On Saturday, April 18, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. hosted a comedy show fundraiser, bringing in $19,000 in donations for a local veteran organization.
More than 250 veterans and Real Estate professionals attended the Funny 4 Funds comedy show held at the West Warwick Elks Lodge on Saturday evening. The event provided the crowd with a night of laughs while raising money with raffle and auction prizes donated by 200 local and New England based businesses. Primary Residential Mortgage was joined by several additional event sponsors from Rhode Island and Massachusetts including Lepizzera & Laprocina Title and Escrow, DiPrete Law Offices, Federated RI Sportsmen's Clubs Inc., Equity Title, RE/MAX, Cranston Fish and Game Association, Kelly Lewis Realty, Richard Palumbo Law, Linear Title, Sammartino & Berg Law.
“I don’t think anyone sponsored this event hoping to get business- I know I didn’t,” said sponsor Paul Laprocina who not only provided a financial sponsorship, but also donated two shark fishing charters that brought in $1,600 as an auction item. “The event is all about our veterans and what we can do to help them, because they’ve all done so much for us. That in mind, the auction winner will receive one shark fishing charter for himself and the second shark charter will be for the winner to go out fishing with a boat of veterans so they can see what a difference [Veteran Angler Charters] makes for our veterans.”
Veteran Angler Charters , a 501c3 non profit, was founded by Kathy Granfield in Connecticut in 2009 and has since expanded into Rhode Island (Captain Randell Bagwell, River Rebel Charters) and Massachusetts (Capt. Mark Pettit, Fire Escape Charters), serving nearly 200 Veterans per year. VA Charters was formed for the purpose of providing therapeutic and recreational fishing excursions to injured and recovering veterans of all branches of the armed forces. All fishing trips are conducted at no cost to the veterans.
“This is the most money that has ever been raised for us and we are absolutely thrilled,” said Granfield. “With just what was raised during this one event, we will be able to take hundreds of veterans fishing this season. Words cannot describe what this means.
According to Granfield, there are several organizations that offer opportunities for outdoor therapeutic recreation but there are none that regularly take veterans out in small groups on private charter boats. The small group experience provides a unique opportunity for the veterans to relax, reconnect with friends and family, fish, and meet other veterans who truly understand their service experience.
“Everyone had a great time and we were astonished to see how much was raised when the check was presented to Kathy at the end of the night,” said Cosmo Laurelli, Branch Manager for Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. “It is so rewarding to know that we could do our part in helping our veterans.”