For Immediate Release:




Meredith Conger

Communications Specialist

(225) 382-3577


Visit Baton Rouge President & CEO Wins Civic Award

Paul Arrigo, CDME named Joseph I Giarrusso Award Recipient


Baton Rouge, LA – During the 35th Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala, “Shoot for the Stars”, Visit Baton Rouge President & CEO Paul Arrigo, CDME, was awarded the Joseph I Giarrusso Civic Award.


The Award recognizes local Italian American individuals who have worked to better the quality of life for Italian Americans and their communities while excelling in their career. Previous recipients include educators, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Notably, local recipients included District Attorney, Hillar Moore and CEO of Manda Fine Meats, Robert “Bobby” Yarborough.


“Mr. Arrigo was selected for his considerable success in the field of hospitality marketing, his deep roots in New Orleans as an alumnus of UNO, and his leadership roles in such organizations as the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association and the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Commerce Fraternity”, says Cristine Barona with the American Italian Cultural Center.


“As a second-generation Italian American, I am honored to receive the Joseph Giarrusso Civic Award and deeply humbled at the recognition of nearly 45 years in the hospitality and travel industry. I am proud to work alongside so many dedicated individuals promoting travel and tourism to the city of Baton Rouge”, says Arrigo.


The event will took place at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in New Orleans on January 25th and included a formal dinner, presentation and silent auction. During the presentation, several contributors of Italian Americans in the sports, entertainment, medical and civic fields were honored.


The American Italian Renaissance Foundation, operating as the American Italian Cultural Center promotes the culture and heritage of the American Italian community by offering a variety of services including language and culture classes, seminars, concerts and events. The group hopes to make an impact through increased awareness of how the American Italian community has shaped the local, regional and national history and culture.




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