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T h e R a l p h V e r d e F o u n d at i o n

Positive Forces The Ralph Verde Foundation Newsletter

March 16, 2014

Volume 3, Issue 1

About the Foundation The Ralph Verde Foundation (RVF) is a service-oriented not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting academic achievement. Established in March of 2012, the Foundation was founded in the memory of Ralph Verde, who passed away of a terminal brain tumor in 2011 while completing his senior year at Yale University. Ralph’s belief was that education was the cherished means to any goal. In alignment with this philosophy, the RVF mission is to promote student achievement and academic excellence. Its aim is to support educational development for children of all ages, reward high-achieving students for their successes in the classroom and the community, and inspire academic excellence by propagating Ralph’s story. To achieve these goals, the Foundation supports students financially and academically by awarding high achieving high school seniors with college scholarships and by concurrently sponsoring education-related service activities. To date, the Foundation has Ralph Verde’s Yale senior portrait organized fifteen events and secured over $40,000 in donations. This past month, the RVF awarded two high school seniors with $10,000 in scholarships after a rigorous review process. The RVF maintains a readership of over 1,000 subscribers and a team of 13 volunteers, two of whom were inducted in 2014.

Scholarship Announcement In October of 2013, the Foundation launched the 2014 Ralph Verde Foundation Scholarship application which yielded 1,254 total applications, 300 more than the Foundation’s inaugural award. Two motivated high school seniors were selected as scholarship recipients and were awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarship awards. Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology

Isabella Grabski

Passaic Valley High School

Suraj Shah

Learn more about our exceptional recipients on our website!



Upcoming Events


Devotion to Mentorship


The 2014 RVF Team


Sponsor Highlight


UPCOMING EVENTS RVF Online Raffle April 1– April 14 Online (website TBA) RVF Volleyball Invitational April 5, 2014 Little Falls, NJ 9am—5pm

Upcoming events The 2014 RVF Online Raffle April 1, 2014 (Previously schedule for March 1st) Because of the success of the Foundation’s first online tricky tray fundraiser in 2012, the RVF will host a two-week online tricky tray fundraiser that will go live April 1st. This time around we will be giving away five gift cards, three prize baskets, sport tickets, a bakers rack, a communications lesson from Jezra Kaye , and other items donated from our constituency. We’ll send everyone the website one week before the fundraiser goes live. Thank you to those who donated items.

The RVF Volleyball Invitational April 5, 2014 Passaic Valley High School hosted its second annual RVF Invitational Tournament in late March last year to kick off their season. This year, the school plays host to nine other local teams in an effort to prepare for their lengthy season ahead. Come support PV! All net proceeds from concessions will be donated towards the 2015 RVF Scholarship Award and the Colin McNeill Scholarship Fund. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please let us know:

The RVF DC Happy Hour Tentative: Late April The Ralph Verde Foundation is organizing a happy hour event in Washington DC which will offer inexpensive food and drink deals and raffled prizes. Visit our website in the coming weeks for further details.

Devotion to Mentorship In 2013, the RVF set out to realign its mission with serving as a mentorship resource to high school students. In January 2014, the Foundation organized its fourth seminar, this time in New York City, teaching high school students about the opportunities higher education provides. Six RVF volunteers partnered with University Neighborhood High School faculty to coach students on all areas of the college application process, including the college search process, the application itself, and resume building.

Consistent with the RVF’s mission to promote student achievement and academic excellence, the RVF has created a new division - Programming - which will focus on organizing and executing similar educational events on a consistent basis throughout our three key regions - NYC, DC, and NJ.

The 2014 RVF Team The Foundation has grown tremendously over the past year and over the past three months, we have added two new members to the RVF team: Cynthia Figueroa - Events Chair, DC

Marybeth Benton - Program Chair, DC

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48 Harrison Street Little Falls, NJ 07424

Sponsor Highlight Wayne Dinettes & Stools, located in Little Falls, NJ, has donated over $500 in furniture to the RVF-sponsored raffles. Thank you for your support! theralphverdefoundation

Contribute! The Ralph Verde Foundation is only as strong as its supporters. Come out and Support RVF

Follow us! @RalphVerdeFund

RVF has been apart of and thrown many events thus far ranging from dinners to sporting events to community service events. As you may have seen on the 2nd page of this newsletter, we are running our second online raffle. The first time the RVF ran its online raffle, we generated over $6,000 in donations. Our officers and loyal members would love to see you at our events supporting the cause and the Foundation. We have grown substantially because of the tremendous support we have received thus far. Keep it up!

Spread the Word to Raise Awareness

Next Issue: June 15, 2014

As mentioned before, we love seeing you at our events. We also love seeing new faces. The Foundation reaches over 500 email contacts, 200 Facebook contacts, and 150 twitter followers which is a great start!

Help us spread our mission. Tell friends, family and/or strangers about us and have them send us an email to get them on our contact list. Join the Team! Do you have a passion for service like us? Do you have great ideas on how to help us grow? Do you want to help high school grads obtain the education they never dreamed of? Send us an email with your contact information with “Join the Team� in the subject. Donating Items or Funds Yes. We can use your assistance with growing the Foundation through donating items or money. All proceeds ($1 or $1,000,000) will go to helping others. Visit our website to learn more about how your gift can help.

The RVF Newsletter: V3, I1