Little Ricky Foundation - Helping Kids with Autism, like my Ricky and Olivia.
CDC estimates 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
 
2 OUT OF 3 IN MY HOUSE HAVE AUTISM. 
Everyone is touched by someone with Autism.
 

Little Ricky Foundation is focused on raising awareness and financial support for Autism and other developmental disabilities in the community.  The number of children with Autism is growing faster than all other childhood diseases combined. 
 
(Pictured are Ricky Jr., 22, and his little sister Olivia 15. Ricky is a Train Enthusiast and loves to film trains with his 1986 Panasonic Camcorder. He has visited museums and active train stations in New England, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. He is an avid collector of Lionel trains as well as books and magazines relating to steam trains of yesteryear.  Ricky recently graduated from the North Shore Education Consortium.  His second passion is dogs which were introduced to him at the Consortium.  His focus now is to try and get him a few hours a week at the Doggie Day Care Facility in Danvers.  We will keep you updated how that goes.  Olivia is in high school and a straight A student.  Her passion is singing and is a fixture at local events belting out the National Anthem like no one else.  She is also taking private voice lessons with an acclaimed instructor from the Boston Conservatory.  Olivia enjoys acting and has acted in Winthrop most recently.  There are no drama clubs or plays in her high school as the administration thought it would be best for the students to remove these programs.  What was once a tremendous outlet for students to express themselves and even deal with their anxiety and personal issues is no longer an option.  Its unfortunate but thankfully there are local playhouses in neighboring communities that offer these outlets for children and adults.)
 
At the Little Ricky Foundation, we try to help financially.  Your donations go to where they are needed most such as software, books, field trips, or other supplies that will enrich these kids lives and hope to bring a promising future to all affected by this mysterious disease.   Our kids have the best teachers and with the money we raise, can have the best tools too. 
 
Now more than ever we need you to help us. With the school budgets dwindling, Special Education requests may go unanswered.  A Child with Autism should have access to school supplies and field trips just like their peers.  
 
We have supported local schools, parent workshops, and other local Autistic organizations since our inception.
 
Together with your support, we have provided over $100,000 worth of supplies, services, and financial assistance to Special Education Classrooms, Adriennes Adventures, SEPAC, North Shore Education Consortium SOAR program, Autism Speaks, Knock Out Foundation, and so much more.
 

The Little Ricky Foundation was recognized by the Doug Flutie Foundation and Smith & Wollensky as one of the best Autism organizations in the country for bringing awareness and financial support to a local community.
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5th ANNUAL GOLF OUTING THIS 2017 FALL.  
TBA SOON

HERE ARE SOME OF THE 2017 HAPPENINGS: 
January at Breakway Danvers we had an over 21 party. Raffles, music, and food.  Thanks Bobby McVicar and Joe Crowley of Breakaway.
March Rumney Marsh Academy School and Miss Scalese went to the New England Aquarium. 
April Revere CrossFit along with Ashley Pierce from the Whelan School held an event rasing funds for the LRF.
April Paul Revere School along with Ralph Decicco raised funds during the month for the LRF.
July Revere High School Post Grad program and Miss Talia Mimolo went on a field trip to the  Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden. 
July Revere High School Post Grad program and Miss Talia Mimolo went on a field trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston.

****AUGUST BASEBALL GAME HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE  RELEASE TIME FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM BEING MOVED UP TO 12 NOON WHICH DOES NOT ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR THE CHILDREN TO ENJOY THE GAME, LUNCH, AND THE FESTIVITIES.  

MORE EVENTS ARE BEING PLANNED.  PLEASE VISIT US AGAIN SOON FOR UPDATES. 

PLEASE CALL US TODAY AT 781 704 1300 OR EMAIL RICKYFRENI@MSN.COM IF YOU NEED MORE INFO.  
 

 
Here are just a few of last years happenings.
 
LITTLE RICKY FOUNDATION sponsored a day at the museum of science.  Dozens of children and their RMA teachers in the special education classsrooms were treated to a wonderful venue and lunch.
LITTLE RICKY FOUNDATION visited our friends at Town Line Bowling.  We bowled, playing lots of arcade games, and had a great lunch.  Little Ricky's class from the North Shore Education Consortium SOAR program will joined us along with their wonderful staff of teachers of therapists.
LITTLE RICKY FOUNDATION presented scholarships to 3 Revere High Seniors who are going to college with a focus on special education. Each will receive $500 to help pay for any items needed for college.   
LITTE RICKY FOUNDATION was proud to support the 6th Annual Community friendship Festival at RHS ball-field.   We welcomed our friends from Saugus, Winthrop, Chelsea, Malden, Lynn, and of course Revere.  It was a year end celebration for all the students who work so hard in their special education classrooms.  All were treated to games, rides, foods, and lots of dancing.
LITTLE RICKY FOUNDATION was happy to bring over 80 students and teachers from the Revere Special Education summer program to see the North Shore Navs .  All were treated to hot dogs, cold drinks, popsicles, and more. 
LITTLE RICKY FOUNDATION was happy to bring a group of students from the North Shore Education Consortium to SPORTSWORLD USA in Saugus MA.  Owner Phil Castinetti provided all the kids with a bag to fill with sports cards.  All had a blast.  Then it was onto TownLine Malden courtesy owner Anthony Decotis for some bowling and lunch.  
LITTLE RICKY FOUNDATION was proud to visit the Paul Revere School.  Miss Johnson and her wonderful class were provided arts and craft materials to last the entire year.  The kids were so happy to get new supplies and Miss Johnson was grateful for the foundations work. 
LITTLE RICKY FOUNDATION hosted the annual 9 hole golf outing.  This one was held at the Ould Newbury Golf Course in Newbury Mass.  A little rain didnt stop the 50 plus golfers to a great course and delicious buffet.  High End Raffle prizes awaited the golfers.  

Autism is a disorder of neural development that is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. (source definition: Wikipedia)
Our goal is to provide support and services to these children while in school so that one day they can become independent, self sufficient, and active members of our community. 
 
Check out more about Autism as http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism
 
Quote:
"You never know how much love you have to give until you have a child with special needs." Rick Freni (just a dad)
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