Ellen Pompeo Given NIAF Special Achievement Award

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The lovely Ellen Pompeo attended the 32nd annual National Italian American Foundation Gala in Washington, D.C. and received a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Entertainment for her portrayal of Dr. Meredith Grey.

She joined director Martin Scorsese at the gala, as well as Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Mary Margaret Valenti, the widow of Jack Velenti (president of the Motion Picture Association of America).

Three Cheers for Ellen
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Ellen at the NIAF Awards

Click here for more photos of Ellen Pompeo at the event. It's always great to see this terrific Grey's Anatomy actress and person honored!

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