A Wish Come True!

Hello Friends,

On Thursday, June 6th, 2019, David's Foundation had the true pleasure of donating $ 4,000.00 to A Wish Come True in Warwick, RI to help sponsor a young boy's wish. Five year old PJ, his brother, Joe, and his Mom & Dad will be vacationing at Disney World in Florida. PJ will get to meet and spend time with all of the Disney characters, including his favorite, Mickey Mouse ! 😃

PJ was born with SCN1A seizure disorder / epilepsy. PJ has had multiple seizures, sometimes everyday, for the past five years. Heartbreakingly, it is a condition he will not outgrow.

Because of your continued wonderful support, David's Foundation is able to help this little boy live his dream of going to Disney World. PJ will have the joy and excitement of meeting Mickey because of you !! Thank you all so very much for your caring and kindness.

Please stay tuned for more great news from David's Foundation.

Congratulations Seniors!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Ferreira and Justin Gorgone – 2019 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. And coincidently, also as David, both Elizabeth & Justin deal with congenital health conditions. Winners are chosen by a panel of some of David’s former teachers from the high school and middle school. This year there were eighteen applicants. Elizabeth and Justin both received $1,000.00 to put towards their first year of college.

Thank you again to all of our wonderful supporters. Summer is our busy season ! Please stay tuned for more great news from David’s Foundation.

David Louis Cunha Foundation 5th Annual Fundraiser !!

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 / dlcf2015@gmail.com


David Louis Cunha Foundation 2019 Scholarships


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

Student Information

University, College, Junior College, Technical School you will be attending or have applied to:

Community Service Projects


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.