The Order Sons of Italy in America convention recently recognized distinguished members for their exemplary contributions to both their Italian-American heritage and their respective communities.

William Zuppa, or “Bill” as he is known to his Order Sons of Italy in America brothers and sisters, received the 2017 Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro Award for his commitment to the growth of OSDIA.

A charter member of the Joseph B. Franzalia Lodge 2422 for thirty-nine years, he was the founder of three OSDIA lodges, all located in Northwest Florida — Buona Fortuna Lodge No. 2835 in Pensacola (2006), William Zuppa Lodge No. 2845 in Panama City (2008), and Richard A. Capozzola Lodge No. 2865 in Crestview (2010).

Bill served 20 years in the United States Air Force (1953–1973), receiving numerous distinctions, including the Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.

The Sellaro Award is named after Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro, who founded the Order in 1905.