2017 Comes To An End

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:

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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
  • Sodexo
  • Karen & Peter Aiello
  • Robert & Donna Ricci
  • Mary Jane Theroux
  • Lisa & Jeffrey Popper
  • Jean & Fred Uttley
  • Mark & Peggy Plociak

Fundraising Committee

  • 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
Smithfield Rotary

David Louis Cunha Foundation Christmas Gifting

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.

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    2nd Annual DLC Foundation Fundraiser

    Join Rhode Island's own Steve Smith and the Nakeds and the DLC Foundation family for a great 2nd Annual Fundraiser on August 27, 2016!  Smithfield's own Lainey Dionne will also perform.  Enjoy all of our BBQ favorites and take a chance on winning wonderful raffle and auction items.

    A great night out for a great cause!!  Don't miss the opportunity to bid and win some great Live and Silent Auction Items including:

    • 1.) Narragansett Beach House # 1  101 Allagash Trail   5 Bedroom/4 Bath    June 10th-17th, 2017
    • 2.) Narragansett Beach House # 2  184 Boon Street      5 Bedroom/3 Bath   June 17th-24th, 2017
    • 3.) Patriots Vs. New York Jets   November 27th in New York  - 2 Tickets, Transportation, Overnight Stay, Tailgate Party
    • 4.) New York Yankees Vs. Baltimore Orioles  October 1st, 2016  Yankee Stadium  Prime Seating
    • 5.) Potowomut Gold Club  Foursome  18 Holes
    And here is just a sampling of the silent auction items:
    • Renaissance Providence Hotel  Overnight Stay
    • Charbroil Grill
    • Red Sox Junichi Tazawa Autographed Baseball
    • Sam Adams Neon Bar Sign
    •  Providence Performing Arts Center  2 Tickets  King and I
    • Alex & Ani Tri Bracelet
    • New England Patriot Legarrette Blount Autographed Football
    • New York Yankees Golf Bag with Yankees Umbrella
    • Boston Red Sox Golf Bag
    • Babe Ruth Lithograph Signed & Numbered by Armand LaMontagne
    • Providence Bruins Hockey 4 Flex Tickets with $ 100.00 Gift Card to the Budweiser Bar & Grill
    Plus of course...our great raffles !
    We are also pleased to announce David Louis Cunha Foundation Fundraiser T-Shirts will be available - sizes M thru XL $ 10.00, 2XL $ 12.00, 3XL's will also be available. PLEASE PRE-ORDER so that you can wear your T-shirt at the fundraiser !  Please reach out to Cheryl or Peter for tickets and/or T-Shirts !
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      Tickets purchased online will not be mailed but your name will be on the prepaid reservation list at the event.  To purchase tickets or make a donation online, just click on the links below.

      To purchase tickets in person or for more information, please contact Cheryl or Peter directly.

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      Peter's E-mail Address  dlcf2015@gmail.com 

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      Congratulations Seniors!

      On Monday, May 30th, the David Louis Cunha Foundation presented graduating Smithfield High School Seniors Angela Gattinella and Paige Howard each with a check for $ 1,000.00 - Angela & Paige are the very first David Louis Cunha Foundation Scholarship recipients. These annual scholarships will be awarded to graduating Seniors who exemplify David's compassion and commitment to helping others through community service, good citizenship, and respect. Congratulations Angela & Paige. And a special "Thank You" to our good friends Joyce Perry, who joined us at the presentation, and to Nick Patrie, who presented the scholarship awards. No doubt David is smiling and sending all of us his love.


      Boston Children’s Hospital’s Pacemaker Camp Fund

      Last Friday, May 13th, the David Louis Cunha Foundation presented Boston Children’s Hospital’s Pacemaker Camp Fund a check for $ 2,240.00 This donation will enable five Rhode Island children with pacemakers to attend the camp over Labor Day weekend in September. Years ago, David attended the camp and had a terrific time. In David’s memory and honor, his Foundation continues to make a positive impact on children’s lives. Thank you all so very much for your continued support…YOU are the Foundation. A special “thank you” to Nick Patrie, Mike Rozzero, and Cheryl Cunha who had to carry that heavy check ! 🙂 More good things to come !!

      Bella to meet Mickey!

      Today, February 11, 2016, the David Louis Cunha Foundation had the opportunity to grant a wish to a young child named Bella. Her wish was to go to Walt Disney World in Florida this May. This is just the beginning of the great things that the Foundation is doing to help those in need. Thanks to your donations, we were able to put a smile on this child's face (as well as our own). We wish Bella a fabulous time in Disney, and may all her wishes come true.

      We’re on Facebook!

      The David Louis Cunha Foundation would like to welcome you to the Foundation's Facebook Page. This page will serve as a means of communication of the wonderful things David's Foundation has accomplished in just one year as well as our plans for the future. All of these have been achieved through your love and support. Without you, David's Foundation would not exist.
      As you know, the past year has brought much heartache and pain for those of us who loved Dave; however, through this tragedy, the David Louis Cunha Foundation was born. In just one year, we have raised over $25,000 to help children with life-threatening conditions. This is just the beginning.
      The Foundation's activities will be posted during the year and we hope you will join us in carrying on Dave's legacy...in his memory and in his honor.
      Please take a moment to go to "Company Overview" under the "About" tab to learn more about David and his Foundation. Thank you again for your caring and support...and may our Lord Bless you for your kindness.

      About DLC Foundation

      The David Louis Cunha Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Smithfield, Rhode Island which was established on January 13, 2015 upon the sudden passing of David Cunha.  David’s Foundation’s mission is to positively impact the lives of children living with terminal and life-threatening medical conditions.  Whether making the dream of a special life experience a reality, or providing financial assistance to the family to help ease the burden of medical expenses, David’s Foundation is committed to these children. David’s Foundation also supports children who are in need of compassion and a helping hand in their daily lives, and the local agencies and groups dedicated to serving those children. Additionally, David’s Foundation awards two annual scholarships to Smithfield High School graduating seniors who excel in community service and embody the generous heart that defined David.

      David was the beloved son of Peter and Cheryl Cunha of Smithfield, Rhode Island.

      David was born with a single heart ventricle with transposition. At ten days of age, David underwent a pulmonary artery banding. At one and a half years, he underwent his first open heart surgery - a Glen shunt. At four years old, he underwent his second open heart surgery - a Fontan. At five years old, he received a pacemaker. Now, because David was such an active and ALIVE little boy, he went through several pacemaker wire replacements...much to the anxiety of his parents and doctors, but through it all, David was the epitome of courage and strength, and truly an inspiration to all who knew him. Both a beautiful smile and friendly character were his trademarks.

      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, where he majored in Mass Media Communications, making the Dean's List. He served as a Senate Page for six years. He was also employed at the law office of Senator Stephen Archambault.

      David was a vibrant young man who was full of life. He was very active in community service and volunteered for many organizations including the Matty Fund, A Wish Come True, Special Olympics, Best Buddies and Providence Back to School Celebration. He was a captain of Save-the-Bay Beach Cleanup and participated in the Smithfield Police Explorer Academy. He was an altar server at Saint Michael's Church in Smithfield, served as an Assistant CCD Teacher, and was a member of the Saint Michael's CYO Basketball Team.

      David was loved and will be forever missed by his countless friends and family.  David was and continues to be a true inspiration to all who knew him.  A warm & giving heart and a strong & admirable character were David's trademarks.

      To contribute to David's Foundation, donations can be made to The David Louis Cunha Foundation, 563 Log Road, Smithfield, RI 02917.