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Sons of Italy® Contributes $100,000 To Alzheimer Research

Grant Raises OSIA Contribution Total to over $1 Million

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

WASHINGTON, DC - April 12, 2004 ­ The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) has given a $100,000 grant to the Alzheimer's Association (AA) through its philanthropic arm, the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF).

Since 1993, OSIA and SIF have contributed more than $1 million to the Alzheimer's Association for research to cure and prevent this devastating disease.

The OSIA/SIF check presentation ceremony was March 22 in Washington, D.C. Paul S. Polo, Sons of Italy Foundation® president; Joseph Sciame, OSIA national president; and Robert Messa, OSIA national immediate past president, presented the check to Richard Kipper, AA chairman.

"For over 10 years SIF has supported the Alzheimer's Association and its mission to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of this devastating disease. We are proud to be part of this effort," says Polo.

The Sons of Italy®has sponsored several AA research projects by senior scientists in the United States and Italy who are researching the risk genes for dementia, and investigating basic disease mechanisms at work in the Alzheimer brain.

OSIA is the largest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. Through its SIF, it supports education, medical research, cultural preservation, disaster relief and other special projects. Since its inception in 1959, the SIF has donated more than $85 million to these causes. To learn more about the SIF, see www.osia.org or contact us at sif@osia.org.