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Non-Profit Aims to Fund Middle School Sports

Project 106 hopes to raise funds to pay for middle school sports programs.

A group of dedicated community members have been tinkering behind the scenes to stop cuts to the East Providence middle school sports programs. 

According to Chrissy Rossi, Project 106 is well on its way to becoming a 501c3 non-profit.

The goal: to raise the funds privately through Project 106 fundraising efforts and present a hefty check each season for the sports programs - the amount of money it costs to run the programs, according to the city budget. 

"Hopefully, the city will one day be able to pull the cost back into the school department budget," she wrote in an e-mail.

According to Rossi, coaches have yet to meet with budget commission members to discuss stipends. 

Project 106 will have an information booth set up at the Waddington Family Night Pasta and Meatball fundraiser, according to the organization's Facebook page. The family night will be taking place this Friday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. at . The Waddington Families are trying to raise funds for technology for their students. 

Project 106 Board of Directors include:

  • Chrissy Rossi
  • Jonathan Pangborn
  • Donald J. Senna, Jr.
  • Sheri Gaines Forsythe
  • Susan Pereira Vincent
  • Judy Lopes
  • Jessica Beauchain
Shussey April 28, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Love the pic..I see my boy... Doing great things for the kids they need these programs it is not an option to do without them..
Christopher Tennant June 13, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I'm sure they mean well, and I would like to see middle school sports saved just like anyone but we should always ask some tough questions of 'non-profits' that we are trusting our money to. Including - What does 'well on it's way' to becoming a 501c3 mean? - How was this Board of Directors selected? - Does this organization have Officers? - Does it represent a conflict of interest to have a current school committee member and candidate for city council as a Director? Would she be a 'disqualified party' under IRS regulations?

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