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Sons of Italy® Launches Centennial Celebrations

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2004 ­ The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's oldest and largest organization for Italian American men and women, will launch its Centennial Celebration 2005 campaign during a kick-off reception in New York City, Wednesday, January 21st from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the National Academy of Design (1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street).

Among those present will be former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, OSIA officers past and present, as well as Italian American leaders in business, politics, academe and the arts.

During the reception, OSIA will present plans for its commemorative book, Our Living Heritage: Commemorating 100 Years of the Order Sons of Italy in America®. Mr. Cuomo and New York's current governor, George Pataki, are serving as its honorary co-editors.

Our Living Heritage will include a history of OSIA, milestones in its development, tributes to members whose contributions to American society are particularly noteworthy—and perhaps overlooked—and an album of historic photographs, according to Joseph Sciame, OSIA National President, who professionally is Vice-President for Community Relations at St. John's University in Jamaica, New York.

In addition to Gov. Pataki and Mr. Cuomo, the book will have a Board of Editors including judicial, academic and cultural leaders, who will contribute articles on the impact of Italian Americans.

OSIA was founded in 1905 in New York City's Little Italy to help the early Italian immigrants. Today, it is the nation's leading Italian American service and advocacy organization with 600,000 members and supporters, and a grass roots network of more than 700 lodges or chapters coast-to-coast.

Our Living Heritage will be published for OSIA by CINN Worldwide, Inc., based in Mt. Vernon, New York. CINN President and Publisher Stefano Acunto is an author and editor with a distinguished career in the publishing field. Assisting Mr. Acunto with Living Heritage is CINN Associate Publisher, Mary Ann Re, Ph.D.