,
environmental
problems
underdevelopment, lack of healthcare
and education, expensive energy,
unemployment, organized crime,
piracy, human trafficking, global
mushrooming
of
fundamentalist
extremists,
the
persecution
of
Christian minorities, armed conflicts,
nuclear proliferation, among others.
He then outlined the world's valued
"commodity" expenditures by class
and culture compared to costs needed
to improve the plight of the poor in the
developing world. He assessed that the
lack of political will has obstructed
universal access to basic services in
the Third World - water and sanitation,
health and education - which could
easily be provided if it were not for the
costs of waging war and regional
conflicts.
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Il Coordinatore Magistrale per le Americhe degli Ordini
Dinastici della Real Casa di Savoia
e Delegato Magistrale in Argentina
June 12, 2014
Dear Friends and Confreres,
I have the great honor and pleasure of welcoming all Confreres,
Friends and Distinguished guests to this evening's “Festa
della Primavera” at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City.
In particular, I would like to acknowledge the Second Annual
Chivalry Award Recipient, His Excellency Archbishop Francis
Chullikatt, Papal Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the
Holy See to the United Nations for his outstanding civic
service and professional excellence, which exemplify the
Savoy Orders' chivalric principles and commitment to noble
philanthropic ideals.
I offer best wishes for an enjoyable evening and continued
success.
Sincerely,
Cav. Gr. Cr. Dr. Sergio Pellecchi
Coordinator of the Savoy Orders for the Americas
and
Delegate in Argentina
We are grateful that the following actively participated or contributed to this event.
(*****Denoted Grand Benefactors; ****Patrons; ***Benefactors; **Grand Sponsors; *Sponsors)
Mr. Wylie A. Adames
Mr. Kalman Angus-Clark
Uff. Avv. E. Wayne Bachus
Dama Joan Bartilucci*
Comm. Nicholas J. Bartilucci*
Uff. Avv. Louis L. Benza
Dama Gina Biancardi
Comm. Dott. Stephen Billick
Mrs. Irene Bogoni****
Mr. Paul Bogoni****
Mrs. Andrea Caccese
Uff. Dott. William Caccese and guests
Dama di Comm.Vivian Cardia *****
Mr. Justin Morin-Carpentier
H.Exc. Archbishop Francis Chullikatt
Uff. Anthony Cipriano***
Robert Clark, Esq.
Dr. Patricia De Barbieri
Uff. Avv. Roy De Barbieri
Uff. Dott. Craig de Paulo
Mrs. Barbara Desiderio*
Cav. Avv. Frank J. Desiderio*
Comm. Dott. Charles Drake
Uff. Avv. Gerald Farrell, Jr.
Mrs. Renée Flug**
Mr. Sy Flug**
Uff. Dott. Brandon Fradd
Mr. John J. Frezza*
Uff. Avv. Joseph Giminaro
Dama di Comm. Cristina Grassi*
Gr. Uff. Marco Grassi*
The Hon. Frank Guarini**
Mr. Helyett Harris
Cav. Avv. John Hoffman
Comm. Prof. Eric Ierardi*
Ms. Nancy Indelicato
Dama Camille Marie Kelleher
Cav. Avv. Rory Kelleher
Mr. Daniel Ladner & guest
Josselin J. Lucas, Esq.
Cav. Frank Marino
Gr. Uff. L'On. Dominic Massaro
Comm. L'On. Pasquale Menna
Dama Joan Migliori
Cav. Gr. Cr. Avv. Carl J. Morelli**
The Hon. Mica Mosbacher*
Prof. H. Wayne Nelson, Ph.D.*
Mrs. Loyse Paradiso
Mr. and Mrs. Berardo Paradiso
Uff. and Mrs. Thomas Pecora***
Mr. Vincent Pepe
Mr. KyQuan Phong
Cav. Vincent Pica II
Uff. Dott. Thomas B. Rich
Mrs. Thomas B. Rich
Dr. Mary Rorro
The Hon. Gilda Rorro-Baldassari
Dama di Comm. Marchesa
Alexandra Rossi Longhi*
Mr. Jeffrey A. Ryan
Cav. Vincent Salce
Mrs. Lisa Salibello
Cav. Salvatore Salibello
Mr. Frank Savino
Gr. Uff. Joseph Sciame*
Uff. Avv. David Skoblow
Mr. Cody Smith
Uff. Ellsworth G. Stanton III
Cav. Anthony Tamburri
Cav. John Trout
Dama di Comm. Larissa Van Duser
Cav. John Viola*
Uff. Anthony Viscogliosi*
Mrs. Laura Wetsch
Dr. John Wetsch
Cav. Michael Woolfolk
Dr. Maria Zoratti*
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