The New York Grand Lodge Foundation honored three outstanding Italian Americans at this spectacular event.   We were proud and privileged to honor our own State President and President of the New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., Nancy DiFiore Quinn … along with Dr. Vincent D. Meliso, Podiatrist and Foot Surgeon and Philip J. Maddalena, President of the Columbia Association of US Customs & Affiliated Federal Agencies.

The Winter Charity Ball has become on of the highlights of OSIA’s calendar of events.  We have been fortunate to have wonderful honorees year after year … and this year was certainly no different.  The room was full to capacity with guests who were awed by the interesting program … the luscious food and the great music.  We really did have lots of fun while still managing to pull together a financially successful event.

We were honored to have so many visiting OSIA guests with us from the Grand Lodges of Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  And … to our delight, our National President Alfred Affinito traveled from California to New York to be with us on this incredible evening.

Our special surprise for the event was the arrival of Michael Amante … one of the most popular American tenors in the country!  Michael graciously opened our official program by singing both the Italian and American anthems … and then entertained us during the evening with a few of his favorite songs.  We certainly enjoyed having both Michael and his wife Seema spend the evening with us.
We must take this opportunity to thank Charity Ball Chairperson Annette Lankewish 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!

In expressing appreciation to the guests that evening, Foundation President Nancy DiFiore Quinn stated “This evening would not have been possible without your generosity.  Any benevolent organization is only as good as its revenue allows it to be.  It will continue to be sustained and built on by the vision and generosity of our honorees and many friends who continue to support this Charity Ball year after year.”
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.  We look forward to celebrating with you again next year at our seventeenth annual event!