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Kenneth G. Langone, Home Depot Co-Founder, Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center, to Lead 65th Annual Columbus Day Parade as Grand Marshal
Date:8/27/2009

Lifetime of Achievement Traces Arc of American Dream

Parade to be Held on October 12 on Fifth Ave. in New York City

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kenneth G. Langone, investment banker, venture capitalist and philanthropist, will be Grand Marshal of the 2009 Columbus Day Parade in New York City.

Mr. Langone, a co-founder of Home Depot and chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center, will lead contingents of folk dancers, musicians, dignitaries, and civil servants nearly 35,000 strong past crowds of nearly one million people in the world's largest celebration of Italian and Italian-American culture and heritage.

"Ken Langone is a virtuous man of good character, who is an ideal role model for Italian-Americans and indeed all Americans," said Lawrence Auriana, chairman of the Columbus Citizens Foundation.

"Mr. Langone is living proof that the American dream continues," said Louis Tallarini, president of the Foundation. "Ken was able to attend college because of sacrifices that his parents made, and he worked his way through school as a construction laborer, a golf caddy, and a butcher's assistant. Ken succeeded beyond his parents' wildest dreams in business and in his philanthropic work: he has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals, and foundations. We are deeply honored that Ken has agreed to be the standard-bearer for the Italian-American community and for all Americans who commit themselves to hard work and helping those in need."

"New York and America have provided opportunities for millions of people who came here in pursuit of a better life," said Langone. "I am extremely fortunate that my grandparents were among them, and I am honored to represent the men and women from Italy who came to the United States befor
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