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OSIA state lodge honors local luminaries

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Fifteen worthy Italian American’s were honored with a da Vinci Award of Excellence at the 14th Annual Gala on May 3 at BeauJolie by Victoria in Schiller Park. The event is hosted annually by the Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin, Order Sons of Italy in America.

Chairman and Master of Ceremony Richard R. Della Croce welcomed the honorees and guests and introduced Grand Lodge President Marie Marsalli. Beautiful renditions of the American and Italian national anthems was sung by Della Croce.

In the spirit of da Vinci, the order recognized the outstanding accomplishments of honorees in their various paths and fields of life’s pursuit.

In presenting, President Marsalli stated, “Our recipients walk among giants in their chosen profession. They lead by example and truly embrace their Italian heritage — we wish them continued success in their endeavors.”

Receiving the awards were the Lo Duca Brothers Inc., Michael A. Rizzo Insurance Agency and Giuffre Brothers Cranes Inc. (Business of Distinction); Stan J. Mill and Sebastian Busalacchi (Community Leadership); Paul Loparco (Education); De Marinis Pizza (Entrepreneurship); the Hon. Michael Fricilone and the Hon. Sam S. Pulia (Government); The Hon. Luciano Panici (Jurisprudence); and Drs. Victor G. Cimino, Mary C. Boyle, John M. Santaniello, Louis B. Scannicchio and Piero Antuono (Medicine).

Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet luncheon featuring many Italian dishes prepared by the BeauJolie chefs. Homemade Italian biscotti and fresh fruit were served for dessert. Entertainment was provided by DJ Giovanni.

(Photos by Tim Townsend)

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