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OSIA Launches Italian Cultural Initiatives

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900 kcafiero@osia.org

WASHINGTON, December 15, 2003 The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) has launched a series of new initiatives that center around Italian culture, education and language studies.

OSIA is the largest and longest established national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. It has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.