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January 24, 2011 - Castello Banfi rings Nasdaq Closing Bell - On Behalf of VinItaly and the American Cancer Society.Ms.Mariani-May was joined for the ceremony by Marilisa Allegrini, proprietor of Veneto wine producer, Allegrini; Giovanni Mantovani, CEO of Veronafiere, organizers of Vinitaly and the Vinitaly World Tour, as well as representatives from the American Cancer Society.
The closing bell ceremony formed the highlight of a series of events marking the presentation of a $45,000 donation to the American Cancer Society by VinItaly, an Italian trade organization dedicated to the international promotion of Italian wines, and organizer of the largest wine fair in the world.
In a short address to traders on the floor of the largest electronic screen-based equity securities trading market in the U.S., Ms. Mariani-May observed:
Ranked as the number one imported wine in America last year, Italian wine has thrived even during the recent economic crisis, accounting for 32.5% of the imported wine market in the first half of 2010. Having such a stronghold in the largest wine market in the world distinguishes Italy fromits peers.
The closing bell ceremony was followed by the formal presentation of a check outside The NASDAQ Exchange in Times Square, after which Ms.Mariani-May and Ms. Allegrini participated as guests of honor at a VIPreception for the benefit of the American Cancer Society.
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