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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727
Email: vcoleman@cofo.edu

Date:  January 31, 2013

SUBJECT:  AUTHOR AND REFORMED MEMBER OF THE MAFIA SHARES STORY

By: Chelsea Kliethermes

Michael Franzese, former New York mobster, will speak at College of the Ozarks on Monday, February 11, at 7 p.m., in Jones Auditorium. Franzese shares stories of his journey from being in the mob to becoming a Christian, who motivates audiences world-wide.

According to Vanity Fair magazine, Franzese was “one of the biggest money earners the mob had seen since Al Capone.” He also was ranked #18 of the youngest individuals on Fortune magazine’s list of “The Fifty Biggest Mafia Bosses.”

Franzese’s autobiography, Blood Covenant, tells his story from the early days in the mob and experiences through his rise to power that led him to quit the mob and be a follower of Christ. He is the only high ranked member of the mob to ever walk away and live to tell his story.

Students will be allowed priority seating for the event; remaining seats will be available to the public free of charge. For more information, please contact the Public Relations office at (417)690-2212.           

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