CDC estimates 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Two of My Children 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.
(Ricky and his sister Olivia celebrating the Pats Superbowl 49 Victory. Both have Autism.)
(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 $70,000 worth of supplies, services, and financial assistance to Special Education Classrooms, Adriennes Adventures, SEPAC, North Shore Consortium SOAR program, Autism Speaks, Knock Out Foundation, and so much more.
My name is Rick Freni and I am the proud dad of Ricky, Julia, and Olivia.
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.
UPCOMING EVENT *******
Annual Joe Marlo Golf Outing for Autism
will be held this Fall 2016. Details are still being worked out. Check back soon for more info.
THIS YEARS LRF EVENT was a HUGE SUCCESS. Thank you to VINYL GROOVE, DAVE RUSSO, CASA LUCIA REVERE, AND HENRYS CATERING.
PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL SUPPORT LITTLE RICKY AND CHILDREN AFFECTED BY AUTISM IN OUR COMMUNITY.
Here are some of the ' 2016 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 in January.
LITTLE RICKY FOUNDATION visited our friends at Town Line Bowling again on Friday March 4. 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. On
May 5th we proudly announced the winners. They were Olivia McDonald, Anthony Bonopane, and Julia Freni. 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 on June 10. 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 on July 28. All were treated to hot dogs, cold drinks, popsicles, and more.
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.
"You never know how much love you have to give until you have a child with special needs." Rick Freni (just a dad)