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Students and Alumni Shine at Our 2016 Believe Breakfast – Slideshow




An enthusiastic audience of nearly 300 people helped us celebrate our 2016 Believe Breakfast at the Providence Marriott Downtown on Thursday November 17! We honored four distinguished supporters, shared good news about our impact on college readiness and success in Rhode Island, and heard inspiring speeches from Crusaders. At left, College Crusade president & CEO Andrew Bramson congratulates Dr. Warren Simmons, recipient of the 2016 Dr. Americo W. Petrocelli Distinguished Service Award. Below, Andrew congratulates Crusade alums Gloria Benson ’03 and Dereck Mendoza ’05, recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. (A third alumni honoree, Lydel Hall ’03 was not available for photos.)


Student speakers for the event (below from left) were Shaunice Afriyieb, Jeremy Garcia, and Linmary DaRosa. They captivated our audience with comments about their experience as Crusaders, their deep and abiding relationships with our Advisory staff, and their dreams for the future. “Being a Crusader is a privilege,” said Shaunice, an eighth grader from Pawtucket. “It makes you understand things you haven’t seen before. It changes your character. The programs get you thinking about who you are and who you want to be. It’s like a family that you want to be a part of.”

The Believe Breakfast celebrates the dedication of educators, state policymakers, business leaders, philanthropic organizations, community agencies, and families to supporting the academic and career success of Rhode Island’s young people. Honorary co-chairs for 2016 were Nicholas C. Donohue, President & CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and Dr. Donald Farish, President of Roger Williams University. We thank these generous sponsors for making our event possible:

• Founding sponsors: Nellie Mae Education Foundation and Weybosset Research and Management, LLC.
• Believe Sponsors: H. Carr & Sons, Inc., and Home Loan Investment Bank.
• Support Sponsors: Books on the Square, CollegeBoundbaby, Cox Communications, Pawtucket Credit Union, Providence College, and RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals.
• Inspire Sponsors: Brown University, Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University, Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, University of Rhode Island, and Yarlas, Kaplan, Santilli, Moran, Ltd.

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