Letter: Easter Seals Bristol event a fundraising success


I would like to extend a huge thank-you to all those involved in the Easter Seals Rhode Island clam cake and chowder fundraiser that was held April 11 at St. Mary's Church.

The event was a big success, raising more than $3,500 to benefit more than 50 children and young adults with specials needs and disabilities. Very special thanks go to Jimmy Campagna, Father Barry Gamache, and the very generous parishioners of St. Mary's Church who opened their hearts as well as their beautiful church hall for the Easter Seals.

Jimmy and his team of volunteers didn't hesitate to step forward and work hard, contributing personal time, funds and energies to ensure the fundraiser was a big success. Yjis dedication and kindness provides the heart to our organization — a necessary and valued part of what keeps us moving forward.

I deeply admire all that Jimm, Father Gamche and local community members accomplished in just a few weeks' time for the families we serve.

On behalf of our dedicated staff, volunteer Board of Directors and program families, we thank the community of Bristol for its support of Easter Seals, and for joining us in valuing people for who they are, what they offer and what they hope to achieve.

Judy Fortier

Easter Seals


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