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The UNICO Merrimack Valley Benevolent Committee Awards $33,500 to Local Charities

A brief award ceremony was conducted prior to the monthly UNICO Merrimack Valley Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Doubletree hotel, Andover, MA.

UNICO of Merrimack Valley, celebrating its 28th year as a Chapter of UNICO National, has raised and distributed close to $1,000,000 to local charities. UNICO National is the largest Italian-American Service Organization in the United States.

In order to continue to support area organizations caring for the needs of others, UNICO Merrimack Valley conducts its annual golf outing to raise money. All of the money raised goes to scholarships and community service projects within the Merrimack Valley. We look forward to the continuation of this mission and to the impact that this effort has on the lives of others.

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

ayo/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.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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