Melissa Errico to Be Honored with Woman of the Year Award

News   Melissa Errico to Be Honored with Woman of the Year Award The Italian Welfare League will honor Broadway favorite Melissa Errico with its 2006 Woman of the Year Award Oct. 14.

Errico, most recently on Broadway in Amour, will be presented with her award during the League's Autumn in New York Luncheon and Fashion Show Oct. 14 at the St. Regis Hotel. The event, which begins at 11:30 AM, will also include the presentation of the Man of the Year Award to FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.

Melissa Errico began her professional career portraying Cosette in Les Misérables, and she followed with leading roles in Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Amour (Tony nomination), Dracula and the City Center Encores! productions of Call Me Madam and One Touch of Venus. She appeared in a production of Threepenny Opera at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Errico's recent Off-Broadway credits include Finian's Rainbow and Aunt Dan and Lemon. She also starred in the Hollywood Bowl presentations of Camelot and The Sound of Music. Errico's debut solo recording was titled "Blue Like That."

In addition to her acting-singing credits, Errico teaches master classes at the LaGuardia High School and the Actors Center. She has helped raise money for Worldwide Orphans and recently created Lila Mamas, a mother's support group in downtown New York.

The Oct. 14 event will begin with a silent auction, followed by lunch and the fashion show. The latter will feature the work of Clifford Michael. Proceeds will help "Italian American children in poor health or who’ve suffered tragic events."

The St. Regis Hotel is located in Manhattan at 2 East 55th Street. For tickets call (212) 861-8480. Visit www.italianwelfareleague.org for more information.

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