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Michael A. Salvadore and A. Doris Salvadore Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
Salvadore Tool and Findings was founded in1945 by Andrew Salvadore. “Our grandfather only went as far as the fifth grade, but he built a company that employed almost 300 people. Having a trade then was equivalent to having a PhD,” states Michael A. Salvadore, Jr., Andrew’s grandson.

Andrew’s son, Michael Sr., followed his father into the business after graduating from Mt. Pleasant High School, attending Bryant College, and serving in the Army. Michael was dedicated to the family business working hard and long hours. His wife Doris was a stay-at-home mom to Michael, Jr. and two sisters Judy and Dana. Doris was devoted to her family and eventually became a strong supporter and volunteer for the Rhode Island Red Cross.

“Our father felt strongly about giving back, helping the families who lived by Salvadore Tool, reaching out to anyone in need; that was our family philosophy and corporate philosophy, although companies didn’t have corporate philosophies in those days,” Michael, Jr. explains.

Michael, Sr. was active with many professional organizations, including the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America (MJSA). He joined the board of MJSA in 1970 and later served as its president, where he was recognized for addressing the “needs of the smaller manufacturer.” He encouraged MJSA to transfer its numerous jewelry scholarships to the Foundation.

This scholarship fund is the second established by and named for the Salvadore family to support scholarships and educational purposes of MJSA; the first memorializes Andrew Salvadore and his wife, Frances. “Our grandfather’s fund is here and MJSA’s fund is here. We never gave any consideration to going anywhere else,” Michael states of his family’s decision to partner with the Foundation.
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