Food, Folks, Fun. and Philanthropy

By Rollason, Kevin | Winnipeg Free Press, August 25, 2012 | Go to article overview

Food, Folks, Fun. and Philanthropy


Rollason, Kevin, Winnipeg Free Press


Winnipeg lodge of international order raises thousands for charitable causes

Italians love good food and fellowship, and a group of local Italians has been putting those loves together to serve up philanthropic efforts for several years.

The Order Sons of Italy's Garibaldi Lodge, the first lodge of the international order to be organized in Manitoba when it was created in 1984, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars through the years, thanks to the hard work of their 100 members.

President Justin Bova said most funds are raised through its annual gala dinner.

"Our main goal is philanthropic, which not only benefits the Italian community, but others," Bova said.

"But we're also a social club where we can play cards. Some of my best friends are members I've met through Sons of Italy. We can remember the old culture. It's still important to have a group like this.

"When you look at your last name, you should know what it means."

The Sons give to a who's who of charitable organizations, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Victoria General Hospital and St. Paul's High School bursary fund.

As well, the organization also gives to other organizations throughout the year, including Camp Quality Manitoba, Children's Wish Foundation and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

The Sons have also supported organizations in the local Italian community, including Holy Rosary Parish, Villa Cabrini and Centro Caboto.

Bova said there are a few restrictions to being a member: You have to be male, at least 18 years of age, and you have to be either Italian or married to an Italian. …

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