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2018 Benevolent Committee Grants

Frank Firicano

Just before the May 2nd Board Meeting, Mike Antosca hosted an informal presentation at the Doubletree in Andover for our benevolent giving night.  The evening began at 6:00 pm, awarding over $33,550.00 to many worthy causes.  According to Antosca “This is what all your hard work fundraising is about!   It is wonderful to see where our money is going, and to hear a few words from these terrific people and organizations.”  

Our benevolent co-chairs, Mike Antosca and Jorge DiNapoli , have done another exceptional job in finding areas where our money can really make a difference in people's lives.  


UNICO of Merrimack Valley Benevolent Giving for 2018

 Aaron’s Presents - $3,000
Leah Okimoto/Mentorship program in Lowell


St. Augustine Church - $1,000
Father Peter Gori/Citizenship application fee for Dora Gonzalez


Merrimack Valley Food Bank - $3,000
Amy Pessia


Tilton Elementary School - $1,500
Beth Perry/Just Breathe Yoga


Project Entertain - $1,500
Aiden Trundy/Entertainment at Nursing Homes


Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School - $2,000
Sister Maryalyce Gilfeather/Scholarship for Amee Rodriguez


Lazarus House - $3,300
Laura Miller/Scholarship for new culinary internship


Essex Art Center - $3,000
Cathy McLaurin/Tarbox Elementary Art School Program


Ironstone Farm - $3,000
Deedee O’Brien/Care for a horse for one year


The Professional Center for Child Development - $2,000
Lindsey Mayo/Assistance for Brixton to attend Pre-School Program


Esperanza Academy - $2,000
Sarah Young/Summer Camp sponsorship for Angelica Sanchez


Bellesini Academy - $3,250
Julie Difilippo/Scholarship for one semester for Nashly


Family Services of Merrimack Valley - $1,000
Liz Sweeney/Assistance with Stand & Deliver Mentor Program


Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc. - $1,000
Assistance to Hector Brito and his mission to assist homeless Vets


Lawrence General Hospital - $3,000
Tom Cahill/Purchase of two new hospital grade sliders, ottomans
and one extra chair per bay in the Special Care Nursery

Front Row Left to Right: Leah Okimoto (Aaron’s Presents), Dora Gonzalez (Citizenship Application), Amy Pessia (Merrimack Valley Food Bank)
Middle Row Left to Right: Beth Perry (Tilton Elementary School), Aiden Trundy (Project Entertain), Laura Miller (Lazarus House), Cathy McLaurin (Essex Art Center), Deedee O’Brien (Ironstone Farm)
Back Row Left to Right: Michael Antosca (UNICO Benevolent Chair), Chris Hunt (The Professional Center for Child Development), Julie Difilippo (Bellesini Academy), Lori Howe (Family Services of Merrimack Valley), Hector Brito (Straight Ahead Ministries), Tom Cahill (Lawrence General Hospital), Tony Broccoli (UNICO of Merrimack Valley President)

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