Thomas Lupo served as the General Dinner Chairperson for this event and lauded the accomplishments of the 2009 Golden Lion recipients …. Gregory B. Braca, President, Metro New York TD Bank; Peter R. Dottino, M.D., Director, Division of “Gynecologic Oncology, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Vincent Zuccarelli, Philanthropist and Promoter of Italian Culture.  A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Michael Capasso, General Director of the Dicapo Opera Theatre.


This was a very unique night for the New York Grand Lodge Foundation … a night to honor prominent Italian Americans and to laud their many civic and philanthropic endeavors.   We were especially delighted to have several performers from the Dicapo Opera Theatre sing the American and Italian National Anthems … along with performing for us during the evening with a brief concert of “song at its best”!
This success of this event is so essential to the fund raising efforts of the New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc.  It is this Golden Lion Awards Dinner that allows us to continue to fund so many worthwhile charitable organizations such as Alzheimer’s and the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation.  Our Foundation also makes every effort to assist in the preservation of our Italian heritage by funding cultural events and encourage the study of Italian language.
Sincere thanks to our National and State Officers, filial lodges and special dignitaries for supporting this event. Whether you purchased a journal ad … or attended the dinner, your support of this main fund raising event of the New York Grand Lodge Foundation is sincerely appreciated.
We look forward to next year’s event when we celebrate the 28th Anniversary of New York OSIA’s Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., Order Sons of Italy in America.