Archive for July, 2008

Jul 13 2008

2nd Annual Night with an Angel

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The Emily C. Specchio Foundation would like to THANK YOU ALL for helping make our 2nd annual “A Night with an Angel” fundraising dinner such an astounding success!   Due to your generosity, over $30,000 was raised to support charities close to Emily’s heart. Please visit our new Photo Gallery to view photos from this year’s event.  

Additionally, we’d like to give special thanks to all those who donated to our silent auction,  our speakers during the event, and those who helped set up and run the fundraiser event. We look forward to working with everyone again next year!!   

 Please enjoy this video shown at the event highlighting the work of the Emily C. Specchio Foundation over the past year:



Also, videos of our keynote speaker, Marco Ambrosio can be found here

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Jul 13 2008


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Welcome to the official home of

The Emily C. Specchio Foundation!

Please check back for updated foundation news.

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Jul 12 2008

Charities Supported

During 2007-2008, The Emily C. Specchio Foundation has been very active in supporting Emily’s Charities.Due to your generosity:

  • $20,000 has been donated to the now ENDOWED Emily Carrigg Specchio Memorial Scholarship at Virginia Tech (more information can be found on our VT Scholarship Page)
  • $4,000 has been donated to the Foundation for Peace, a charity dedicated to helping those in need in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Kenya.
  • $3,000 has been donated to The College of Saint Elizabeth to establish study abroad opportunities in Emily’s name.
  • $1,000 to the Reema J. Samaha VT Campus Security and Safety Fund. (Reema was a victim of the 4/16/07 shootings at Virginia Tech and younger sister of Emily’s close friend and PSP brother, Omar Samaha).
  • $500 to the Emily C. Specchio Outstanding Intern Dietetic Award at Montclair State University.
  • $1,000 to the Phi Sigma Pi Relay for Life team at Virginia Tech.

Thank you for supporting the Emily C. Specchio Foundation!

We look forward to doing and giving more in 2008-2009!

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Jul 11 2008

Partnership with the Marco Ambrosio Global HIV/AIDS project

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Marco HIV Project

The Emily C. Specchio Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with Marco Ambrosio, cousin of Emily, to support his Global HIV/AIDS awareness project.  Marco will be traveling around the world and gathering information for his book about the disparate realities of living with HIV/AIDS around the globe. 

Read more about his project at

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Jul 10 2008

Emily’s Life showcased on My9NY’s “Real Talk”

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Emily in DR

The November 18th, 2007 showing of My9NY (WWOR) TV show “Real Talk” featured a story on Emily’s inspiring life of Giving Back. Her story was the main story out of a group of 3 inspiring stories of those who chose to give back to society. Brenda Blackmon was the host, and the Specchio Family was invited to the studio on November 15th to tape the segment. The show featured stories from Emily’s family as well as pictures of Emily growing up and volunteering in the Dominican Republic through the Foundation for Peace.

Clips of the show are featured in this year’s foundation slideshow movie, shown at the 2008 “A Night with an Angel” Event, and posted above.

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Jul 09 2008

The Endowment of the Emily C. Specchio Memorial Scholarship

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Family with Plaque

Thanks to your donations, The Emily Carrigg Specchio Memorial Scholarship at Virginia Tech is now endowed! It will now be given annually in perpetuity to Virginia Tech Student(s) whom embody Emily’s spirit and drive.

For more information about the scholarship and past/current awardees, please visit our VT Scholarship page.

Also, pictures of the dedication ceremony are in our Gallery Section.

Scholarship Plaque

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Jul 08 2008

Emily’s Scholarship Highlighted in Pamplin Magazine

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Pamplin Magazine

The Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech has run an article in their Pamplin Magazine about Emily’s inspirational life, sudden passing, and wonderful support of friends and family to lead to her endowed scholarship through the University.

The article can be seen online at

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Jul 07 2008

Article on Emily’s Dominican Republic Humanitarian Trips

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A very touching and comprehensive article has been published in The Beacon featuring Emily’s commitment to helping others in the Dominican Republic, and Emily’s family (mother: Eileen, sister: Kate, and aunt: Mary Beth) following her inspirational lead in volunteering. Emily’s mother Eileen continues to lead groups to Santo Domingo, DR every summer, and just finished her 3rd straight year of volunteer work in nursing.

The article can be found at:



DR group

Team Leaders in Santo Domingo DR, including Emily’s sister, Kate (far right)

and mother Eileen (2nd to right).

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