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Ralph, Letty, and Anthony Raponi Tribute Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 7, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

With the establishment of this designated fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi, along with Ralph’s brother Anthony, have established a total of nine funds at the Foundation. 

In speaking of Letty, who died in 2017, Ralph shares, “She lived an active life with real goodness in her heart.” That goodness is reflected in the family’s dedication to bettering the lives of children, a commitment which is furthered through this newest fund which benefits four children-serving organizations.

The fund’s beneficiaries are The Tomorrow Fund, which “provides daily financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence”; Make a Wish - Massachusetts and Rhode Island (for Rhode Island children), which “creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses”; The Shriners Hospitals for Children, which “is changing lives through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research, and outstanding medical education”; and Smile Train, Inc., which “is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.”

The Raponis’ earlier funds benefit these four organizations and others. One, the Frank J. Raponi Memorial Fund, created to honor Ralph and Anthony’s brother, also is designated for The Smile Train. At the time, Ralph shared, “Frank was an avid believer of the Smile Train Charity where children from all over the world with deformed clefts would get free surgery so that they could live a normal life. This fund will forever benefit Smile Train, Inc., helping to continue its wonderful work.”

The Raponis long have given back to the community, “We’ve done well,” says Ralph, noting his work as a stockbroker and investor. He adds, “The Rhode Island Foundation makes sense to us as a way to help others.” The Raponis also are members of the Foundation’s 1916 Society.

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