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Paul A. Berchielli Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 8, 2015
“He fell in love with the ocean. He was always interested in the weather, the surf, and the ocean," recalls Janice Berchielli Tunney of her late brother, Paul.

St. Martin's Church Endowed Pledges Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 1, 2015
This endowed fund is the result of a late parishioner who is making a difference through a planned gift that will benefit St. Martin’s in perpetuity.

Lilly C. Tow Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 28, 2015
“Our mom was a gracious, determined lady. We want to keep alive her amazing spirit, sense of beauty, aura of class, and her courage to take on new challenges."

Atrion Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 8, 2015
Founded in 1987, Atrion has been guided for nearly 30 years by four business principles: vision, purpose, values, and giving back.

St. Mary Academy-Bay View Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 18, 2015
In 2014, Bay View received its first charitable gift annuity (CGA). The donor, an alumna who now lives in Virginia, shared with Academy officials, “My husband gives CGAs to his alma mater. I want to give a CGA to mine.”

Bisaccia-Naparstek Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 5, 2015
"Philanthropy is a connection to the future. It’s psychologically rich and satisfying,” states Robert Naparstek of the support he and his wife, Lisa Bisaccia, provide to Rhode Island nonprofits.

Robinson–Kenney Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 8, 2015
For 36 years, Frederick S. Kenney and James A. Robinson worked together at Bostitch, first in Pawcatuck, CT, and later in East Greenwich. "He was a great guy," Fred told the Foundation in a 2005 interview, adding, "We liked to go fishing together, and we became very close."

Westerly Senior Citizens Center Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 24, 2015
“(It’s) a wonderful place to make new friends, enjoy a delicious hot meal, learn a new skill, take a day trip, volunteer, and/or partake of the wide variety of activities.”

W.H.S. Alumni Scholarship Fund
By Jamie Hull / April 23, 2015
“Traditionally, graduating classes of Westerly High School celebrating their 50th anniversary give a gift to the school." - Charles Taylor, president of the W.H.S. Alumni Scholarship Fund

Veterans Memorial Auditorium Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 22, 2015
“The Vets is a piece of a very complex puzzle. If we’re all working together, the arts can bring business to the state. It’s really exciting.” - Paul Brooks, president, The Vets Foundation

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