Order Sons of Italy in American Honors Five at Leadership Gala

Employed as chief financial officer of New Haven Terminal, Michael “Mike” Vasaturo handles the firm’s finances and operations. Away from work, Michael Vasaturo belongs to the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA).

Founded in 1905, OSIA is a national service and advocacy organization representing about 26 million Americans of Italian heritage. It strives to promote the culture, language, traditions, and ancestor legacy of Italian Americans. OSIA is the largest and oldest national organization of its kind in the United States.

On May 21, 2015, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, the Sons of Italy Foundation, OSIA’s philanthropic arm, hosted the 27th annual National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) gala. The gala honors both prominent Italian American scholars and other well-known Italian Americans who have made significant contributions to their communities and/or professions. Actor Joe Mantegna served as master of ceremonies for the 2015 event.

Five individuals received special recognition:
1) Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff for the U.S. Army, was presented with a National Education & Leadership Award.
2) Alfred Grasso, president and CEO of the MITRE Corporation, received the Humanitarian Award.
3) Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was given the Special Recognition Award for Science & Medicine.
4) Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service.
5) Geno Auriemma, head coach for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, accepted the Special Award for Excellence in Sports Leadership.