SOURCE: Wilmington University

Wilmington University

SOURCE: Order of the Sons of Italy in America

Order of the Sons of Italy in America

March 31, 2016 10:17 ET

Wilmington Sons of Italy Prince of Piedmont Lodge to Honor Dr. Jack P. Varsalona at April 9 Centennial Gala

WILMINGTON, DE--(Marketwired - March 31, 2016) - The Order of the Sons of Italy (OSIA) Prince of Piedmont Lodge #475 of Wilmington will formally recognize Wilmington University President Dr. Jack Varsalona for his significant contributions to the Italian communities of Wilmington and Delaware at the lodge's 100th anniversary gala on Saturday, April 9.

The Centennial Celebration dinner will be held at the Chase Center on the Wilmington Riverfront beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a brief program. Music and dancing will round out the evening.

The community is invited to attend the lodge's Centennial Celebration. Ticket cost is $100 per person.

During the program, Piedmont Lodge President James Lemmon will present Varsalona with a check for $5,000 to help underwrite and further Italian studies at Wilmington University.

"I am honored to receive this recognition from the Piedmont Lodge," said Varsalona. "Because many students will benefit from their generosity, I accept it in the name of all Italians who have come to this country and this state to make a better life for themselves and for their children."

To purchase tickets, contact Jim Lemmon at (302) 379-3911.

About Wilmington University

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About OSIA Prince of Piedmont Lodge #475

A group of Italian immigrants gathered in Wilmington, Delaware, in February, 1916, to form a lodge that would be associated with the Order of the Sons of Italy of America (OSIA), a national fraternal organization. The result of that meeting was Prince of Piedmont Lodge #475, which soon become an integral part of Wilmington's Italian American community and Saint Anthony of Padua Church. To this day, the lodge remains a stabilizing force in Wilmington's Little Italy neighborhood. President James Lemmon attributes the lodge's longevity and success to "the hard work of our predecessors and the diligence of our current membership, which, including the Ladies Auxiliary, numbers over 800 strong."

Over the last 100 years, the lodge has made numerous contributions to many area organizations, including Delaware Special Olympics; St. Anthony Senior Center; Emanuel Dining Room for the Homeless; the Little Sisters of the Poor, the National Autism Foundation and the American Cancer Society. The lodge has also provided over $75,000 in school scholarships to Lodge member's families.

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Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    James Lemmon
    Prince of Piedmont
    Lodge #475
    (302) 379-3911

    Laurie Bick
    Public Relations
    Wilmington University
    (302) 295-1164