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 32nd Annual Sons of Italy Gala in March 2018, the highly coveted Vince Bova Memorial Award was presented to Angelo Costantini.
Angelo has been an active member in the Garibaldi Lodge for many years, contributing his talents and energy at many events. Never in the limelight, Angelo is just working in the background. He is always helping at the Christmas Eve Feast and Rossbrook House and our annual Gala. Congratulations to Angelo for his energy, drive and passion!
Angelo Costantini (centre) was the recipient of the Vince Bova Award at the 32nd Annual Sons of Italy Gala.
The award is presented by (left) Tom De Nardi (President, Sons of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge) and Joseph Monachino
(President, National Order Sons of Italy).
2015 - JUSTIN BOVA
2009 - Joe Bova