The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC was established in 1929 with the primary goal of assisting recent immigrants become assimilated into the ways of American business. As Italian Americans in the Washington area have become more successful and affluent, the goals of the Club have shifted towards more civic minded activities that help not only Italian Americans but the Washington Metropolitan area in general. For over 84 years the Club has brought together Washington area Italian American businessmen and professionals to enjoy not only their shared business interest but also their Italian American culture while volunteering in various philanthropic activities.

Lido Civic Club Selects Woman and Man of the Year for 2015

Lido Civic Club Selects Woman and Man of the Year for 2015

The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC, an 85 year old civic and charitable organization, has selected a dynamic Italian-American couple as their Man and Woman of the Year for 2015.  They are Gracia Martore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gannett Co., Inc. and Joseph A. Martore, President & Chief Executive Officer of CALIBRE Systems Inc.

Gracia Martore became CEO of Gannett in October 2011.  Ms. Martore is the chairman and president of Gannett Foundation which supports non-profit activities in the communities which Gannett serves.  The Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, reacts to natural and other disasters and contributes to a variety of charitable causes.  Ms. Martore champions and actively participates in USA WEEKEND’s annual Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service.

Joe Martore joined CALIBRE in March 2004 as part of its acquisition of Strategic Management Initiatives, Inc. (SMI), which he co-founded and served as President & CEO.  In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Martore serves as a principal consultant to the U.S. Army.  Mr. Martore currently is a member of the MIT Engineering Systems Division Alumni Advisory Council, and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Professional Services Council (PSC), the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA, and the Laurel Grove School Museum Association.

They will be honored at our Past Presidents Night Gala, at the Italian Embassy on November 22nd, 2014.