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Jean Cohoon
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Ralph, Letty and Anthony Raponi Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 19, 2016
This fund, which forever will support Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, is the fourth permanent endowment the Raponis have established at the Foundation.

Nancy Band Ehrlich Fund for the Arts
By Jean Cohoon / February 17, 2016
“When we moved to Rhode Island, Nancy wanted to insure that we were part of the scene,” recalls Dr. Michael Ehrlich, of his late wife who quickly became involved in the community.

Lila K. Mullins Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 12, 2016
"She loved teaching and her students. She got kids excited about learning,” says Frank Mullins of his late wife who taught in Providence’s elementary schools for 25 years.

Almon and Suzanne Hall Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 10, 2016
Al and Suzanne Hall both grew up in families where helping others and giving back to community was a way of life. And it’s a practice they’ve continued through dozens of nonprofit organizations. (Photo courtesy of Constance Brown)

Le Foyer Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 3, 2016
“The purpose of the (Le Foyer) Club was to help integrate the French Canadian people into a welcoming community.” - Roger Bonin, Le Foyer president

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 2, 2016
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) has existed only since 2013, yet its history of serving the state’s underserved, immigrant, and refugee populations goes back nearly 100 years.

Redwood Library RIF Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 25, 2016
The stately classical architecture of the Redwood Library & Athenaeum is a visitor’s first clue they are entering a very special place.

Child & Family - Townsend Planned Giving Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 20, 2016
“All of our programs, from our early childhood programs to our services for the elderly, are based on preserving families,” explains Child & Family CEO Marty Sinnott.

Kim and Howard Sutton Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 11, 2016
"We enjoy helping people in the community, and this fund is an extension of that." - Howard Sutton, former publisher, president, and CEO, The Providence Journal

Mary M. Juskalian Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 7, 2016
“My kids were doing amazing things like silk screening and filmmaking. I pushed my kids to their limits, and it was amazing what they could do." - Mary Juskalian, retired Providence schools art teacher

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