CAUSES & INTERESTS

Alzheimer's Association of Rhode Island

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My mother, Trudy Licciardello, died from Alzheimer's in February after several years fading slowly from this disease.  She was an impressive woman; a scholar, champion of women's reproductive rights, art historian and professor.  All of that capacity was taken away in small pieces over several years due to Alzheimer's.

My family supports the Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island Chapter. "Team Trudy" has raised over $7,000 in the last 3 years, primarily through the annual "Walk for Alzheimer's".

I also have helped out on the finance committee assisting them in making informed financial and investment decisions.  They are well run, and support local families and patients dealing with Alzheimer's disease.  Donna McGowan the Executive Director is exceptional, and has a great team working with her.

We would love to have you join us on our next walk this Fall.

To learn more about the local chapter click here

 

Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School

ri philWe are fortunate to have one of the best regional symphonies in the country right here in little Rhode Island. Yo-Yo Ma believes it in on par with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Music School is a nationally recognized musical training school, which draws students of all economic backgrounds from as far away as western Connecticut and Massachusetts.

If you have not had a chance to hear the Philharmonic at Waterfire, or at one of their winter concerts you are missing out on a wonderful experience.

They raise funds from ticket sales, the annual holiday ball, and direct donations.  I have been a season ticket holder for several years, and donate annually through their various fund raisers.

To see the latest schedule and learn more click here

 

National Public Radio and Television, WGBH & WRNI

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I think public radio and television organization are national assets, and have been a sustaining donor for many years to WGBH.

I am politically an independent, and appreciate getting factual in depth information. If you really want to be informed and here all sides of a story, not just headlines and commentary, National Public Radio and local stations WRNI and WGBH are the places to go.

If you like to laugh, and who doesn't, The "Moth Radio Hour", "A Prairie Home Companion", and "Wait,Wait Don't Tell Me" are among the best programs in the world of radio entertainment.

And they offer quality television as well. "Downton Abbey" and "NOVA" are produced out of Boston, and are among the unique offerings on the viewing schedule every week.

To get streaming classical music out of WGBH  click here

 

YearUp Providence

yearup2YearUp is a unique organization that helps recent high school graduates gain the skills they need to be effective employees in the world of business and other careers.

They combine formal classwork with internships from local corporate partners to help prepare these students for the world of work and help achieve their dreams.

As an investment firm employee I was a mentor for "Alex" and helped him understand the world of business, and be there on "standby" to help him overcome his personal  challenges on his path to graduation.

This is an organization that is making a name for itself across the nation with Providence being the second location created after Boston. "60 Minutes" did a piece on it not long ago that is worth seeing.

To Learn more about YearUp click here

 

wacri logoThe World Affairs Council Of Rhode Island is a group I have belonged to for several years.  They hold a once a month dinner event where a recognized experts speak on a current foreign affairs issue.

This group is filled with smart, educated people interested in the world outside of the U.S.A., and the topics are fascinating,

To Learn more about the World Affairs Council of RI click here