Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau.
LINCOLN, RI — Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Warwick) placed second in a charity blackjack tournament at Twin River casino Thursday, winning $7,500 for Volunteers of Warwick Schools (VOWS).
VOWS is a non-profit corporation that was organized by a group of Warwick citizens and incorporated in 1975. As the Warwick Public Schools’ centrally-directed, district-wide school volunteer management system, VOWS recruits, trains and coordinates volunteers for teacher-requested, teacher-supervised educational activities that offer assistance to students.
Twin River Casino Hotel held its seventh annual Holiday Blackjack Tournament for Charity, donating a total of $60,000 to the designated charities of those who were invited to play.
“VOWS is a wonderful organization that provides so much help to the Warwick School System, particularly with community outreach,” said Representative Solomon. “I’m glad I was able to secure this money for them in Twin River’s annual holiday charity event.”
Representative Solomon joined a complement of legislators, including Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston), Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence), House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick), Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), Rep. Justine A. Caldwell (D-Dist. 30, East Greenwich, West Greenwich), Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence), Sen. Thomas J. Paolino (R-Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield), Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Bristol, Tiverton, Warren), Sen. Frank S. Lombardo III (D-Dist. 25, Johnston), Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket), Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket), Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston), Rep. Michael A. Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket), Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence), Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence) and Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick).
Each player received $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.
McCaffrey came in fifth and received $2,500 for the Rhode Island Academic Decathlon. The money went to the following:
Speaker Mattiello, Cranston Animal Shelter; president Ruggerio, Saint Edward Food and Wellness Center; Leader Shekarchi, Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter; Whip Goodwin, Mary House Food Pantry and Shelter; Senator Paolino, Alzheimer’s Association; Representative Caldwell, Cultural Organization of the Arts; Senator Crowley, Forand Manor Tenants Association; Representative Diaz, Multi-Service Center for All; Senator Felag, Neverland Children Theatre; Senator Lombardo, Operation Stand Down; Senator Conley, Plan International USA; Senator Lynch-Prata, Special Olympics of Rhode Island; Representative Morin, the Milk Fund; Representative O’Brien, the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Representative Slater, West End Community Center; and Representative Serpa, West Warwick Angels Caring for Animals.