Senator Eric P. Lesser visited Rick’s Place in Wilbraham on Monday August 15, 2016. Rick’s Place is a local non-profit organization which offers grief support services to bereaved children and their families in a safe and supportive environment. Alongside Representative Angelo Puppolo in the House of Representatives, Senator Lesser successfully lead the effort in the Senate to secure $25,000 in the FY’17 budget for the organization.
“I’m proud to have worked with Representative Angelo Puppolo to secure this important funding for Rick’s Place,” Senator Lesser said. “Rick’s Place plays an important role in our communities, helping children and families deal with very difficult topics in a safe space.”
“We are so delighted to have Senator Lesser visit our office. This gives the Rick’s Place Board of Directors and staff the opportunity to thank him, in person, for championing our cause during budget debates. His work led to Rick’s Place being awarded Earmark Funds, in the amount of $25,000, for a second year. He and Representative Angelo Puppolo both work tirelessly on our behalf. The funds were originally vetoed but the veto was overturned as a result of their advocacy. Our appreciation knows no bounds,” said Program Director Diane Murray.
Rick’s Place began following the tragic death of Rick Thorpe, a resident of Wilbraham, who died in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Since it’s founding, Rick’s Place has helped countless children and families learn to manage grief in a compassionate and supportive environment.
Photo: Senator Lesser can be seen with Rick’s Place Board Members: Bill Scatolini, Gina Kahn, and Ken Furst.