My efforts in philanthropy stem from a passion for the cause, and a desire to make a difference. I never imagined this type of public recognition.
Lincoln, RI (PRWEB) December 15, 2009
On November 4th, 2009, Richard Beaupre, founder and CEO of ChemArt received a commendation from the Governor of Rhode Island “in recognition of his life-long commitment to the community of Lincoln and the state of Rhode Island for his outstanding entrepreneurial spirit as founder and CEO of the ChemArt Company and his exceptional philanthropy and support of the arts and education”.
Beaupre endows the URI Scholarship Fund for married students with children, directed at students who find themselves in his situation when he was at URI. Beaupre graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Chemistry in 1962, after serving 2 years of active duty with the Navy in the mid-fifties. He was able to complete his education through financial support from a benefactor who helped married students with continuing education.
Mr. Beaupre has served on the URI Arts & Sciences Advisory Board, helped establish the Hope and Heritage Fund, and is a long-time major contributor to the annual Alumni Fund, Ryan Convocation Center and the Center for the Humanities Endowment Fund. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Philharmonic; is past treasurer of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ashton, RI; and a benefactor of Amos House, RI Hospice, Salve Regina College, Little Sisters of the Poor, The Rhode Island Philharmonic, Narconon, City of Hope, First Night, Catholic and Episcopal Charities.
In 1998 the Small Business Administration honored Mr. Beaupre by naming him the 1998 Rhode Island and New England Small Business Person of the Year. That same year he was honored by URI by granting him the Alumni Business Award. He was also appointed to the Board of Trustees for Davies Technical High School, where he serves as an advisor to the school administration. Mr. Beaupre holds an honorary Doctorate from URI granted in 2003.
“I am honored and humbled to receive a commendation from Governor Carcieri,” comments Beaupre. “My efforts in philanthropy stem from a passion for the cause, and a desire to make a difference. I never imagined this type of public recognition.”
For over thirty years, ChemArt has served as the premiere designer and manufacturer of photo-chemically etched decorative ornaments and collectibles in the United States. Fully integrated from design through distribution, ChemArt provides products for the giftware industry and fundraising ventures. It currently licenses the Baldwin brand of distinctive ornaments broadening its distribution into retail. The company, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island, has produced “Keepsakes Etched in Time” for the White House Historical Association, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, the CIA, the National Corvette Museum, many charities supporting Autism - including Autism Speaks and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism-, Habitat for Humanity, the Jimmy Fund, Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty Foundation, Notre Dame University, the American Red Cross, and the Texas State Capitol Preservation Board. For more information, visit http://www.chemart.com.