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SONS OF ITALY ELECTS 2013-2015 NATIONAL OFFICERS

Anthony J. Baratta elected OSIA President, Joseph DiTrapani elected SIF Presidents, Carlo Carlozzi, Jr. elected CSJ President

WASHINGTON, D.C. Aug. 30, 2013 - The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), the oldest and largest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage, elected Anthony J. Baratta of Illinois by acclamation to serve as national president, during its 53rd Biennial National Convention in Philadelphia, August 11-18, 2013.

Mr. Baratta was sworn in as OSIA's 34th National President on August 17. He is a retired sergeant with the Cook County Sheriff's Office and served as president of the Commission for Social Justice (CSJ) from 2007- 2009. He previously served OSIA as national first vice president for four years beginning in 2009.

Joining Mr. Baratta in his upcoming administration are the following officers, all serving a first term in their new positions:

The Rev. R. Adam Forno of New York will continue in his role as the organization's national chaplain.

Outgoing National President Joseph DiTrapani of New York was elected to lead the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF), OSIA's philanthropic branch. Established in 1959, the SIF has raised more than $125 million for educational scholarships, medical research, disaster relief, cultural preservation and other special projects.

Carlo Carlozzi, Jr. of Connecticut was chosen as president of the CSJ, OSIA's anti-defamation branch. The CSJ fights the stereotyping of Italian Americans by the U.S. entertainment, advertising, and media industries. It also collaborates with other groups to ensure that people of all races, religions and cultures are treated with dignity and respect.

In addition to electing the new leadership, about 200 OSIA national officers, trustees, state presidents, national delegates, and their guests were present to review OSIA's last two years of activities and set the organization's administrative, philanthropic and cultural agendas for 2013-2015.

Established in 1905, OSIA has hundreds of thousands of members and supporters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 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.