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  • Trinity Repertory Matching Grant Challenge

    $60,000 in matching grants offered to help
    Trinity Repertory Company and
    the Rhode Island Community Food Bank
    The Rhode Island Foundation recently announced that it will match every donation the public makes to Trinity Repertory Company during its 2022 run of “A Christmas Carol” with an equal grant to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, up to a total of $60,000.
    The funding is intended to replace donations for the Food Bank that the theater has traditionally collected from audiences. Until Trinity Rep went dark in 2020 due to COVID-19, audiences would drop their contributions in collection buckets on their way out of the theater, raising more than $60,000 in 2019 alone.
    In the interest of public health and safety, the theater will not have collection buckets at this season’s performances. Instead, the public can trigger the matching grants by contributing to Trinity Rep online at trinityrep.com/match or by texting SCROOGE to 44-321. Through this matching challenge, donations will benefit Trinity Rep’s artistic, education and community programs, as well as the Food Bank.
    "Trinity Rep has been fortunate to partner with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank since 2006, raising funds for our neighbors during the holiday season," said Trinity's artistic director, Curt Columbus. "This great collaboration has given our production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ a special kind of joy throughout the years, knowing that the story of Scrooge’s journey to generosity is reflected in the grace and kindness of our audiences. Now, for the last few seasons, we have been joined by the Rhode Island Foundation to support this important work in uncertain times. We are all extremely honored that this good work continues.”
     2022 Murray Family Prize honors
    Kate Brewster for community leadership
    The 2022 Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation has been awarded to Kate Brewster, executive director of the Jonnycake Center for Hope in South Kingstown.
    With the honor, Brewster received $50,000 in recognition of her long commitment to helping Rhode Islanders in need.
    “Kate’s remarkable commitment to serving disadvantaged communities is an inspiring standard for others to follow. We take great pride in honoring her for her dedication and achievements,” said Paula McNamara, daughter of Terrence and Suzanne Murray, who, along with her family, established the Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Foundation.
    Brewster has worked at the Jonnycake Center since 2015. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded its services, renovated a 120-year old school house and community landmark into its new headquarters, is preparing to update four multi-unit properties to provide service-enriched housing to local families, and recently announced the impending launch of a youth center.
    “It is vital to celebrate the positive contributions of Rhode Islanders like Kate who are striving diligently and humbly to serve others,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “We are grateful to the Murray family for honoring the extraordinary leaders whose dedication provides hope and improves the lives of those around them.”
    Annie De Groot, MD:
    conscious, engaged philanthropy
    "I'd like to get my kids involved in choosing which organizations that we will give to as a family. This fund provides a way to start talking about how to be a conscious, engaged philanthropist. Through this fund, I want to pass the baton to the next generation," says Annie De Groot, who established the Annie De Groot Family Fund, a donor-advised fund, with the Foundation in 2021.
    Annie De Groot, MD, is an internationally known researcher who has made Rhode Island her home since 1993, when she joined the faculty of the Brown University Medical School, now the Warren Alpert Medical School, and established the TB/HIV Research Laboratory there. An outgrowth of the work she did at the laboratory is EpiVax, an immunology company that applies its tools to re-engineer therapeutic proteins and to design new vaccines.
    As well as being a thoughtful philanthropist, Annie gives generously of her time and talent, founding two nonprofit organizations, the GAIA (Global Alliance to Immunize Against AIDS) Vaccine Foundation in 2001, and Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic in 2007, and remains deeply involved with both, serving as scientific director at GAIA and volunteer medical director at Clinica Esperanza.
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