In 1997, one of our beloved brothers, Vince Bova, passed away after a long battle with cancer. To know Vince was to know a man who exemplified the spirit of Sons of Italy. He was committed to the club in a manner that was beyond compare.
He could always be found at social functions, volunteering his time and energy. He was a man who never asked for any credit, but he was always willing to lend a hand and share a smile.
In Vince's memory, we now present this annual award to a member who works diligently behind the scenes as a dedicated participant in the Sons of Italy.
Previous winners of this award meet in secret to chose the annual winner. The name of the winner is not known to lodge members or executive prior to the announcement, so it is always a true surprise to the year's winner.
At the 33rd Annual Sons of Italy Gala in March 2019, the highly coveted Vince Bova Memorial Award was presented to Tat-Liang Fabio Cheam.
Tat has been an active member in the Garibaldi Lodge for many years, has served as our lodge President, volunteered for years on our Gala and is a very active Past President. Congratulations to Tat for his energy, drive and passion!
Tat-Liang Fabio Cheam (left) was the recipient of the Vince Bova Award at the 33rd Annual Sons of Italy Gala.
The award is presented by (back) Dino Petrelli (President, Sons of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge) and Joseph Monachino
(President, National Order Sons of Italy).
2018 - Angelo Costantini
2015 - JUSTIN BOVA
2009 - Joe Bova