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OSIA Grand Lodge of Illinois & Wisconsin – 2014 da Vinci Awards Gala


The Grand Lodge of IL/WI, Order Sons of Italy in America hosted its 13th annual Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence Gala on May 4 at BeauJolie by Victoria in Schiller Park.

Chairman and Master of Ceremony Richard R. Della Croce welcomed the honorees and guests and introduced Grand Lodge President Marie Marsalli. A beautiful rendition of the American and Italian anthems was sung by Mr. Della Croce.

In presenting the awards to eight distinguished Italian American’s, Ms. 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 this prestigious da Vinci Award of Excellence was: Dolores the Florist (Business of Distinction); Reina Brothers (Business of Distinction); Angelo (Sam) Ciambrone (Community Leadership); Giuseppe Dentice (Community Leadership); Sam Purpero (Community Leadership); Charles Lofrano (Education); Michael J. Urgo, Jr. (Law); and Peter A. Santucci, D.D.S. (Medicine).

While enjoying the delicious buffet, DJ Giovanni provided the musical background.


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