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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 14, 2013 THE RENAISSANCE LODGE, SONS OF ITALY by Dr. Dean Saluti, President, Renaissance Lodge Boston's Renaissance Lodge of the Sons of Italy cel- ebrated its 25u~ anniversary with a Black Tie Ball at Bos- ton University's beautiful Trustee Ballroom. This event was attended by Re- naissance Lodge members, State Sons of Italy Grand Lodge officers and officers from many Boston Italian organizations. During the cocktail hour there was an exhibit, pre- pared by Lodge Historian Carmine Cardillo, of photo- graph collages on easels that took us back through 25 years of outstanding Lodge events. National Sons of Italy Vice President Joe Russo, State President Jim DiStefano, and State Vice Presidents Carmelita Bello and Tony Sestito "installed" the 2013 Renaissance Lodge officers. The Installation ceremony took place in the late former Boston University President John Silber's office. It was a touching ceremony com- memorating 25 years of hard work by the Lodge's officers who have remained in their positions throughout the years. Prior to dinner, which was held in the Ballroom, the colors were brought forward by the Boston University ROTC Color Guard. Lodge Board member Brigadier General Bill Hurley accepted the colors, assisted by Chief Warrant Officer Ed Stedman from Boston's historic First Corps of Cadets. Lodge mere- ber Frank Zarba sang both the Italian and American National Anthems. His award-winning singing was spectacular. It should be noted that Frank was se- lected as the best Italian senior singer in a recent competition held in Italy. Lodge President Dr. Dean Saluti awarded the Balsamo Family Scholarship to Rebecca Garibaldi, daughter of Lodge member Dr. Domin- ick Garibaldi. The Balsamo family was represented by Lodge member Les Cavicchi, who was a long-time executive for Sal and Yvonne Balsamo's firm TAC Worldwide. The Jean Privitera Memo- rial Scholarship was awarded to Patrick Sullivan, grandson of long-time Lodge officer Barbara Summa. Philip Privitera, National Sons of Italy officer, his wife Toni Ann, and his children, Payton and Presley, gave the scholarship to Patrick. Bar- bara Summa received the 25th Anniversary Recogni- tion Award, the Roman Le- gionnaire Helmet, with her family at the podium. Philip Privitera and his family also received the 25th Anniversary Recognition Award, the Roman Legion- naire Helmet. Dr. Saluti's presentation of this award to Philip emphasized Philip's personal achievements throughout his life. One of the highlights of the evening was the 25th Anni- versary Roman Legionnaire Sword award given to Natalie Furnari, former State Deputy to the Renaissance Lodge and wife of late former State Sons of Italy President Angelo Furnari. Natalie re- ceived the sword with her daughter, State Trustee, Denise Furnari. Thelma Hawkins also re- ceived the Roman Legion- naire Sword, recognizing her as a founding member on the occasion of the Lodge's 25th anniversary. Then, the following Lodge families were recognized with 25th Anniversary Awards: The Roman Legionnaire Helmet was presented to Pamela Donnaruma, The Christoforo Family, The Car- dillo Family, The DiDomenico Family, The Silva Family, the Matlak Family and the McNamara Family. Lino and Enza Rullo received a special recognition award for their liaison efforts to link the Renaissance Lodge to many other Boston area Italian organizations. Finally, Lodge President Dr. Dean Saluti and First Lady, State Officer, Marjorie Cahn, received a beautiful Shreve, Crump & Low "Paul Revere bowl," presented to them by Marie D'Eramo, Annette Luongo and Colonel John Silva. Many thanks to all the Renaissance Lodge mem- bers for making this a memorable event and cel- ebrating 25 years of the "best Sons of Italy Lodge in America." (L-R): Carol Ann McNamara, Carol McNamara, Brian McNamara, Joe McNamara, Pat McNamara, Gail Duggan (Brian's sister) and Walter Duggan. National Sons of Italy Vice President Joe Russo, Thelma Hawkins and State Sons of Italy President Jim DiStefano. Dr. John and Loretta Christoforo. Lodge members Dr. Dean Saluti, Diane Modica (former Boston City Coun- cilor) and Dick DeVito (Vice President of Boston's pres- tigious Algonquin Club). Pamela Donnaruma and Louis Graffeo. The Rullo family, represented by Lino, Enza, Liz and Carmine RuUo. National Sons of Italy Vice President Joe Russo and State Sons of Italy President Jim DiStefano award Denise and Natalie Furnari the 25th Anniversary Roman Legionnaire sword. ~ i ! The Silva family represented by Colonel John Silva, Stephanie DeRosa, John's daughter Michelle and her husband Jeff and John Silva, III. Balsamo Family Scholarship recipi- ent Rebecca Garibaldi with her father, Lodge member Dr. Dominick Garibaldi and mother, Dr. Barbara Garibaldi. The DiDomenico family, represented by Sal and Marie DiDomenico and their son State Senator Sal DiDomenico. The Cardillo family, represented by Carmine and Marie Cardillo, Annette Luongo and Marie D'Eramo. Dr. Richard and Josephine Matlak. Brigadier General Bill Hurley, assisted by Chief Warrant Officer Ed Stedman. Patrick Sullivan (center), standing with his family (on the right), receives the Jean Privitera Memorial Schol- arship from Philip Privitera and his family (on the left). Lodge President Dr. Dean Saluti and First Lady, State Officer, Marjorie Cahn, receive a beautiful Shreve, Crump & Low "Paul Revere bowl" from Marie D'Eramo, Annette Luongo and Colonel John Silva, representing the Lodge.