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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

e me and who helped make America the greatest nation on earth."

The parade will be held on October 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The parade runs north on Fifth Avenue from 47th through 79th Streets and will be broadcast on NBC affiliates and by RAI Italian television.

As Grand Marshal, Mr. Langone will be presented with an award at the Columbus Day Gala on Saturday, October 10 at the Waldorf Astoria. In addition to the Parade and Gala, the Foundation celebrates its heritage with a two-week, 7,000 square foot exhibition in Grand Central Terminal, which this year will become a stage for a beautiful exhibit on Italy's Veneto Region as well as a biographical storyboard on the Grand Marshal.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation organizes New York City's annual Columbus Celebration and is committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation also provides opportunities for advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. For more information, visit www.columbuscitizensfd.org.

About Kenneth Langone

Mr. Langone was born in Roslyn Heights, New York to working class parents in a close-knit Italian family. His father was a plumber, and his mother worked in a cafeteria. Although Mr. Langone's high school principal stated that sending the boy to college would be a waste of money, the Langones mortgaged their house so their son could attend Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Mr. Langone received a BA in Economics. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for two years.

Following his military service, Mr. Langone worked in the investment department of Equitable Life Assurance Company and in 1960, after attending night classes, received an MBA from New York University. In 1961, Mr. Langone became an associate at broker/dealer R.W. Presspri
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