The CASF will meet next at 12:30pm on Sunday, November 17, 2019

Luigi’s Restaurant 1357 Hartford Ave, Johnston, RI


The CASF met on Friday, May 17 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, MA. One application was granted $750 and a grant request from Boy Scout Troop 823, a special needs troop from Fitchburg, MA, was granted $1000 to assist with their summer camp for scouts.

The Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund made its annual report at the convention.  A total of $1675 was collected at the Regional Session. Applications are available under the “Applications” tab.

Donations can be made out to The Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund and mailed to Ernie LaPlante, 1 Ventry Dr., Cumberland, RI, 02864

Moore Center Founder Dies

Beverly Arel

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Beverly Arel set out some 60 years ago to find services for her developmentally disabled children and began a mission which has helped thousands of families like hers. Arel, founder of what is now called The Moore Center in Manchester, passed away Nov. 24 at the age of 84. The organization has helped thousands of the developmentally disabled live the lives Arel envisioned for them — happy and in their communities.

“She was one of those people that she didn’t just talk about it, she did something about it,” said Paul Boynton, president and CEO of The Moore Center. “She’s a hero to me.”

Arel led the center for more than 35 years, retiring in 1997. Her retirement was the beginning of a new mission — helping older people enjoy that same independence and happiness in their communities.

Arel’s work started at her kitchen table in the 1950s when pediatricians told her she should consider placing her developmentally disabled son and daughter in an institution. Shari Ferko said her mother wanted more for her brother and sister and gathered other families around the table to start talking about creating services for their children. 

Today, Arel’s kitchen table sits in the lobby of The Moore Center as a tribute to the movement Arel started, Boynton said.

“Before Beverly started her work, there were so many people that we now serve that had no life, no future,” Boynton said. “When you think of what she accomplished, starting at that kitchen table, and the thousands of people she helped, it’s an amazing story.”

CASF Donates


PIP Jim Walsh and Yolande present a check to Chet Bobola, Director of Residential Services and Brenda Aziz, Director of Resource Development

The Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund approved a $1,225 donation to the William J. Moore Center in Manchester, NH. The grant  was for the purchase of 7 Doxie Go Plus Portable Scanners.  The scanners allow their nurses to better protect the private health information of their clients. The Nurses use them for scanning documents when out in the community as they are very efficient and decrease tasks associated with copying documents, emailing, and having to return documents to their previous location. The Doxie Mobile Scanners  for travel between program locations for residential staff.

These machines will assist in preventing any release of Private Health Information, as clients documents will no longer be in staff automobiles as they transport it to and from programs. As such, client documents will not be stored in these machines during travel so no visible client information will be at risk of accidentally being exposed to the public.

Your donations to the CASF are directly responsible for allowing the Fund to grant these types of requests. Over a span of 40 years the CASF has granted to Moore Center nearly $50,000!

Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund

An Opportunity

The Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund is a specially incorporated arm of the Grand Council of New England, Order of United Commercial Travelers of America, recognized and approved by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit charity to receive and dispense tax-exempt funds and other gifts in ways which will improve the care, rehabilitation and education of children and adults who are developmentally disabled.

The fund is named for PSC Chris Antonelli of Providence Council 67, who recognized the need for a regionally oriented means to assist the plight of those who lack the ability to take their rightful place in our society by themselves…who must rely on others, not only for day-to-day necessities, but also for a special educational environment to prepare them for what is, at best, an up-hill struggle which will last through their lifetimes. Brother Chris served as Regional President in 1969-1970. His initial founding contribution, and his continuing generosity and zeal in enlisting the support of others, have made possible the Fund’s growth in effective service in each successive year.

To Honor

The fund is dedicated (but not limited) to the concept that “Every child or adult has the right to be understood, respected and helped.”

Since its inception, the Fund’s Trustees have seen that each and every grant or scholarship awarded has been made to provide financial assistance to institutions, organizations or individuals in the furtherance of education, rehabilitation and improved care of persons with intellectually disabilities. The Trustees serve without compensation, and no travel or lodging expenses are reimbursed. The Fund has no paid employees.

In their deliberations, the Trustees give special attention to the degree of financial need of the applicant, and to the goals of the applicant, ie…tuition expense for aspiring special education teachers, therapists, or nurses, or special homes or camps which provide programs of benefit to persons with developmental disabilities.

Many New England local councils, as well as individuals have found deep satisfaction in making gifts to the Fund. Contributions are tax-deductible, whether they be by cash, check, transfers of stocks or bonds, gifts of valuable objects, legacies, devices or bequests.

And To Serve

Each gift, regardless of size, is meaningful. It becomes a part of the corpus (or body) of the Fund, and will create a part of the earnings which are available each year for disbursement to applicants.

Of particular significance is the Memorial Contribution. By such gifts, the living are served in perpetuity. The life of the departed friend, associate or relative is thereby given more meaning, and the thoughtful esteem of the donor is reflected to the family through a personal acknowledgement.

Gifts may also be made in honor of special achievements…graduation…an anniversary, election to office, etc. Your best wishes to a Brother or Sister who is recuperating from an illness may be expressed through a thoughtful gift to the Fund.

All contributions and gifts will be promptly acknowledged. Notification of your donation will be made to the family (without mention of amount) and a receipt will be forwarded to the donor. “Honor” gifts will be acknowledged to the “Honoree” and similarly receipted.

Whatever form or purpose of your gift to the Fund, you may be assured of its enduring value. Please remember to include the information necessary to ensure proper acknowledgement.

Applications are available under the “Applications” tab and applicants are eligible for each semester of their education including graduate studies.

Grants may be awarded to organizations, agencies, camps or any other service agency that may apply outlining the specific use of such grant.

All applications for scholarships and grant requests must be submitted either by post or e-mail to Alfred Maddalena, 53 Roxbury Ct., Niantic, CT 06357

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