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Sons of Italy® Centennial Logo Contest Winner Picked

Press Contact: Diane Crespy, 202-547-8115 dcrespy@osia.org

For Immediate Release:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2002 - The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's largest and longest existing association of men and women of Italian heritage, has selected a logo out of more than 100 entries to represent the organization's centennial celebration in 2005.

The winning entry was submitted by William Crawford, 28, of Nashville, Tenn. Crawford learned about the contest through the Nossi College of Art in Nashville, where he graduated in August. He currently is employed as a freelance graphic designer. He received a $3500 prize for his logo.

All entries for the Centennial Logo Contest were displayed at OSIA's 47th Biennial National Convention in Palm Beach, Fla., in August 2001. More than 400 OSIA national officers and delegates voted to determine the top favorite entries. The final decision on the winning entry was made by OSIA's Centennial Celebration Committee headed by then-OSIA National Fourth Vice President Alfred Affinito of Pittsburg, Calif.

In addition to Crawford's first place award, awards were given in several prize categories: one second place prize, three third place prizes, two special recognition awards, and youth awards given to young children.

Congratulations are extended to all participants for their artistic renderings marking OSIA's 100th anniversary.

Established in 1905 in Little Italy, N.Y., OSIA now boasts more than 700 chapter in 35 states and the District of Columbia, and more than 575,000 members and supporters in all 50 states and two U.S. territories. To learn more about OSIA, visit us on the Web at www.osia.org or contact us via e-mail at nationaloffice@osia.org.