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SIF Awards Nearly $100K In Grants

Sons of Italy Foundation® Awards Nearly $100,000 in Grants to Medical Research and Cultural Projects

Contact: Mark Dalessandro 202-547-8115

Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 1999 - The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), one of the nation's premier philanthropic institutions, awarded nearly $100,000 in grants for medical research and cultural promotion projects at its meeting in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 13, 1998.

"These latest grants are in keeping with the Sons of Italy Foundation®'s nearly 40 years of service to the Italian-American community and to those in need," SIF Chairman Frank J. De Santis said. "We are privileged as an organization to be able to provide this support to such worthy causes."

The largest grant of $50,000 was awarded to the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, of Yonkers, N.Y. The CAF is a national organization that provides medical research funding into the causes and treatment of Cooley's Anemia and to patient support services for individuals suffering from this fatal genetic blood disorder that affects persons of Mediterranean heritage. The grant represents monies raised by members of the foundation's parent organization, the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA).

The SIF granted $25,000 for the purchase of an original 16th century fresco, by Bernadino Poccetti, to enhance the interior of the Villa Taverna, the official residence of the U.S. ambassador to Italy, in Rome. The SIF also supported the restoration of the residence in 1991 with a grant of $15,000.

The SIF's board of trustees also approved grants of $7,500 each to Bard College, the Don Orione Home, and the CES Foundation, bring the total of grants awarded to $97,500.

The grant to Bard College will provide for 50 percent of the costs of a lecture and concert series in Italian studies. Bard is a four-year college that provides a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis in the arts for about 1,000 students, in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

The grant to the Don Orione Home, in East Boston, Mass., will support a $2,000,000 improvement project to the home and the adjacent Madonna Queen National Shrine. The home and shrine have received past support from the SIF and OSIA.

The CES Foundation, in Jackson Hole, Wyo., will use the SIF grant to offset the costs of its major fund-raising event in 1999, the Connie Stevens' Celebrity Extravaganza. The CES Foundation provides vocational, residential, educational, and recreational services and support to children and adults, in the Rocky Mountain region, who suffer from a developmental disability or a brain injury. The event is expected to net about $100,000 in support of these programs.

Established by the OSIA in 1959, the SIF provides programming and financial support in the areas of cultural preservation, education, medical research, and natural disaster relief efforts. Since its founding, the SIF and OSIA, together, have provided more than $50 million of support in these areas to many organizations, including the Alzheimer's Association, the American Red Cross, The Children's Inn at NIH, the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, the March of Dimes, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, and the University of California, Long Beach.