January 13

2012: The Gift That Kept On Giving – Separation of church and state was the issue at this Cranston Rhode Island high school says the ACLU.

This post is from a local celebrity news personality John DePetro: – “Stand up to the ACLU. Join me this Tuesday night Jan 17, at 5:30 at Western Hills in Cranston for a Rally to Save the Cranston West Prayer. School committee is meeting there. Leave a comment if you will support us.”

The Cranston West Alumni Association formation and the prayer banner redoing was a gift from Cranston West’s first graduating class of 1963, of which my ex was a member. The Alumni Association website was a gift from me. I bought it, I built it and I gifted it.

More unpaid time and skills dedicated to the betterment of my ex. I should have learned.

The very first donation that website processed was $5,000. At least I got pride from my labor.

January 1

1997. January. Committee For A Cause and Cocktails For A Cause.

Christmas For A Cause was a hit and all the people involved were listed in the Projo that week as I had intended (good marketing) - I had no choice but to follow up with another event.

I needed a committe - businesses that wanted advertising, businesses that wanted cash business, people who wanted to network for good and charities that wanted to play with my friends and leave us with money in their pocket. I was creating a Win/Win.

I marched into Graphic Innovations and said, "Jimmy, I'm having another party and I want to call it "Cocktails For A Cause" and it's gonna be held Parkside Restaurant and it will benefit the Amos House. Can you make an invite and order 3,000 and be sure to include all our business and committee names on the back. I want everyone in the state to know the good work we're doing.

Our efforts snowballed...It took a village.

Christmas for a Cause:
Providence Journal Santa Fund
Children's Holiday Hope Fund

Cocktails For A Cause:
American Cancer Society
AIDS Project RI
Providence Public Library
Amos House
Smith Hill Center
RI Sunrise House
The Music School
Kent House
Travelers Aid Society of RI
Meeting Street Center
Volunteer Center of RI
Prevent Child Abuse RI
Leadership Rhode Island
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Leadership RI Scholarship Fund

A Party with a Purpose:
Brain Injury Association, RI
Tri-Hab Substance Abuse Treatment

Outstanding Woman’s Gala - YWCA of Greater RI
Millions for the Millennium - Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals
Share Your Heart Ball - Friends Way /Volunteer Center of RI Collaborative
Moonlight at the Dunes - Thundermist Health Center
20 Anniversary Gala - Leadership Rhode Island
Great Chefs Taste of RI - RI Red Cross
Small Business Expo - South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce
Swing into Spring - South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce