21st Anniversary Winter Charity Ball 

The New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., Order Sons of Italy in America was proud and privileged to honor the following outstanding individuals at the 2014 Winter Charity Ball … our own National OSIA President Anthony Baratta; Antoinette Biordi of News 12 Long Island; Joseph, Pat and John Iavarone (The Iavarone Brothers) and Cpl. Manuel Ocia Jimenez, USMC from the Hope for the Warriors Foundation.
The Winter Charity Ball has become one of OSIA’s premier events.  This year’s honorees were wonderful and we have added each of their names to our long list of past Charity Ball honorees. The room was filled with over 250 guests who enjoyed a heartwarming program, delicious food and great music.  We really did have lots of fun while putting together a financially successful event.
During the evening, a donation of $2,500 was presented to the Hope for the Warriors Foundation by our Foundation President Joseph Rondinelli.  Also, a donation of $95,000 was presented by National OSIA President Anthony J. Baratta and SIF Foundation President Joseph DiTrapani to Anthony Viola, National Executive Director of the CAF and Gina Cioffi, Esq., National Executive Director.  This large donation was the result of various fund raising activities from OSIA lodges all over the country during a two year period.  In addition, a donation of $2,500 was also made to the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation to sponsor a patient and their family to attend the upcoming 2014 Annual Patient-Family Conference in Philadelphia.
We must take this opportunity to thank Charity Ball Chairlady First Lady Joan Rondinelli and Co-Chairs Annette Lankewish and Madeline Matteucci … along with the entire Winter Charity Ball and Journal committee.  The commemorative journal was spectacular and the entire affair will “long be remembered” as one of the best!
The objective of the NYSOSIA Winter Charity Ball is to help provide funds for various charitable endeavors.  Support of this annual event enables the Foundation to continue its philanthropic mission in supporting charitable causes as in past years.
Many thanks again to our honorees and for everyone who attended this event.  Each of you helped to make this an unforgettable and elegant occasion.
By Nancy DiFiore Quinn