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Sons of Italy® Issues First-Ever, Limited Edition Italian American Baseball Heroes Card Set

Washington, D.C. – November 12, 2009 The Sons of Italy®, the nation"s oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage, has announced the release of the first-ever, limited edition set of heritage cards honoring Italian American Baseball heroes.

This collectible box of 100 cards, made from original oil paintings commissioned specifically for this set, is a tribute to the Italian Americans who helped make baseball America"s game. The set contains facts and statistics on baseball greats spanning the generations, from Buttercup Dickerson in 1878 to Joe Torre in 2009. For some, this is their first card. For all, this is the most beautiful card ever.

This set will not be sold commercially. It is available only through the Sons of Italy Foundation®, in gratitude for a minimum donation to support the SIF"s programs that support education, medical research, disaster relief, cultural preservation and other special projects. To date, the SIF has given more than $108 million to these causes.

Visit the Sons of Italy® website at www.osia.org (in the "Marketplace") or call 1-978-829-2552 to order the card set. Each donation will be acknowledged by the SIF with a receipt noting the full tax deductible amount.

The creation of the sets was made possible through a partnership with The National Ethnic Heritage Foundation (NEHF). The NEHF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote knowledge and recognition of the contributions that ethnic and cultural groups have made to America"s unique multicultural heritage, and to promote positive attitudes toward ethnic diversity in the United States.

Established in 1905, OSIA has more than 500,000 family members and supporters and a network of more than 650 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. To learn more, visit www.osia.org.

The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA). Established in 1959, the SIF has contributed more than $108 million to scholarships, medical research, cultural preservation, disaster relief, and other projects. To learn more, visit www.osia.org/sif.