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.

Sponsors

  • 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

Volunteers

  • Lynn Paton
  • Sandra Pacheco
  • Paul Gagne
  • Sandra DeSousa
  • Carole Stiles
  • Keith Stiles
  • Rick Natale
  • Dave Tessier
  • Roger Allen
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David Louis Cunha Foundation Christmas Gifting

David Louis Cunha Foundation Christmas Gifting

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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.

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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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Save the Dates! September 14, 21 & 28

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Save The Dates: September 14, 21 & 28

Thank You to Gary Maddocks and Johnston Street Machines !  A great success !  Stay tuned for details.

Every Thursday in the month of September, Johnston Street Machines is having a Antique Car Show in the parking lot of Denny's on Hartford Ave. Johnston RI. No admission to see the cars  and all of this months proceeds will come to the David Louis Cunha Foundation. Stop by and say Hello!!

3rd Annual Event Success. Thank You!

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On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the David Louis Cunha Foundation held it’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser.  After all expenses, well over $ 27,000.00 was raised.  With 370 friends and family in attendance, we gathered in David’s loving memory and honor.

David’s Foundation is thriving and able to accomplish it’s mission due to the steadfast support of our many wonderful friends and family.   There are truly not enough words to sufficiently thank you all…for your support, for your caring, for your kindness.  YOU are the reason David’s Foundation is so very successful….you, and much love and guidance from above for sure.   This is going to be quite a year for David's Foundation.  We are going to reach out and assist SO MANY children in need...children who are so deserving of some happiness in their lives.

The David Louis Cunha Foundation would like to thank the following people for their support in making our fundraiser such a huge success.

  • 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
  • Donna & Peter Perry
  • Robert & Donna Ricci
  • Joseph Bettencourt
  • Paula Pallozzi
  • Alan Goldberg
  • David Boucher
  • Jill Patrie
  • Brenda Pinga
  • Lisa Tommasiello
  • Wendy Gongoleski
  • Marisa Ricciardi
  • Denise Langevin
  • Carole Stiles
  • Keith Stiles
  • Rick Natale
  • Dave Tessier
  • Roger Allen
  • Lynn Paton
  • Sandra Pacheco
  • Paul Gagne
  • Sandra DeSousa
  • Maria Gemma Corcelli
  • Joyce Perry
  • Kimberly Winemann
  • Tracey Rhodes Pendergraft
  • Donna Perry
  • Jane Iannetta
  • Beth Doyle
  • Joseph Tommasiello
  • Paula Duffy
  • Dustin Rhodes
  • Carmela Valcourt
  • Mary Theroux
  • Joseph Bettencourt
  • Pattie Saracino
  • Lisa Parrillo
  • Amanda Cordle
  • Julie Latessa
  • Joyce Perry
  • Alan Hochman
  • Dawn Cole
  • Laurie Diaz & Southwest Airlines
  • Karen & Peter Aiello
  • Robert & Donna Ricci
  • Sondra & Sam Weiner
  • Ann Sabbagh
  • Steven Ricciardi
  • Erin Demelo & Sugar Mama's Sweets & Treats
  • Richard & Donna Mann
  • Beverly Chappron
  • Donna Perry
  • Mary Mullen & Odds ‘N Ends Marketing
  • Michael Cerio & Cerio Communications
  • Lainey Dionne
  • Dave Kane
  • John Morris
  • Linda & Donna DePalma
  • Jane Iannetta
  • Tracey Rhoades
  • Joe Tommasiello
  • Mike Rozzero Jr.
  • Mike Rozzero Sr.
  • Paula Pallozzi
  • Lydia Muccino
  • Teri Rozzero
  • Mike Benedetti
  • Kevin Flaherty
  • Arthur Patrie
  • Brenda Pinga
  • Deb Anderson
  • Paula Duffy
  • Lisa Tommasiello
  • Chantal Faucher
  • Ed Murphy
  • Gary Smith
  • Shirley Grande
  • Janice Rosa
  • Donna Mann
  • Luigia Solda
  • Diane Rowles
  • Mary Theroux
  • Mary Grundy
  • Sandra Rhodes
  • Lawrence Dionne
  • David Boucher
  • Alycia Marandola
  • Keith Mailloux
  • Claudia Haugen
  • Alan Goldberg
  • Cheryl D’Itri
  • Ben Perry
  • Carlos Cruz
  • Charlie Walsh
  • Mickey Palmieri
  • Barry Morang
  • Addy MacNevin
  • Charlie DosSantos

A sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU again to all of our wonderful friends and family for your steadfast support. YOU make it all happen.

Granting Wishes

Hello Friends of the David Louis Cunha Foundation !

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, David's Foundation had the pleasure of donating $ 5,000.00 to A Wish Come True to sponsor a young boy's wish. Domenic, his Mom & Dad and sister will be vacationing on Block Island for one week in August. They will be staying in a beautiful farm house with lots of land, a view of the ocean, and many farm animals to make friends with . Domenic is a nature buff so he will be in his glory. 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. We found Domenic and his Mom & Dad to be most gracious and genuinely nice. Their lives are challenging and worrisome to say the least...but their family love keep them strong. David' Foundation is very pleased to be able to reach out to this family. And we are able to do so because of YOUR support and caring. Thank you all so very much...YOU who support David's Foundation make it all possible.

https://www.awish.org/

The DLC Foundation and Open Hearts Camp.

Open_Hearts

July 31, 2017

To: David Louis Cunha Foundation
From: The Edward J. Madden Open Hearts Camp
Re: $2,500 Donation
Federal Tax ID #: 111-962-110

Dear Cheryl, Peter, Donna, and Peter

When you first got in touch with the camp I was immediately struck by the poignant nature of your foundation and what you were giving back to the broader community in David’s memory. After spending some very meaningful time with you and hearing the stores about David’s innate gifts and unique nature I am even more honored that you chose to bestow this generous gift on our program.

I just can’t communicate enough how much we appreciate the gift, the value of the message behind it, and the legacy that David has left. I enjoyed spending time with you all immensely and I have nothing but admiration for your extension of love through your foundation and your personal connection.

We will put this donation to excellent use as a scholarship fund for families…particularly families from Rhode Island, as I know that’s a goal of your mission. The kids that get to experience a little bit of what you witnessed during your visit here will be massive beneficiaries of your support and the experience we can offer them in the Berkshires.

Here’s to new friendships, generosity, kindness, and tremendous legacies.

Our Deepest Thanks and Much Love,

David Zaleon
Executive Director, The Edward J. Madden Open Hearts Camp

The DLC Foundation Donates $ 2,500.00 to Open Hearts Camp.

Open Hearts Camp

Hello Everyone, 
Some great news from the David Louis Cunha Foundation ! 
This past Saturday we visited the Edward Madden Open Hearts Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires. This camp hosts children who have undergone open heart surgeries...many of who have received heart replacements.

During the entire Summer, there are children who come from RI, MA, CT, ME, and a few from outside of New England. We went on the high recommendation of David's Cardiologist, Dr. Patricia Rompf.

Now as you may know, David's Foundation is EXTREMELY careful on who the foundation donates to...we truly do our due diligence. We choose to help smaller organizations and families who are in TRUE need of assistance. With what we learned on our own about this camp along with Dr. Rompf's recommendation...we set off thinking that David's Foundation would sponsor eight children for a two week stay at the camp.

Well, we were so impressed with the wonderful and caring staff, the happiness of the children, and the beautiful location for these children to experience...we decided to sponsor ten children...and will do so again next year...if not more.

We found these children to be truly content and excited to be there...and there was no hiding their camaraderie with each other. Though these children have many other friends at home, at this camp they share a common bond among each other...a bond that most others cannot begin to understand the dept of. No feelings of awkwardness, no feelings of uneasiness or embarrassment...just feelings of acceptance and and friendship.

After a tour of the camp, lunch with the kids, discussion with the director & staff AND the children, when we left to go back home, we were so happy that David's Foundation connected with these folks.

We believe that there are exciting possibles for the the David Louis Cunha Foundation and the Open Hearts Camp in the future. As always, thank you so very much for your continued wonderful support. YOU make everything possible.

David's Foundation is able to sponsor these ten children to experience this great camp because of YOU. Look for more great news from the David Louis Cunha Foundation coming soon...and THANK YOU again !

The Countdown Begins! 3rd Annual Fundraiser

3rd Annual David Louis Cunha Foundation Fundraiser

July 22, 2017

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The Who, What, Where, When, Why and WOW!

Saturday, July 22nd - Smithfield Elks Lodge - 326 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI

Barbecue Dinner with Music by
Lainey Dionne 5:00 – 7:00
Steve Smith & the Nakeds 8:00 - 12:00
Tickets $ 30.00 Per Person
Contact: Cheryl & Peter Cunha (401) 419-2100

Check out some of our Auction Items! Great Raffles, too!

Red Sox vs.Yankees (2) Tickets Bus Trip to NY September 2nd
Bonnet Shores Beach House (1) Week 6 Bed/ 4 Bath June 2018
Florida Timeshare (1) Week MANY Locations / Times
Disney (4) One Day Hopper Passes & Luggage
Aqua Blue Hotel (2) Night Stay & Coast Guard House & Arturo Joe GCs
Kirkbrae Country Club Golf Threesome (w/member)
Yankee Tickets (4) 2017 Game Plus GCs
Southwest Airlines (8) One Way Trip Vouchers (Each $ 200 Value)
Newport Playhouse (2) Tickets Cabaret & Dinner
P-Bruins (4) Flex Tickets Plus $ 100.00 GC to Budweiser Bar & Grill
Renaissance Hotel Providence One Night Stay
Cuban Rum & Cuban Cigars Plus Humidor Plus Picture of Fidel Castro
Taste of Smithfield Gift Cards
Diamond Hill Vineyard GC up to (10) People Wine Tasting
Cranston Country Club Golf Foursome
Crystal Lake Golf Foursome
Swarovski Jewelry Set

More Scholarships Given!

Congratulations to Alyssa Ricci and Nicholas Squillante – 2017 awardees 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.  Alyssa and Nicholas both receive $1,000.00 from David Louis Cunha Foundation – thank you all again for your wonderful support… all we accomplish is always in the loving memory and honor of our David.

We’re Sending Kids to Open Heart Camp!

Hello Everyone,

Great news from the David Louis Foundation!  David’s Foundation will be sponsoring 8 children to attend the Open Hearts Camp in Great Barrington, MA for two weeks this summer!!  We are looking to sponsor five children from Rhode Island and three children from Nearby Massachusetts.  The Open Hearts Camp is a non-profit summer retreat which hosts children who have undergone the rigors of open heart surgery or have received a heart transplant.  Please check out their website at OpenHeartsCamp.org and you will see what a wonderful place this is.  All of this is made possible through your generosity, support and caring.  I have said this many times and I will continue to do so… YOU are the FOUNDATION… You make it all happen.  Thank you all so very much and look for more great news coming!