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Palminteris to be honored by D.A.R.E. America

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Chazz Palminteri, right, with baseball great Phil Rizzuto at NIAF's 1996 Anniversary Gala.


Italian American actor and director Chazz Palminteri, and his wife, actress Gianna Palminteri, will be honored later this year by D.A.R.E. America, an educational program that helps children stay away from drugs, gangs and violence.


The Palminteris will receive The American Dream Award during the organization’s 2010 Dare to Care Gala on December 1, 2010. The couple actively supports many charitable organizations, including The Creative Coalition, The Child Reach Foundation and the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation. Additionally, NIAF honored Palminteri in 1996, presenting him with the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Performing Arts.


Standing for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. The Dare to Care Gala will also honor Susan M. Baer, director of aviation at The Port Authority of NY & NJ.