Saturday, January 20, 2018
5:00 pm Cocktails & Silent Auction
6:00 pm Dinner
St. Charles Room, New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel
Gold seating: $225 per person, Silver Seating: $175 per person, AICC Members: $150
2018 National Honoree: Franco Harris
Franco Harris played football for Penn State and played in the NFL for 13 years as a fullback. In 1972, he was a first round draft pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is best known for the “Immaculate Reception” in the 1972 AFC divisional playoff game in which he caught a football which bounced off the hands of Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum and John Fuqua and then scored the game winning touchdown. In 1972, Harris was named the Rookie of the Year by both the Sporting News and United Press International.
Harris helped lead the Steelers to four Super Bowl wins in the 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979 seasons. He was named the MVP of Super Bowl IX; he rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries for a 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He was the first Italian American and the first African American named MVP. Harris was extremely popular with Pittsburgh’s large Italian-American population: his fans called themselves “Franco’s Italian Army” and wore army helmets with his number on them.
Harris played with the Steelers 12 of his 13 professional years. He played for the Seattle Seahawks for the 1984 season. In 1990 he was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The AIRF is proud to honor Franco Harris at the 2018 LAISHF Gala!
2018 Local Inductees
The 2018 LAISHF local inductees are Anthony Chimento, Lou Carboni, and Louis Cascio. Auguri!
Louis Prima Arts & Entertainment Award: Bobby Rydell
Buddy “D” Media Award: Matt Moscona
Louisiana Woman of the Year Award: Mary Perrin
American Veteran Award: Salvador Anselmo Sr.
Dr. John Adriani Medical Award: Dr. Frank Culicchia
Joseph Maselli Heritage Award: George Randazzo
Civic Award: Robert Bruno