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Privitera Donates $25K to Scholarship Fund

Privitera Donates Additional $25k to Scholarship Fund Local Man Provides Additional Donation to $100,000 Pledge

Contact: Mark Dalessandro, 202-547-8115

Washington, D.C., June 25, 1998 - Boston attorney and businessman Frank Privitera has contributed an additional $25,000 to the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), bring him closer to his pledge of $100,000 to establish the Privitera Scholarship Fund. His latest donation, made during an SIF meeting on May 23, 1998, in Washington, D.C., brings his total to $75,000.

The Privitera Scholarship Fund will perpetually award one or more annual scholarships to students seeking higher education. The awards will be made with a preference toward students of Italian heritage. The SIF will award these scholarships through the annual National Leadership Grant Competition, a national merit-based scholarship program.

The first Privitera Family Scholarship was awarded by the SIF on May 21, at the 10th Anniversary National Education & Leadership Awards Gala, in Washington, D.C. The $5,000 award was presented to Tyler Malan Waterfall, a high school senior from Ogden, Utah.

President Clinton spoke at the gala and posed for photographs with many of the 800 people in attendance, including Privitera and his wife, Jean. Tony Bennett performed at the event, where the SIF honored Frank Sinatra (postumously) and Phil Guarascio, vice president and general manager for marketing and advertising with General Motors.

The son of Italian immigrants in the city's West End, Privitera shined shoes and sold newspapers as a boy. He excelled as a student at the High School of Commerce, and he continued his studies, earning a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University. He went on to earn a master's degree at the University of Virginia and his law degree from Boston College. After serving in the Korean War with the U.S. Army, he returned to Boston and joined a downtown law firm prior to opening his own law office.

The Priviteras have been married for 37 years. During the early years of their marriage, they borrowed $2,000 to invest in a real estate transaction. Since then the Priviteras have earned financial independence. Their business ventures including computer hardware and software companies and vast real estate holdings.

"We are pleased that the Priviteras have bestowed their generosity on the Sons of Italy Foundation®'s scholarship program. They join a growing list of prominent Italian-American philanthropists who are providing assistance to our community's finest students through the National Leadership Grant Competition," said SIF President Paul S. Polo Sr.

The SIF was established in 1959, by the Order Sons of Italy in America®. The SIF's has a comprehensive education program; a grant-making program in cultural preservation, education, medical research, and other special projects; and owns and operates the Garibald-Meuci Museum on Staten Island, N.Y.

The Priviteras have made significant contributions to numerous charitable organizations, including major gifts to the Shrine of the Madonna and the Don Orione Home, in East Boston; Project Triangle, the Elizabeth Peabody House, and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

The Priviteras reside in Arlington. They raised three children, Jeannine, Frank, and Phillip, who are all lawyers.