Today’s Honoree is Romina Arena

By the age of four, Romina became an Italian Mouseketeer for the Italian Version of Disney’s Topolino.[3] She also performed as a classical ballerina in the major Italian Theatres at the age of seven. Her powerful knowledge of 10 languages, including Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Greek, Bulgarian and Hebrew that allowed her to open many doors to the international music market. Oscar winning film composer Ennio Morricone has always been Romina’s mentor, since she was twelve years old. In fact, she was the first female Italian artist and songwriter, to add lyrics to Morricone’s famous “ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA”movie theme. She is considered the female version of Josh Groban and her music is compared to the music of Andrea Bocelli, Enya with a Barbra Streisand flavour. Romina fell victim to a terrible tragedy, when still at a young age, was attacked at the backstage of a prime time television show in Sicily and her attacker severed her vocal chords with a pocket knife, leaving her comatose. Her physicians told her she would never sing again. However, she completely recovered over a three-year period to become an International star. Not only did she fully regain her vocal abilities; a strange side effect of the attack was that she developed an extraordinary five-octave vocal range as a result of the trauma to her pharynx.[4]

A two time Academy Award-winning film producer is currently developing her life story into a major motion picture. Her book will also soon be available in stores. Romina is also a sought after inspirational and motivational speaker, an incredible screenwriter and a well known philanthropist and humanitarian. Romina has received the prestigious Gold Orb Medal, presented to her by The Olympic Games of The Arts where she was equally awarded along with Hollywood legend Jane Russell. She has performed for Bo Derek, Paris Hilton, Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Betty White, Al Pacino, Oliver Stone, Jack Canfield, Cheryl Ladd, President Clinton, Pope John Paul II and many other popular figures. Romina was awarded with the most powerful award of all, the GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AWARD from the United Nations, in collaboration with Orphans International and The New York Times and Prince Albert of Monaco for her endless humanitarian support to the children of Haiti. She has appeared as the leading singer special guest on her first national PBS TV special, along with acclaimed pianist Jim Wilson. Romina is the recipient of the 2010 “THE TRICOLOR GLOBE AWARD” the equivalent to the American Oscar in Italy, for best female Italian artist in the world and as a humanitarian.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] In September 2010, Romina performed for over 300 million viewers on European Television Rai 1, Rai Italia, Rai Radio 1. Canale 5, a popular Italian network owned by Silvio Berlusconi, is currently preparing a TV special on her life and career with major Italian journalist Alberto D’Amico. Romina has a tremendous support not only from her American following fan base, but as well from a multi cultural fanbase including the Armenia, Hispanic, Greek and Russian community. Romina is the recipient of the 2010 CSNA Award (Confederation of the Sicilians in North America),as the most successful Sicilian-Italian female Artist and Humanitarian in North America[14][15]

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