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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 31,2013 28th by Ivanha Paz PirandeUo board member Dorothy Main, Frank Privitera and President Rosario Cascio. I Migloiri winners: L-R: Salvatore Lupoli, Frank Zarba, Franco Vitiello, Tino D'Agostino, Marilyn Petitto Devaney, Frank Pasciuto and James DiStefano. The Pirandello Lyceum is an institution geared to- wards the appreciation and promotion of Italian culture and heritage, providing in- centives towards achieving excellence within the Ital- ian-American community. Every year they hold "I Migliori" awards given to those Americans of Italian descent that have been out- standing in their chosen field. As explained by the in- stitution "Nominees may serve in any area of busi- ness, education, the arts and sciences or public ser- vice. They should be men and women of the highest character whose contribu- tions to society have been clearly demonstrated." This year the banquet cer- emony took place on April 6th at the Hyatt Harborside Ho- tel, Logan Airport. Over 250 guests were present as seven remarkable Italian- Americans received their awards. James DiStefano, OSIA Massachusetts State President for the past four years, has introduced many new initiatives and pro- grams to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Salvatore Lupoli, a successful busi- ness entrepreneur, has built several businesses with over 800 employees, including Sal's Pizza and has raised over $250 million in capital throughout his career. Frank Pasciuto, former Chairman of the Board of the Don 0rione Society, cur- rently focuses on managing his properties that resulted from his investments in real estate over the years. Frank Zabra, a musician and vocal- ist, attended "The Boston Conservatory of Music" on a scholarship and performed the National Anthem at Fenway for the Red Sox. Tino D'Agostino, a musician and educator, obtained a bachelor's degree in perfor- mance Summa Cum Laude from Berklee, which he at- tended on a full scholarship. Marilyn Petitto Devaney, Governor's Councilor, is the first Italian-American woman to be elected Governor's Councilor in the State of Massachusetts. Last, but not least, Franco Vitello, who received the President's Award, is an ar- chitect graduated from Bos- ton Architectural Center, and is one of the architects who worked on the Boston Public Library. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Joseph Sciacca, editor of the Boston Herald and musical enter- tainment was provided by the talented duo of Frank Zarba and Ray Cavicchio. Vice Consul General of Italy Dr. Luigi Munno. Master of Ceremonies Joseph Sciacca, Boston Herald Editor. L-R: Maurizio Merolla, Dr. Tino Valdesolo, President Rosario Cascio and I Migliori recipient Frank Zarba. I Migliori recipient Frank Pasciuto with grandchildren. Judge Peter Agnes and Lino Rullo. L-R: Dr. Dean Saluti, Dr. Domenic Amara, President Rosario Cascio, Mrs. LamorticeUi and Sgt. Michael Lamorticelli. ~Photos by Dom Campochiaro, D&S Video, www.dsvideophoto.com)