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Boy Scouts honor supporter.

The Boy Scouts of America presented Martin J. Cicco, vice chairman of Merrill Lynch's global commercial real estate division, with both its Good Scout and James E. West Awards in acknowledgement of his longtime support of New York City Scouting.

Former Good Scout award recipients Michael D. Fascitelli, president of Vornado, and Bruce E. Mosler, president of Cushman & Wakefield, served as chairmen for the event, held at the Hilton New York on November 22, and were onstage to present Cicco with the awards.

"I am humbled and honored and very thankful," said Cicco who, along with Mosler, was decorated ceremoniously with the Boy Scouts' trademark cap and scarf.

"Most of you know I am better starting campfires with a lighter than two sticks. On a recent trip to Idaho, I realized I wasn't too good at canoeing either. But it has been such an honor to take part in supporting and advancing Scouting, which gives so many underprivileged kids confidence and opportunity that they otherwise wouldn't have."

Although the efforts of high profile figures like Cicco, Fascitelli, Mosler and Fried Frank's chairman, Jonathan Mechanic, who also spoke at the event, have been critical in raising industry awareness for Scouting, Cicco remarked how receptive and generous the real estate industry in Manhattan has been in its support.

"Today is about Scouting, but it's also about celebrating the real estate industry and how much it has done," Cicco said. "I'm proud to be a part of both." Offering closing remarks, Fascitelli revealed that the luncheon had raised $500,000, an amount that will go towards helping provide more than 100,000 City Scouts--many of whom come from underprivileged backgrounds--with everything from uniforms to the opportunity to go away to Boy Scout summer camps.

"Marty and I used to be competitors when I was at Goldman Sachs and he always competed fairly and was the toughest and smartest competitor," Fascitelli said.

"He truly embodies and exemplifies the character traits that these awards were meant to honor."

"The money we raised today is critical and goes to so many kids. For that I want to give my thanks to Marty and the entire real estate community."
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Author:Geiger, Daniel
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Date:Nov 30, 2005
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