Please stay tuned friends…news about our June 22nd 5th Annual Fundraiser, our journey to Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and our visit to Open Hearts Camp in the Berkshires, Massachusetts…all coming soon !!!
David Louis Cunha Foundation 5th Annual Fundraiser !
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019.
Smithfield Elks Lodge, 326 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI.
Barbecue Dinner / Plus food throughout the evening !
Doors Open at 4:00 PM .
Live Musical Entertainment by -
Smithfield’s Own Lainey Dionne 4:30PM and RugBurn 8:00 PM to Midnight.
Fantastic Live & Silent Auctions
and Many Great Raffles !!
Tickets $ 30.00 Per Person.
Contact: Cheryl & Peter Cunha (401) 419-2100 / email@example.com
DAVID LOUIS CUNHA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP 2019
This scholarship was created in the loving memory and honor of David Louis Cunha, a 2012 graduate of Smithfield High School, and will be awarded to students who have excelled in community service.
David Cunha was born on January 1, 1994. Though David lived with a congenital heart defect, he was vibrant, courageous and FULL OF LIFE. With his infectious smile and wonderfully outgoing personality, he was a friend to all. David was and continues to be a true inspiration to all who knew him.
David was a 2012 graduate of Smithfield High School and a member of The National Honor Society. He was a junior at Rhode Island College majoring in Mass Media Communications. David worked for the Rhode Island State Senate for six years and dedicated much of his free time to numerous non-profit organizations and community service. David had a warm and giving heart and a strong and admirable character. He had countless friends and family who loved him dearly and continue to do so now even more. David passed unexpectedly in January, 2015. The David Louis Cunha Foundation was created in David’s loving memory and honor and to continue his commitment to helping others less fortunate than he. Helping children was a cause close to David’s heart.
The David Louis Cunha Foundation will award scholarships to selected applicants who meet the following criteria:
- Be a graduating Smithfield High School senior accepted for the 2019-2020 school year to an accredited university, college, junior college, technical school, or other educational institute.
- Exemplifies David’s compassion and commitment to helping others through community service, good citizenship, and respect.
Each applicant must submit a list of present and past community service activities, along with a short essay. For the essay, please choose one or two of your activities and address how others benefited from your involvement, and how these experiences contributed to your personal growth.
Applications must be postmarked or submitted no later than Friday, March 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee appointed by the Foundation. Scholarships will be announced at Smithfield High School Honors Night. Scholarships will be dispersed to recipients upon enrollment verification.
Please complete the following and return it along with your typed activity sheet and essay to the mailing address given below. Please remember applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 15, 2019.
Submit online, or Print and mail to: David Louis Cunha Foundation Scholarship c/o Mr. & Mrs. Peter Cunha 563 Log Road Smithfield, RI 02917
Directions: Your essay will be graded based on this rubric. Consequently, use this rubric as a guide when writing your essay and check it again before you submit your essay.
Since its inception in 2015, the David Louis Cunha Foundation has been privileged to provide over $ 38,500.00 in donations to Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts children in need. In 2018, David's Foundation was able to proudly donate $ 15,050.00 to these children. And all we do is made possible by YOU.
Thanks to your kind generosity and most valued support, David’s Foundation was able to accomplish the following in 2018:
On January 1st, to commemorate David’s 24th birthday, the David Louis Cunha Foundation donated an additional $ 1,750.00 to the Edward Madden Open Hearts Camp to purchase a much-needed new AED (Automated External Defibrillator) along with three sets of adult & child pads, and backup batteries. An AED is used to react to and treat sudden cardiac arrest. This AED is crucial to the operation of the camp and the well being of the campers.
- February – Monster Tough 4 Davis Fundraiser. A donation of $ 500.00 was given to the Monster Tough 4 Davis Fundraiser in Warwick. The fundraiser was for Davis McLarnon, a three-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Funds went towards medical bills for the family.
- May - Scholarships to Smithfield High School. Two $1,000.00 scholarships were awarded to two graduating seniors who excelled more than any of their classmates in community service.
- July - A Wish Come True / Warwick, RI. A donation of $ 3,000.00 was given to sponsor a young boy’s wish for him and his family to visit Disney World. Davis is a four year who has been battling a form of brain cancer for quite some time now. But he was well enough to visit Disney and stay at Give Kids The World Village, the same place David, Cheryl & Peter stayed twenty years ago.
- July – Open Hearts Camp. A donation of $ 2,000.00 was given to Open Hearts Camp to sponsor eight for a two-week stay. This camp hosts cardiac children who have undergone open-heart surgeries, many of who have received heart transplants.
- August – Children’s Wishes / Warwick, RI. A donation of $ 2,000.00 was given to help sponsor a young girl’s wish for her and her Mom & Dad to visit Disney World in Florida. Four year old Violet was born with cancer, Infantile Fibrosarcoma.
And this past Christmas season, David's Foundation was most pleased to have been able to donate $ 3,800.00 to the following groups & agencies who specifically help children…children who do not experience the joys of Christmas that most do…children with no homes or who are away from their homes for good reason…children who are in great need of some Christmas kindness.
Adoption Rhode Island
Banner Of Love
Christmas Is For Kids
Layla’s Dream Toy Drive
Saint Michael’s Parish Outreach
Smithfield Rotary Club
The David Louis Cunha Foundation once again wishes to heartfully and most sincerely thank you for your caring, kindness and support...support in so many ways. We welcome 2019 as another year we are blessed to be able to reach out and help children. As always, if you should know of a family or children’s agency or group who you believe David’s Foundation could help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We ALL make a wonderful team. And all we do, is always in the LOVING MEMORY AND HONOR OF OUR DAVID.
The 4th Annual David Louis Cunha Foundation Fundraiser was a HUGE SUCCESS !
After all expenses were paid, the event raised over $ 33,000.00 !!
A MOST SINCERE AND HEARTFELT THANK YOU to all of you for your support. We have so much planned for this Christmas season and 2019 promises to be an exceptional year for David’s Foundation. We will be able to reach out to and aid more children in need than ever before. And all that David’s Foundation will accomplish, and has accomplished these past four years, is due to your caring and your continued support. Thank you all once again so very much, and look for more good news to come.
The David Louis Cunha Foundation would like to express our sincere gratitude to the following for their support of our 4th Annual Fundraiser.
Ann Sabbagh & Seacoast Mortgage Corporation
Anthony DiPaola & FGX International
Todd & Susan Harris
Jeffrey & Lisa Popper
William & Maryann Tsonos
Jim & Maggie Busam
Mark & Peggy Plociak
Mark & Denise Meiklejohn
Wendy Gongoleski – Birthday Fundraiser
Peter & Mary Jane Theroux
Marie Puleo Flaherty & RE/MAX 1st Choice
Smithfield Elks Lodge #2359
Hydro Air Hughes
Fred & Jean Uttley & Ann Marie Bobola (In loving memory of Mrs. Anna E. Clinton)
Flood Ford of East Greenwich
Local Union 226 LIUNA
Pawtucket Credit Union
Our Live Auction Winners:
Tracy & Ed Pendergraft
Our Silent Auction Winners:
Dan & Pam Greene
Erin & Jorge DeMelo
Our Fundraiser Committee:
Some Very Special People For Their Most Valued Help –
Mary Mullen & Odds ’N Ends Marketing
Donna & Peter Perry
Bryan Sawyer & The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer
Erin DeMelo & Sugar Mama’s Sweet & Treats
Adam Mercer & Tapped Apple Winery
The Original Italian Bakery
Michael Cerio & Cerio Communications
John Tassoni & The Smithfield Times
Our Volunteers For The Event:
From The Elks Lodge:
Maureen & Dave Tessier
The Following Special People & Businesses For Their Contributions To Our Live and Silent Auctions:
Mark Mercurio & Go East Promotions
Peter & Karen Aiello
Marianne Lund & Berkshire By The Sea Resort
Steven Ricciardi & Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
Cavanaugh Construction / David & Deneene Boucher
Alan Hochman & Alan Hochman Tours Inc.
Providence Biltmore Rhode Island
Debbie Richard & A Wish Come True
Bekah Berger / Cumulus Media
Crystal Lake Golf Club
Diamond Hills Vineyard
Donna & Peter Perry
Laurel Lane Country Club
Marie & Tom Flaherty
New York Yankees
Providence Performing Arts Center
Rhode Island Philharmonic
Trinity Repertory Theater
Zach Silva & '47 Brand
Thank You to you all...our friends and family. May God Bless you for your kindness and caring.
“All we do is always in loving memory and honor of David”
Congratulations to Hannah Dauray and Lily Caswell – 2018 recipients of the David Louis Cunha Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to Smithfield High School graduating seniors who have excelled in community service and embody a generous heart, as did David. Winners are chosen by a panel of some of David’s former teachers from the high school and middle school. This year there were thirty two applicants. Hannah and Lily both received $1,000.00 to put towards their first year of college. Thank you again to all of our wonderful supporters…and a special Thank You to Nick Patrie for his service in representing David’s Foundation. All we accomplish is always in the loving memory and honor of David.
On February 22nd, 2018, the David Louis Cunha Foundation had the honor of donating $ 500.00 to the Monster Tough 4 Davis Fundraiser held at Saint Timothy’s parish in Warwick. The fundraiser was for Davis McLarnon, a three year old boy who was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. To make matters worse, the tumor was metastatic and cells were found in Davis’s spinal fluid. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Davis and his family. We have been told that he is a very strong and resilient child. Like most children seem to be when faced with a severe illness, Davis is a real fighter! As you can see, the fundraiser was a huge success. Money raised will go towards medical bills and daily living, since Davis’s Mom has not been able to work spending all of her time with him at the hospital as he goes through his treatments.
Thank you all for your wonderful support of David’s Foundation. If you should know of a family or group that you believe David’s Foundation could assist, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
2017 Was A Very Successful Year!
The David Louis Cunha Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established on January 13, 2015, upon the sudden passing of David Cunha. The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to families with children living with life threatening medical conditions. David’s Foundation also reaches out to children in general who are in need of some compassion and assistance in their daily lives and to local groups and agencies that are committed to help those children. Lastly, the Foundation awards scholarships to Smithfield High School graduating seniors who have excelled in community service and embody a generous heart, as did David.
Since its inception, the David Louis Cunha Foundation has provided over $ 24,500.00 in donations/grants and scholarships to deserving Rhode Island and near-by Massachusetts children.
In February of this year, David’s Foundation had the honor of donating $ 500.00 to the Monster Tough 4 Davis Fundraiser held at Saint Timothy’s parish in Warwick. The fundraiser was for Davis McLarnon, a three year old boy who was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Funds will go toward medical bills for the family.
For the remaining of this year, we will proudly donate an additional $ 14,000.00 to children in need.
But for now, if you would, please review what David’s Foundation has been able to do so far with the wonderful support of our community, friends and family.
In 2017, thanks to the generosity and steadfast support of our community and so many friends and family, David’s Foundation donated a total of $ 14,100.00 and was able to accomplish the following:
- May 2017 - Scholarships to Smithfield High School. Two $1,000.00 scholarships were awarded to two seniors who excelled in community service. ($2,000.00)
- July 2017 – Edward Madden Open Hearts Camp. A donation of $ 2,500.00 was made to Open Hearts Camp to sponsor ten children for a two week stay. This camp hosts cardiac children who have undergone open-heart surgeries, many of who have received heart transplants.
- August 2017 – A Wish Come True / Warwick, RI. A donation of $ 5,000.00 was made to sponsor a young boy’s wish for him and his family to vacation on Block Island for one week. As David was, Domenic is a cardiac child, and both he and his sister have had to battle serious health conditions all of their lives and continue to do so.
Also, during the 2017 Christmas season, David’s Foundation was able to donate a total of $ 2,850.00 to the following local agencies to specifically help children…children who do not experience the joys of Christmas that most do…children with no homes or who are away from their homes for good reason…children who were in great need of some Christmas kindness:
- Adoption Rhode Island
- Devereux-Tanner Hill Houses (Woonsocket & Pascoag)
- Christmas Is For Kids
- Smithfield Rotary Club
- Friends Way (Warwick)
We are also most pleased to announce that on January 1st, 2018, to commemorate David’s 24th birthday, the David Louis Cunha Foundation donated an additional $ 1,750.00 to the Edward Madden Open Hearts Camp to purchase a much-needed new AED (Automated External Defibrillator) along with three sets of adult & child pads, and backup batteries. An AED is used to react to and treat sudden cardiac arrest. This AED is crucial to the operation of the camp and the well being of the campers.
David Louis Cunha Foundation /2016 Donations:
- March 2016 - Donation to A Wish Come True / Warwick, RI. Bella, a four year old girl with leukemia and her family granted a wish to go to Disney World ($4,000.00).
- May 2016 – Donation to Boston Children’s Pace Maker Camp. Five children from Rhode Island with pace makers granted a 3 day / 2 night stay at the camp ($2,240.00).
- May 2016 – Scholarships to Smithfield High School. Two $1,000.00 scholarships awarded to two students who have excelled in community service ($2,000.00).
Christmas Season 2016, the David Louis Cunha Foundation was able to donate over $ 2,000.00 to the following local agencies to specifically help children.
- Adoption Rhode Island
- Friends Way
- Tanner Hill House
- Aids Care Ocean State
- Crossroads Rhode Island Domestic Violence Program
- David’s Foundation also supported the Miracles for Maddox fundraiser held on December 10th.
- Ann Sabbagh and Seacoast Mortgage
- Bank RI
- William Tsonos
- Mark Meiklejohn
- Mark Mercurio & Go East Promotions
- Anthony DiPaola & Foster Grant International
- Local 226
- La Familia
- Alan Hochman Tours
- Marie Puleo Flaherty & Remax
- Mary Ann Crudale & Remax
- Karen & Peter Aiello
- Robert & Donna Ricci
- Mary Jane Theroux
- Lisa & Jeffrey Popper
- Jean & Fred Uttley
- Mark & Peggy Plociak
- Jill Patrie
- Brenda Pinga
- Lisa Tommasiello
- Wendy Gongoleski
- Marisa Ricciardi
- Denise Langevin
- Lynn Paton
- Sandra Pacheco
- Paul Gagne
- Sandra DeSousa
- Carole Stiles
- Keith Stiles
- Rick Natale
- Dave Tessier
- Roger Allen
David Louis Cunha Foundation Christmas Gifting
Friends of the David Louis Cunha Foundation,
Part of David’s Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to families with children living with life threatening medical conditions. But David’s Foundation also reaches out to children in general who are in need of some compassion and assistance in their daily lives and to local groups and agencies who are committed to help those children.
As we have entered the last two months of the year with the holidays not being too far off, David’s Foundation appeals to you for your assistance. If you should know of a family or group/agency that you believe the David Louis Cunha Foundation could assist, please let us know.
We will gladly consider any suggestion. We are greatly indebted to all of our wonderful family and friends who have supported us for these last three years and we are always very conscious in how and who we donate our funds to. That being said, any suggested family or group/agency will be carefully reviewed for consideration.
Thank you all so very much for your continued support…and please help David’s Foundation successfully continue its mission.
Please use the form below to provide us the contact information we need to start this Christmas Giving process. ALL information submitted will be kept proprietary to the DLC Foundation and NO recipients will be contacted without prior consent from you.
We would like to distribute to every recipient we receive... but, could use your help. If you or your company would like to make a year end donation to our Holiday Gifting Program, please visit our "Donations" page.
Many companies have a "matching gift" program which would double your contribution! The David Louis Cunha Foundation is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax-deductible.
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