Constance F. Evrard and Lawrence T. Gemma ’77 were honored as Partners in Philanthropy
by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island Chapter, at an awards
ceremony held on Nov. 20 at Twin River.
Constance F. Evrard became CCRI Foundation trustee in 2003 and served on the board for nine years. During her tenure, Evrard served as an honorary chair for the Changing Lives Celebration, which raises money for the Community College of Rhode Island to support students and the college. In addition to volunteer work, she is a supporter of CCRI students and has recently created the John Evrard M.D. endowed scholarship in her late husband’s name.
Lawrence T. Gemma ’77 and his company Gem Plumbing & Heating Company have long been supporters of the Community College of Rhode Island and its students. He initially reconnected with the college through the workforce training programs but has stayed active volunteering at the college and serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Gemma and his business were inducted into the Association’s Society of Knights in 2009. Gem Plumbing sends many of its employees to the Plumbing Apprentice program through the college’s Center for Workforce and Community Education.
Each November, local chapters of the Association for Fundraising Professionals set aside one special day to recognize the significant impact of philanthropy. This year, AFP-RI proclaimed Nov. 20, 2015, as National Philanthropy Day in Rhode Island.
The Partner in Philanthropy honor recognizes outstanding volunteers and donors in Rhode Island.