2017 RB Foundation Gala
It’s spring and that means the RB Foundation’s glittering gala – the organization’s premier fundraising event – is right around the corner. The Sixth Annual RB Foundation Charity Gala will take place on June 9, 2017 in the Tiffany Ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, Mass.
Expect an exciting night of dinner, dancing, silent auctions, raffles, and special guest appearances. This event is our largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds allow the Foundation to assist a growing number of local families in need. In addition to the gala, we also hold a number of smaller fundraising events, such as an annual October golf tournament. We also partner with the ARC of Norfolk County to run an adaptive skating program for autistic children.
Additionally, in February we held a calendar raffle raising over $15,000 for the surviving members of Falmouth families who tragically lost their lives just days before Christmas. And we collaborated with other local organizations, helping ensure their own fundraising events were successful.
Everything we do is geared toward a singular goal: help as many families as often and as much as we can.
But we can’t do it alone. We need your support. The RB Foundation is a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides families with financial assistance during difficult times and unforeseen circumstances. The Foundation strives to empower the community by setting examples of kindness and philanthropy with a strong emphasis on character development – and has donated over $400,000 to local families in need since the organization was launched in 2003. In 2016 alone we donated over $60,000.
We are currently seeking corporate sponsors and donors to help us reach our 2017 fundraising goals. Attached is information regarding our various sponsorship levels. Please consider making a tax-deductable donation to our organization, and then join us June 9 for a fun-filled and rewarding evening!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your generous support.
Rob and Chrissy Barrletta, RB Foundation
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RB Foundation Offers a Helping Hand
Spend a few minutes reading about some of the people the Foundation supported in 2016:
Phillip L. is a 10-year-old Walpole resident battling leukemia for the second time. He just received a bone marrow transplant and is confined to his house for a year. He lives with his grandparents and frequently goes into Boston Children’s Hospital. The medical bills and cost of parking have been tremendous. He is a fighter.
Erin M. is a 22-year-old senior at URI who was in a horrific auto accident last August. It took the Jaws of Life over 30 minutes to pry her from the mangled car. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, brain bleeds, collapsed lungs, and almost lost her arm. Miraculously, she survived and has been working hard in outpatient therapy to regain use of her arm and return to nursing school. Her dream is to become a pediatric nurse so she can help others.
Mikey G. is a 2-year-old boy born with multiple congenital heart defects. He is the youngest of four who has undergone multiple procedures and heart surgeries. To say thank you for helping her son, Mikey’s mother Julie made over 100 baskets to give to Boston Children’s Cardiac floor to help other families who are going through a similar situation. RB Foundation provided more than $1,000 in gas and food gift cards to include in these baskets.
Heidi M. is a 45-year-old lifelong Walpole resident with children ages 11 and 7. She was recently diagnosed with inoperable, Stage 4 colon cancer. The cost of her chemotherapy and other treatments have been staggering.
Clare S. is a Walpole resident battling Stage 4 lung cancer. She has tried a variety of treatments to slow the progression, allowing her to work part time. Still, her income does not come close to covering the costs of her treatments. A single mother with two children in college, Clare has a huge heart and gives all that she has to help others, especially the children she works with.
T.J. is a Walpole resident with a huge heart – and four kids to care for despite multiple surgeries and severe health problems. Because he’s unable to work and requires more surgeries, finances have been a severe challenge. Due to mounting medical expenses, he lost his home and his car was repossessed. He has volunteered for the Foundation in the past and now, in his time of need, we’re there to help him pay for food and basic necessities for his family.
Chris B. died unexpectedly of a heart attack at 41. He left behind a wife, Kelly, and two adolescent boys who are very involved in sports and activities in their community. Kelly is working hard to make ends meet and give the boys normalcy during this difficult time.
Paul Z. was a 36-year-old model of fitness who collapsed at the finish line of a marathon while waiting for his wife. Sadly, paramedics were unable to revive him. His wife is working nonstop to provide for her two grief-stricken boys during this difficult time.
James Lavin and Owen Higgins, both 17, three-sport athletes, lost their lives on Dec. 22, 2016 in a tragic auto accident. The Foundation ran a calendar raffle, as well as sought out private donations, to aid their families.
Chris O. was a Mass State Trooper who passed unexpectedly last February, leaving behind a devastated wife and two children. He was a very active member in his community.
Joanne T. was a very brave woman who was battling Stage 4 lung cancer. She was a non-smoker and a mother of two girls. She fought a very hard battle but sadly she recently lost her battle. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers. We not only donated money but also volunteered and helped run a local fundraiser for Joann and her family.