One of the most rewarding experiences of my life has been to be a representative for the Intero Foundation. Gino and the founders of Intero had this amazing idea of giving back to the community from which we earned our living and the Intero Foundation was born. I was inspired by the idea of helping children and was committed to “our mission” from the very beginning. Those who know me well know the foundation is my true passion. It has been the perfect vehicle for me to contribute back to the community which has given so much to me and my family. I truly believe that the opportunity to affect a child’s life in a positive way is a privilege not to be missed. In our current economic environment, the purpose and goals of the Intero Foundation are more important than ever. Children with a positive start in life inevitably have a better chance to grow up and be productive adults. I’ve seen with my own eyes how our foundation’s assistance has made an immediate impact to the programs and children involved. At the end of my life, I want to know that I did everything possible to make a difference. Nurturing these children has been one of the most worthwhile endeavors of my life. Standing before you right now, I am not the same person I was when we started the Intero Foundation. I feel lucky to uphold the principles that created the Intero Foundation.
I want to express my deepest, heartfelt thanks for the support given to our foundation throughout the years. It is indicative of the strong character and quality of human beings in this room that even through challenging times, the contributions have been constant. I urge you to keep the momentum going by continuing your generosity.