A heartfelt Thank You to our dear friend, Gabriella Caprio…for her reminder that for all of us who are Amazon customers, we can sign in through AmazonSmile and select David’s Foundation as our favorite charitable organization. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to David’s Foundation. Thank you all so much for your continued support !
Congratulations to Jessica Nicholson, Hannah Hardy, & Sean Martin– 2020 recipients of David Louis Cunha Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to Smithfield High School graduating seniors who have excelled in community service and embody the generous heart and character that defined David. Winners are chosen by a panel of some of David’s former teachers from the high school and middle school. Jessica, Hannah, & Sean each received $1,000.00 to put towards their first year of college. Congratulations once again.
And we would like to take this opportunity to recognize and offer our heartfelt thanks to our dear friend Luigia Solda, Librarian & Media Specialist at Smithfield High School. Luigia was a teacher & good friend of David’s throughout his four years at Smithfield High, and was so very instrumental in the creation of the David Louis Cunha Foundation Scholarship. Each year Luigia sees the scholarship process through from the very beginning to the very end. A lot of time & work ! Thank you, Luigia….for your caring, kindness, and friendship. And as always, THANK YOU ALL for your wonderful support.
For the past five years, the Spring has represented a time of year when David’s Foundation would normally be in full swing preparing for its annual fundraiser held in June. This Spring, however, has brought experiences and concerns that none of us could ever have imagined. Not only are our families, friends and entire communities facing the unprecedented health crisis of COVID19, too many are struggling with financial challenges and unemployment. It is, sadly, a time of worry and great hardship for some.
It takes no less than four months of work to host that special Summer fundraiser. Yet when the day comes to end, we realize how every minute of that time was so incredibly worthwhile. We also see how truly blessed we are to have the family, friends, and supporters in our lives that we do.
After much thought and consideration regarding the current health crisis, the rising unemployment rates, and the daily life struggles during this pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel David’s Foundation’s fundraiser this year. This decision was not made easily, but we have no doubt it is the right one for this time.
Although we will not gather together this Summer, please know that David’s Foundation remains true to its mission to continue reaching children and families in need. We are only able to do this because of you and your most generous support over the years. Our focus to serve children with terminal and life threatening medical conditions continues; however, because there are so many families with young children struggling on many levels during this pandemic, David’s Foundation will widen its scope to help where we can. If you know of a family in need who you believe David’s Foundation could assist, please contact us. This growth of services to help all children in need is part of the evolution of David’s Foundation.
We sincerely thank you for your kindness, caring, and wonderful support over the years. And, if you are in a position to kindly make a gift this year, we are still most appreciatively accepting contributions to fund our outreach to children. We hope and pray that, with God’s help, 2021 will be a better year for all of us. Take care, stay safe, and be well. We look forward to seeing you at our next fundraiser!
Most Sincerely & With Our Heartfelt Gratitude Always,
Peter & Cheryl Cunha
David Louis Cunha Foundation
Please Contact Us – David Louis Cunha Foundation / 563 Log Road, Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917
Cheryl Cunha (401) 419-2100 / Peter Cunha firstname.lastname@example.org / davidlouiscunhafoundation.org
On Friday, March 20th, David’s Foundation, through A Wish Come True in Warwick, had the true pleasure of donating $ 5,000.00 to sponsor a young boy’s wish for him and his Mom & Dad to visit Disney World in Florida. William is five years old and has been battling a rare brain disorder known as arteriovenous malformation since birth. This condition is life threatening for sure, but thankfully, Will was well enough to make his trip in February ! Will and his Mom & Dad stayed at Give Kids The World Village in Florida, the same place David stayed twenty two years ago. Give Kids The World Village is a non-profit resort that provides a weeklong vacation to children with critical illnesses and their families. Will had a fantastic time at Disney !! …going on all the rides he was able to and meeting all the characters….including his favorite, Buzz Lightyear !! Thanks to your kindness and support, Will was able to experience this once in a lifetime dream. We are sure that Will and his Mom & Dad will always treasure their Disney memories. Thank you all so very much for making Will’s adventure possible !! All that David’s Foundation is able to accomplish is THANKS TO YOU !! Please sat tuned for more great news coming !!
In February, Mrs. Tracy Pendergraft, Ms. Jessica Rhodes, Mr. Dustin Rhodes & Mr. Donald Rhodes generously donated $ 700.00 to the David Louis Cunha Foundation in loving memory and honor of their Mom, Mrs. Ann Marie Rhodes. The donation was made in Mrs. Rhodes’ spirit of compassion for others. It took a special woman to raise such wonderful children. David’s Foundation heartfully and most sincerely thanks Tracy, Jessica, Dustin, & Donald for their kindness & caring.
On Tuesday, February 4th, the David Louis Cunha Foundation received a Certificate of Commendation from the Smithfield Town Council for David’s Foundation’s charitable work in the community and beyond. David’s Foundation is the first recipient of this Smithfield Samaritans Citation.
We wish to sincerely thank The Smithfield Town Council for this honor and recognition. It is so vital for us to spread the word about David’s Foundation. One of our most important goals is to have the name of the David Louis Cunha Foundation synonymous with helping children. We also wish to heartfully thank our dear friend Joyce Bouchard for her nomination and support. And finally, we wish to thank all of you, our wonderful friends and family who have supported David’s Foundation from the very beginning. As we stated at the presentation, it is YOU, David’s Foundation’s supporters, who make everything we accomplish possible. Thank you all so much.
As we begin a new year, if you should know or learn of a family in need, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you.
Since its inception in 2015, the David Louis Cunha Foundation has been privileged to provide over $ 65,800.00 in donations to Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts children in need. In 2019, we were able to proudly donate $ 22,140.00 to these children. With your generous support, we look forward to accomplishing even more in 2020. Please stay tuned ! And THANK YOU all so very much !!
We are most pleased to announce that this Christmas season, because of your wonderful generosity, David’s Foundation was able to donate $ 3,340.00 to the following groups & agencies who specifically help children…children who do not experience the joys and happiness of Christmas that most children do…children who are in great need of some Christmas kindness.
Build The Banner Of Love
Christmas Is For Kids
Saint Michael’s Parish Outreach
Smithfield Rotary Club
On Tuesday, December 10th, David’s Foundation had the true pleasure of donating $ 4,000.00 to a young man whose only wish was to have a pool that he and his family could all enjoy together. Ethan is four year boy with a congenital heart defect that is very similar to what David was born with. Ethan was born with a single ventricle, and has gone through multiple open heart surgeries. He and his family have faced many challenges in his four short years. Many sleepless nights for sure. But like David, Ethan has a winning personality and is full of life !! Ethan has a tough road ahead of him, but he is a fighter in every sense of the word, and a true lover of life. He reminds us so very much of our David….right down to his rosy cheeks !
Ethan will receive his brand new pool in the Spring time….thanks to your caring and kindness. YOU make all of what David’s Foundation accomplishes possible. As always, thank you so very much for your steadfast support.
On Wednesday, November 6th, David’s Foundation had the honor of visiting Noah Antunes & his Mom, Amy at their home in Smithfield. Noah is battling Burkitt Lymphoma, a form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Making the trip with us was our dear friend and David’s Foundation’s greatest supporter Ann Sabbagh from Seacoast Mortgage Corporation. What a wonderful young man Noah is....it was a pleasure for all of us to meet and spend time with him. Noah is destined for great things. We would like to sincerely thank Ann Sabbagh & Maria Sangiovanni for their most appreciated support of David's Foundation. Ann & Maria made it possible for David's Foundation to support Noah Strong by making a generous donation. Keep fighting, Noah...we know you will ! We also know there is an angel in your corner.