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October 22, 2013: SIF President Joseph DiTrapani and SIF CEO Philip R. Piccigallo present a contribution of $80,000 to Alzheimer's Association President Harry Johns at the Rita Hayworth Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

October 16, 2013: OSIA National Executive Director Philip R. Piccigallo attended a dinner honoring Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta at the home of Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero in Washington, DC. At the dinner, Prime Minister Letta said, positively, that the "economic and political crisis in Italy is over." They are focusing on growth and development policies and hope to engage the U.S. in various initiatives that advance this objective. Many prominent members of the Italian-American community were in attendance, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Ambassador to Italy John Philips.

February 15, 2013: OSIA National Executive Director Philip R. Piccigallo attended a farewell dinner honoring Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the home of Italian Ambassador to the US Claudio Bisogniero in Washington, DC. Many prominent members of the Italian-American community were in attendance, including Supreme Court Justice Scalia, Supreme Court Justice Alito and US Ambassador to Italy David Thorne. OSIA NED also spoke with former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell and Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne at the dinner; both to be honored at the SIF's 25th Anniversary NELA Gala in May.

February 3, 2013: The Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) held its 2013 Super Bowl Sweepstakes to raise money to give back to the community and support its many philanthropic causes. William “Bill” DiCicco of Virginia Beach, Va., won the random drawing for the grand prize of two tickets to Super Bowl XLVII this February in New Orleans, roundtrip airfare for two, a four-night stay in a four-star hotel and various Super Bowl amenities.

November 13, 2012: OSIA Past National President Frank DeSantis and OSIA Lodge #2259 Trustee Paul Licata met with Consul General of Italy Giuseppe Perrone and Italian Ambassador to the United States Claudio Bisogniero in Orange County, CA. During the inauguration of the newly relocated consulate offices in Century City, both the Consul General and Italian Ambassador honored OSIA’s efforts in preserving Italian Heritage and promoting Italian language studies.

September 28, 2012: OSIA National President Joseph DiTrapani attended a welcome reception in New York City for Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, as well as Italian Ambassador to U.S. Claudio Bisogniero. The event was hosted by Consul General of Italy Natalia Quintavalle at the Italian Embassy in New York; many prominent members of the Italian-American community were in attendance. With Italian American Heritage Month around the corner, both Terzi and Bisogniero spoke about Italian culture and heritage.

April 15, 2011: La Fondazione Il Cireneo Onlus in L'Aquila, Italy unveiled its new center for children with autism, replacing the building destroyed by the devastating earthquake in 2009. The rebuilding effort was made possible with the help of $235,000 donated by OSIA/SIF.


April 4, 2011: To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, a luncheon was held at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City with President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano and 150 guests from the Italian American community. In the top photo, President Napolitano, Chief of the Diplomatic Protocol of the Italian Republic Stefano Ronca, and OSIA National President Joseph DiTrapani greet each other. In the bottom photo, President Napolitano and OSIA National Past President (and current President/Chair of the Italian Heritage & Culture Committee — NY, Inc.) Joseph Sciame pose in front of a commemorative poster that was given to President Napolitano. (photo by Vito Catalano)

March 28, 2011: OSIA is deeply saddened by the death of the Hon. Geraldine Ferraro. Ms. Ferraro was an honoree at the Sons of Italy Foundation's 2007 NELA Gala, receiving the Lifetime Achievement for Public Service. This photo was taken at the event, which marked an historic gathering of five women trailblazers. Left to right: Madeleine Albright, the first woman secretary of state; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first "first lady" to serve in the Senate and run for president; Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for national office on a major party ticket; Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the first woman Speaker of the House; and Sen. Mary Landrieu the first woman from Louisiana elected to the Senate. (photo by Max Taylor)

February 16, 2011: Former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and Italian Consul General Francesco Maria Talo visited The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum (owned and operated by the Order Sons of Italy in America). The visit was one of many special events that will take place this year to mark the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. Pictured, from left: Francesco Maria Talo, Italian Consul General; Giuliano Amato, Former Italian Prime Minister; Joseph DiTrapani, National President of OSIA; Keith Wilson, President/CEO of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and Joseph Sciame, Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. The plaque above their heads, placed there in 1884, commemorates Italian General Giuseppe Garibaldi's stay in the house, which was the home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone.

January 4, 2011: President Obama signs The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) into law, marking one of the largest legislative victories ever for the Alzheimer cause. OSIA/ SIF lobbied to support this landmark legislation on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association, an OSIA national charity. In the fight against Alzheimer's disease, NAPA will ensure the coordination of all national efforts in Alzheimer research and care programs.

October 21, 2010: The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, owned and operated by the Order Sons of Italy in America, has installed a bas relief sculpture of Antonio Meucci that was gifted to the museum by the Italian National Committee of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities. The sculpture, made of Carrera marble, was created by Maico Torri, a student at the Istituto del Marmo di Carrara. It took first prize at the Art School of Tuscany Students Competition last year. The competition honored the 200th anniversary of the birth of Antonio Meucci who discovered the principal of the telephone in Florence in 1849.

October 1, 2010: West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III, the grandson of Italian immigrants, designates October as "Italian American Heritage and Culture Month." See Proclamation

September 9, 2010: OSIA/SIF leaders travelled to Italy to present $235,000 to Fondazione Il Cireneo Onlus per L'Autismo to rebuild a center for children with autism that was devastated by the April 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy. In addition to their time in L'Aquila, the OSIA leaders met with U.S. Embassy officials and with Italian Under Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office Gianni Letta at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. The delegation also toured two renowned Italian facilities: The Alberto Sordi Foundation, an organization dedicated to elevating the caliber of life for the elderly, and the Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, a teaching university and hospital whose advanced research technologies place it at the cutting edge of medical teaching and treatment. Read the Press Release to learn more. (Picture: SIF President Vincent Sarno (left) and OSIA National President Joseph DiTrapani present OSIA/SIF check for $235,000 to Germana Sorge, President of Fondazione Il Cireneo Onlus per L'Autismo at the Regional Council Building in L'Aquila).

July 29, 2010: Sons of Italy® announces partnership with the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. in its mission to promote awareness and improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.

June 19, 2010: OSIA lodges across the country celebrate the organization's 105th anniversary by holding the OSIA National Day of Recognition.

May 26, 2010: The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) presented President Bill Clinton with a lifetime achievement award for his career in public service during its 22nd annual National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) gala in Washington, D.C.

Mar. 25, 2010: The Sons of Italy® releases its 2010 Italian American Festival Directory. The new directory contains over 300 festivals across the country.

Jan. 1, 2010: Sons of Italy® launches campaign to help save the AP Italian course. OSIA is among numerous Italian American organizations pledging their support.

Oct. 30, 2009: OSIA officers met at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., with Ambassador Giulio Terzi (second from right) and Deputy Chief of Mission Sebastiano Cardi (far left) to discuss strengthening OSIA relations with Italy and ongoing L'Aquila earthquake relief. OSIA representatives from left to right: National Executive Director Philip R. Piccigallo, Sons of Italy Foundation® President Vincent Sarno, OSIA National President Joseph J. DiTrapani

Oct. 29, 2009: A delegation of OSIA national leaders joined Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel A. Alito at a tribute to the Italian prosecutor, Giovanni Falcone, who was murdered by a Sicilian crime syndicate in 1992. The seminar, entitled "The Impact of Italian Judge Giovanni Falcone on American Society," was held at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. It was organized and coordinated under the auspices of the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and its Attache for Justice Affairs Judge Giannicola Sinisi, in collaboration with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Federal Circuit Arthur J. Gajarsa. See the press release for more information.

Oct. 27, 2009: OSIA National Executive Director Philip R. Piccigallo (left) and OSIA National President Joseph J. DiTrapani (right) present $123,000 to Alzheimer's Association President & CEO Harry Johns during the association's annual Rita Hayworth Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The Alzheimer's Association is a Sons of Italy® national charity, supported every year by contributions raised through Sons of Italy® members, special events and other fund-raising campaigns. (Photo courtesy the Alzheimer's Association)

Oct. 8, 2009: The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) held a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of NYPD Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino, who was gunned down in Sicily as he worked to gather intelligence on extortionists preying on New York's Italian immigrants. The ceremony took place at the memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C., and was attended by OSIA officials. The Sons of Italy® contributed to the establishment of the memorial and is supporting the creation of the National Law Enforcement Museum on federal land adjacent to the memorial site. Pictured, from left: OSIA National Executive Director Philip R. Piccigallo, OSIA National Financial Secretary Frank J. Panessa, Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) President Vincent Sarno, OSIA National President Joseph J. DiTrapani, Director General of the Region of Sicily Robert Leonardi, OSIA National Third Vice President Daniel J. Longo, NLEOMF Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd, SIF President Emeritus Paul S. Polo, and OSIA National First Vice President Anthony J. Baratta. (Photo courtesy NLEOMF)