Police Chiefs Association presents $10K donation to Autism Project

By Pete Fontaine
Posted 3/31/16

Add The Autism Project to the list of non-profit agencies that the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association is “very, very proud to support,” Johnston Chief Richard S. Tamburini announced last …

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Police Chiefs Association presents $10K donation to Autism Project

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Add The Autism Project to the list of non-profit agencies that the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association is “very, very proud to support,” Johnston Chief Richard S. Tamburini announced last Thursday morning.

Bearing a white envelope that contained a check for $1,000, Tamburini presented Executive Director Joanna Quinn with what he later called a “special and important donation” at The Autism Project’s headquarters in Johnston.

Tamburini – who was accompanied by Jamie Hainsworth, U.S. Marshal for Rhode Island; Sid Wordell, executive director of the Police Chiefs Association; and Johnston Deputy Chief Daniel O. Parrillo – noted that the donation was made possible by his group’s annual golf tournament that’s played every year at Alpine Country Club in Cranston.

“We raised $20,000 in the 2015 tourney,” Hainsworth said. “Ten-thousand dollars goes to the many different charities we support, while the other $10,000 is used for scholarships that we present to children of law enforcement officials here in Rhode Island.”

Tamburini, meanwhile, added that the Police Chiefs Association annually awards five $2,000 scholarships to children of law enforcement personnel each year.

For Quinn and The Autism Project, last week’s donation was like gold, and the second such grant the Johnston-based non-profit received last week.

Back on March 18, The Cellular Connection (TCC) – Verizon’s premier wireless store that just opened a month ago at 1386 Atwood Ave. in the Stonehill Marketplace – presented Quinn with a $5,000 check as the result of online voting the store held prior to its grand opening.

Quinn, meanwhile, was thrilled when Tamburini and his associates showed up at 1516 Atwood Ave. to present The Autism Project with its most recent gift.

“This is wonderful,” Quinn told the four top-ranking law enforcement officials. “Non-profits, as most people know, live on donations like this. Each and every one is important to our overall mission statement.”

Quinn said the recent grants “will be used to continue our work to improve the lives of children, teens, and adults living with an autism spectrum disorder, their families, and the many professionals who work with them. We will do this through our programming, training, and community outreach.”

Tamburini later told Quinn: “We have supported 25 different charities through the years with money we raised at the Fall Golf Classic. Today, I’m personally and professional honored that we’ve included The Autism Project.”

Other organizations that would consider giving The Autism Project a special grant – or gift – should contact Quinn at 401-785-2666. For more information about the non-profit agency, visit theautismproject.org.

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