• We Will See You in 2021!

     

    Thank you for your patience as we took the time to review our options for the Inner Circle Show. For nearly 100 years, our annual event has raised much-needed funds for local charities. This year, we’re taking a pause to allow our beautiful city to stay inside and #FlattenTheCurve.

     

    We will not be gathering together to celebrate in person this year, but we know you’ll make next year’s show the best one yet. Meanwhile, your continued support during this unprecedented time allows us to carry on our mission. Click here to support us.

     

    And stay tuned as we explore ways to provide a virtual glimpse into what we were working on this year!

     

    Stay safe. Stay healthy. We’ll see you next year!

Inner Circle Member Bill Federici Dies

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Bill Federici

Inner Circle member and past president Bill Federici is remembered by all of us for his friendship, baritone singing voice and legendary exploits as a reporter and editor at the New York Daily News.

Bill died April 22, 2014 at his retirement home in Longboat Key,  Fla. from lung cancer. He was 82.

Bill was a top crime reporter and had a thrilling adventure in 1965 when he exclusively recovered the priceless DeLong Star Ruby  stolen from the American Museum of Natural History.

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Click here to read the NY Daily News obituary on Bill Federici:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/daily-news-legend-bill-federici-dies-82-article-1.1765330#ixzz30OhylCGF

On stage, Bill was a sizzling talent, a Sinatra-wannabee who electrified his performances for the Inner Circle.

Cilck here to see Bill in one of his Inner Circle numbers from 1984: 

“Animal Farm: Who’s Zoo in ’84?”   Please go to 1:11:35 on the video.

Bill became a member of the Inner Circle in 1968 and president in 1980.

Many of us when we were young reporters learned more than a thing or two about reporting, writing and interviewing from Bill. His advice was never offered as a braggart; only in response to a young reporter’s request, and always with no strings attached.

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Bill Federici, right, interviewing mobster Frank Costello in 1964.

 

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Bill Federici interviews actor Alec Guinness in 1963.

After a long career at the News, Bill became the public relations chief for Brooklyn Union Gas. He retired in 1996. Bill was a veteran of the Korean War.

A memorial service is planned for May 10 in Princeton, N.J.

 

 

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