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Sons of Italy® Gives Away Riverboat Cruise Tickets

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 23, 2006 The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage, has chosen the winner of its nation-wide Rediscover Your Italian Heritage membership campaign cruise drawing.

The names of the first 200 National At-Large members to join between December 5 and January 20 were entered in a drawing to win a European Riverboat Cruise for two.

The winner is Kraig Severino of Brooklyn, New York. As part of the OSIA online community for two years, Kraig says, "I decided I would make the next step in connecting with my heritage by becoming an OSIA National At-Large member. I am pleased with resources that OSIA has for me as a member."

OSIA has a grassroots network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. People of all ages who cannot attend meetings or do not live near a lodge can still join OSIA as a National At-Large member. National At-Large members receive all OSIA member benefits, but do not vote or hold office.

All members enjoy a free subscription to Italian America® Magazine, access to the OSIA "members only" web site, and the discounts and services in the OSIA Benefit Package.

OSIA is the largest and oldest national organization in the U.S. for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. It has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 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.