On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the Tramuto Foundation celebrated a landmark 15-Year anniversary in the heart of its hometown, Ogunquit, Maine. For a decade and a half, this NGO has made its mission to “hear human need” and invest in the futures of both individuals and like-minded organizations.
Health eVillages, one of the several beneficiaries for this event, was in attendance to hear the inspiring story of Founder/Chairman, Donato Tramuto, who created the foundation after losing his dear friends in the attacks on 9/11. Instead of retreating into personal anguish, he channeled this tragic event into building a Foundation that would serve not only as a memorial to his friends, but as a launchpad for young Maine residents seeking the chance to continue their education into college.
After years of providing scholarships, the Foundation expanded to support other organizations pursuing the opportunity to do good, (RFK Human Rights, Frannie Peabody Center, Boston University of Public Health and the Ogunquit Museum of Modern Art, just to name a few.) I had the privilege of helping to tell the story of the Tramuto Foundation by creating the following video, which screened for an audience of 325 people who attended the event.
Our own Executive Director, Bonnie Schirato, and Project Coordinator, Kathryn Eaton, were featured in this video presentation to speak to the good work being channeled through Health eVillages with Tramuto Foundation’s support. Kathryn, who in fact received a scholarship from the Tramuto Foundation in 2009, shared her personal story on stage during an inspiring Q&A session with other scholarship recipients. The common theme was tangible – Tramuto Foundation seeks those with potential and gives them the resources to unleash their full abilities.
Donato has stated on many occasions, “we’re not looking to do great things, just small things that can affect great change.” At Health eVillages, we are honored to be able to play our small part in affecting great change and we congratulate the Tramuto Foundation on 15 years of shaping a better and more just world.