Belmont, MA – April 16, 2015 – The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, part of the national Order Sons of Italy in America, is honoring several leaders in the Italian-American community, as well as giving out $30,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors at a combined event, the Massachusetts Education and Law Awards, on Sunday, May 3, 2015. This is a continuation of a 31-year tradition of the Grand Lodge’s commitment to social justice, previously known as the Law and Justice Awards, which has honored leaders like Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. Similarly, the scholarship program has annually awarded at least $30,000 to high school seniors for 60 years.
This year, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts will award scholarships to 31 deserving students, who are continuing their education in subjects like engineering, biology, medicine, education, and the arts. Each of these students is at the top of their classes, and is immersed in extracurricular activities and volunteer work.
The event will also honor three outstanding public servants. The Honorable Robert B. Calagione, of the Westborough and Milford District Courts, will receive the Justice Award, Woburn Police Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr. will receive the Law Award, and The Honorable Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, will receive the Public Service Award. Each of these public servants has dedicated years to the betterment of the people of Massachusetts.
“Our hope is to connect these exemplary and accomplished professionals at the height of their careers to the promising students that are just beginning their journey into adulthood,” noted the State President of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Carmelita Bello.
The Toastmaster for the event is Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, who is a member of the Worcester Lodge # 168. Lieutenant Governor Polito was the Public Service Award recipient at the 2011 Law and Justice Awards.
Tickets for the Massachusetts Education and Law Awards are available by contacting the Grand Lodge office at 617-489-5234, or by visiting www.osiama.org.
The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts is one of the many state chapters of the national Order Sons of Italy in America, which is the oldest, largest, and most geographically represented organization of Italian-Americans in the country. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was chartered in 1914 and encompasses Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
The purpose of our organization is to promote and preserve Italian heritage, raise funds for charitable endeavors, engage in local community efforts and events, and participate in social justice efforts, such as combating discrimination in the Italian-America community.
For more information, visit www.osiama.org