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.
(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.
JANUARY 14TH, 2017 AT BREAKAWAY ON ROUTE ONE NORTH IN DANVERS MASS. WE ARE HAVING A PATRIOTS PLAYOFF PARTY. BIG SCREEN TV'S, PIZZA AND SNACKS, CASH BAR, AND DANCING TO THE DJ. COVER CHARGE IS ONLY $5 BUCKS AND ALL PROCEEDS TO THE FOUNDATION. HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT. DOORS OPEN AT 7PM.
2016 was a great year for the foundation. The annual comedy dinner dance was a big hit in April at the Casa Lucia. In November we had a wonderful turnout for our golf tourney at Ould Newbury golf course.
Thanks to Dave Russo, Vinyl Groove, Henrys Catering, Casa Lunch, Ron and the wonderful staff at Ould Newbury Golf course.
PROCEEDS FROM THESE EVENTS WILL SUPPORT LITTLE RICKY AND CHILDREN AFFECTED BY AUTISM IN OUR COMMUNITY.
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.
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)