Archive for May, 2009

May 06 2009

Thank You!!

The Emily C. Specchio Foundation would like to give a huge thank you to all who contributed to the overwhelming success of the 3rd Annual “A Night with an Angel” Benefit dinner on Monday, May 4th. Over 230 people attended the banquet and over $45,000 (and counting) of contributions were generously donated to the Emily C. Specchio Foundation. Check back for the announcement of the final total in a few days! Also, pictures from the event and t-shirt ordering information will be up shortly.

100% of the money netted from this event will support our mission of encouraging and financially supporting youth who take initiative in changing the world for the better.

To find out more about what the foundation has accomplished thus far, and to learn about the new foundation initiatives announced at the event, please watch this video.

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May 06 2009

New Foundation Initiatives

Due to the overwhelming success in fully endowing The Emily Carrigg Specchio Memorial Scholarship at Virginia Tech, The Emily C. Specchio Foundation is pleased to announce new initiatives to further fulfill our mission of following in Emily’s footsteps and helping others both nationally and internationally.

“Be the Change you wish to see in the World” - Ghandi

In the spirit of one of Emily’s favorite quotes, we are pleased to announce THREE new initiatives of The Emily C. Specchio Foundation for 2009-10 onward. These new initiatives all focus on young people taking action in making the world a better place.

1. The start of The Emily C. Specchio Ambassador Program

The Emily C. Specchio Ambassador program will distribute grants to New Jersey residents aged 18-25 with a clear vision for a community outreach project to be started/completed within a year of receiving funding. The project can be designed to help others either domestically or internationally.  To read more and apply visit our new Emily C. Specchio Ambassador Page.

2. Micro-lending to International Entrepreneurs

The Emily C. Specchio Foundation is now involved in the micro-financing of young women entrepreneurs in their 20′s living in developing countries through Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

View The Emily C. Specchio Foundation team page on and follow our currently funded entrepreneurs!

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3. Partnership with The New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC)

The Emily C. Specchio Foundation is partnering up with the NJCDC to fund youth seeking to make a difference in innercity areas. The NJCDC is a not-for-profit organization focusing on community development, affordable housing, educational initiatives, and youth development for families, teens, children, and people with disabilities in Paterson, NJ.

The Emily C. Specchio Foundation is working towards the creation of a scholarship in collaboration with Paterson Youth Council, part of NJCDC, which is made up of dynamic young residents of Paterson between the ages of 13 and 19 who cultivate confidence, independence, leadership skills, and a voice of their own through service learning and community involvement.

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