Randy Foye Foundation Announces $10,000 Grant and Upcoming Events

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The Randy Foye Foundation (RFF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization which raises funds and develops programs and projects aimed directly at improving the lives of the people, especially the kids, in Randy Foye's hometown of Newark NJ. The foundation was launched in October 2007 by Foye, 3rd year NBA player with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Having lost both his parents by age six Randy has seen first hand the difficulties kids can have growing up in a tough urban environment, yet despite growing up in these conditions Foye still rose up to graduate from Villanova University in four years and make it to the NBA. Randy hopes to be an example because he knows the difference a positive role model and nurturing environment can make on a young person's life; thus he is committed to showing the community that you do have hope and you can make a difference in this world.

I am happy that we are able to provide these opportunities for the kids at Flagg

The Randy Foye Foundation proudly announces a $10,000 commitment to Dr. E. Alma Flagg School (which is the elementary school that Foye attended) for the remainder of the academic year. As part of this grant, the RFF will: purchase a school uniform shirt for every student at Flagg for the 2009-2010 school year; publish the 8th grade yearbook; partner with the school to host a carnival for students in June; fund transportation for end-of-year trips; and continue the success of the Assist 4 Life program.

"I am happy that we are able to provide these opportunities for the kids at Flagg," Foye said. "The city of Newark has a school uniform policy in place, and we are helping students to comply by making sure that everyone has at least one shirt to wear to school. Providing funding for their school trips and events is important because it will create lasting memories for them. In addition to the educational and mentoring support we provide, we want the students to experience fun things that will aid their social growth as well. At the end of the day, it's all about making a child smile and giving them hope."

The RFF is hosting a series of summer fundraising events with an eye on two key projects: renovating the gymnasium at Dr. E. Alma Flagg School, and refurbishing the outdoor playground area. Both areas are in need of repairs as well as upgrades. These environments provide a safe place for student learners to demonstrate physical fitness, social interaction, hard work and a positive attitude. We hope you will support us by attending one or more of our events, and are pleased to offer online registration through our website for each event.

Friday, May 15 - Happy Hour at Rod's Tavern in Spring Lake, NJ to recognize Amanda Melillo for her fundraising efforts and wish her luck as she runs in the Vermont City Marathon on May 24!

Thursday, May 21 - After Work Party at Onieal's in NYC hosted by the Randy Foye Foundation and Villanova's Manhattan Alumni Chapter. Join Randy and special guest Jay Wright for a night with Villanova legends in support of the RFF. Event is from 6-9pm and features a 3 hour open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Saturday, June 20 - "Day at the Races" at Monmouth Park Racetrack, a joint effort of the RFF and the Villanova Alumni Association's Monmouth-Ocean Counties Chapter.

Saturday, July 18 - Second Annual "Night for Newark," hosted by RFF board members Jack and Iwona Howley at their beautiful Rumson estate.

Visit the Events page of our website at http://www.therandyfoyefoundation.org for more information.

Special thanks to VUHoops.com for their March blogathon fundraiser. The Villanova alumni who run the site reached out to members of their online community and raised $745 for the RFF.

In honor of the Villanova Wildcats reaching the Final Four, we are running a $4 fundraising drive. Our goal is to raise $5,000. Supporters are encouraged to donate using Facebook by searching for Randy Foye Foundation in the Causes application, but can also send a check.

Contact: Christina Vuocolo (732) 576-8181

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