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Gloria Gemma Donates to Rhode Island’s Women’s Cancer Screening Program

PAWTUCKET, RI – The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting the first annual Pink Ribbon Tea at the State House and presented a check to the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Women’s Cancer Screening Program (WCSP), in the amount of $17,760, from the sale of the Ribbon of Hope license plate.

This is the second check given from the sale of license plates, which hit the road in September of last year. The initial check was for $18,500. With a one-time fee of $41.50 for the license plate, $20.00 from each license plate is donated to WCSP and $21.50 covers the production costs. The Foundation receives no money from the sale of this specialty plate; in fact, it actually costs the local organization to process the orders. In addition, the Foundation has been providing support to the WCSP since 2011, and to-date has given the state organization over $86,000.

The WCSP has provided no-cost pelvic exams, Pap tests, HPV tests, clinical breast exams and mammograms to eligible Rhode Island women since 1995. They also cover the cost of many diagnostic tests. And, with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, WCSP made changes to its program to help eligible insured women pay their deductibles and co-insurances for procedures related to breast and/or cervical follow-up diagnostic care.

“The need for the type of assistance that the Women’s Cancer Screening Program provides is great in Rhode Island. We are contacted often by Rhode Island women who need this kind the types of services they [WCSP] provide,” said executive director of the Foundation, Maria Gemma.

For more information on the foundation and how to purchase a Ribbon of Hope license plate, please visit www.gloriagemma.org.

Secretary of State Gorbea to honor five RI Civic Leaders

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will present four individuals and one institution with the 2015 NASS Medallion Award during a ceremony on Thursday, September 17 at 3:30PM in the State House.

The NASS Medallion award was created to recognize outstanding public service and civic engagement. Each Secretary of State is given the opportunity to award up to five NASS Medallions each year to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated remarkable civic leadership in their state.

This year’s honorees are: State Senator Hanna M. Gallo; Nicholas Capobianco of the St. Mary’s Feast Society; the Center for Southeast Asians in Providence; Pilar McCloud of the NAACP Providence; and Jan Ruggiero, Assistant Clerk at the North Providence Board of Canvassers.

The event will take place in the State Room and will begin promptly at 3:30PM.

 

WHO:         Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea

State Senator Hanna M. Gallo

Nicholas Capobianco

Center for Southeast Asians in Providence

Pilar McCloud

Jan Ruggiero

WHAT:              Secretary Gorbea to honor Rhode Island civic leaders 

WHEN:             Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:30 PM
WHERE:           Rhode Island State House, State Room – 82 Smith St, Providence RI

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