Mr. big the gentleman rewards kindness, in the world On the 28th May, the spotlight had shone in the beautiful Sala Barozzi in the Istituto dei Ciechi in Milan along with the second edition of ‘Mr. Big. The Gentleman Awards’, focusing on the behaviour that makes the modern man a ‘gentleman’.
This project was meticulously put together by Gabriella Chiarappa, journalist and fashion manager, organised by Musikologiamo’s “Le Salon de la Mode” and sponsored by the Lombardy Region and media partner Fabuk Magazine.
A project that strives to find good examples in a contemporary society where great values seem to be lacking.
An evening that brought many smiles and hope to the people was skilfully pieced together by Gabriella Chiarappa and Pablo Ardizzone. The organiser herself stated: “This event marks a great beginning. The event, which went beyond that of an award ceremony, proves to be a concrete message of rebirth where one must rediscover a sense of humanity and respect for their surroundings”.
The most eagerly awaited moment was that of the ‘awards’, rich in enthusiasm and emotion. It was crowned by magical moments dedicated to international music including a spectacular performance by the GREENSLEEVES GOSPEL CHOIR. This was conducted by master Fausto Caravati, who was welcomed by all present by thunderous applause.
Later, it ended on the splendid notes of the incomparable Bossa Nova voice of Italia Vogna and the “Bolla” jazz trio, and this was how an unforgettable evening came to an end…with the promise of continuing a highly noble project of bringing back values of humanity.
The judges included: Roberta Ammendola, RAI journalist, president of the judges, Pino Ammendola, actor and director, Biagio Maimone, journalist and communicator, Giuseppe Picone, International Etoile.
With a dreamlike atmosphere, one could say that it truly felt like attending the Oscars, filled with famous personalities from all over the world of communication, journalism, fashion, cinema, culture, business, institutions and sport. The Mr. Big The Gentleman Award statuette was created by artist Tony Afeltra.
The communication award was given to: Paolo Liguori, editorial director of Tgcom24, by Aida Proietti, young people referent of the Lombardy Committee of the Belisario Foundation; for sport, Amaurys Perez, water polo champion, awarded by Maria Teresa Baldini, former deputy of the Italian Republic and former national basketball player; for Fashion and Business, Antonio De Matteis, CEO Kiton and president of Pitti Uomo, awarded by Cinzia Malvini, journalist and La7 fashion presenter; for Business, Leonardo Massa, MSC Crociere country manager, awarded by Paola Negroni, Director of the Lombardy Region’s Tourism, Fashion and Marketing Department; for Dance, Timofej Andrijashenko, principal dancer of the Teatro alla Scala ballet corps, awarded by international jazz singer Karen Souza. A special award is presented to “Striscia la Notizia” for being a vehicle of relevant social content, of high civic value, for the protection of citizens: Valerio Staffelli collects the prize.
Next, for fashion and show business, we have Gulliermo Mariotto, stylist and TV personality awarded by Camilla Nata, for Fashion Fabio Mancini Top Model – Ambassador of Young People awarded by Valeria Graci, actress and comedian, for Institution the lawyer Gianmarco Negri, the mayor of Tromello, was presented with the award by Sinda Rajae Bezzaz, anchorwoman and actress; another Special Award for Social Affairs went to Giampiero Leo, Vice President of the Regional Committee for Human Rights, presented with the award by Cristiana Corradi, socialite; for Cinema, Giorgio Pasotti, actor and director, was presented with the award by Nicoletta Manni, first dancer at the Theatre La Scala; for Communication, Luciano Fontana, director of the Corriere della Sera, was presented with the award by the Deputy Grazia Di Maggio and received by Candida Morvillo, journalist and writer.
Photo: Abraham Caprani
Photo: Amato Ballante