Caroline Caprio of Warwick survived a brain tumor in 2013 and has made a full recovery.
On May 5, she organized and held a “Brainstorming For A Cause Fiesta” to raise funds for the Rhode Island Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation, for which she serves as a member of the Board of Directors and chairperson of the fundraising committee.
The event raised in excess of $20,000. Approximately 600 people were in attendance at the Imperial Room at One Rhodes Place in Cranston.
“I have to thank the many people and companies, friends and family that helped out with this event,” Caprio said. “I especially would like Tommy and Kim Sacco of Tommy’s Pizza, who have always been there for me – friends that are family.”
The emcee for the evening was Mary Gwann, who is an activist and scholar as well as well as a good friend of Caprio. Bringing greetings from the city of Warwick was Mayor Joseph Solomon. There was also a special presentation by Caprio’s surgeon, Dr. Prakash Sampath, who is the medical chief of neurosurgery at Roger Williams Medical Center and the founder of the Rhode Island Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation.
The keynote speaker for the event was Frank Caprio, chief judge of Providence Municipal Court. He is Caroline’s first cousin.
Judge Caprio took the time to reflect about his life and provide words of encouragement.
The bands Madhatter and Brother to Brother provided the musical entertainment for the evening. There were also raffles and a live auction.
For more information or to make a donation to the foundation, contact ccaprio212@
gmail.com or 323-5376.