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CCRI’s annual Changing Lives Celebration to honor Reed, Winters and Honeywell

Oct. 13, 2010

CCRI The CCRI Foundation will hold its fourth annual “Changing Lives Celebration,” honoring three outstanding community leaders while raising funds to help even more students achieve their dreams.

The Foundation will honor U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Roberta J. Winters and Honeywell as leaders in community, education and business, respectively, during an event held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Liston Campus in Providence.

The event will feature wine and beer as well as hors d’oeuvres from Russell Morin Fine Catering and include music by CCRI students. Silent and live auction items – including a one-week stay at a timeshare resort in Idaho,gift baskets from academic departments, tickets to cultural events, dinner with CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale and more – also will also be available.

Tickets to the event cost $65. Corporate and individual sponsorships are available. For tickets and more information, call 333-7150.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed

As Rhode Island’s senior U.S. Senator, Jack Reed has earned a reputation for being an effective legislator who delivers for Rhode Island and the community college. 

“CCRI students come from all different backgrounds, ages, and incomes and study a diverse range of subjects,” Sen. Reed said. “But everyone who comes here has access to a first-rate faculty, world-class facilities, and the opportunity to succeed. CCRI doesn’t just help individuals change their lives, it helps them build their futures and strengthens our community in the process. I am proud to support CCRI because it is vital to Rhode Island’s long-term economic prosperity, now and in the future.”

Sen. Reed was born and raised in Cranston. He earned an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971. Reed served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry Platoon Leader, a Company Commander, and a Battalion Staff Officer and went on to receive degrees from Harvard’s Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. 

In 1982, he graduated from Harvard Law and practiced law before embarking on a career in public service that took him to the Rhode Island State Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Reed has directed hundreds of millions of dollars back to the state to bolster Rhode Island’s economy, improve state infrastructure, and put more people to work.

He also serves on the Armed Services Committee; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Sen. Reed is married to Julia Hart Reed. They have a daughter, Emily, and live in Jamestown.

CCRI will honor Roberta Jenkins Winters at its annual Changing Lives Celebration on Oct. 21, 2010.Roberta Jenkins Winters
In 2001, Roberta Jenkins Winters established a scholarship in memory of her son, Jonathan Grohsgal, shortly after he passed away. Winters and her late husband, Arthur, chose to establish the scholarship at CCRI to support inner-city students who could not afford the cost of an education. The scholarship currently has more than $85,000.

“The foremost college in our state provides Rhode Island with an exceptionally well-educated workforce,” Winters said.

On her 71st birthday, Winters chose to conduct a 71-mile bike-a-thon around the San Francisco Bay area by asking friends and family to support her with donations to CCRI. She prepared and trained for more than two years to accomplish her goal. She previously served as co-chair of the college’s first comprehensive campaign, raising more than $400,000 to renovate the Dental Hygiene Clinic. 

Winters received a bachelor’s degree in education at Kean College in New Jersey with Summa Cum Laude honors. She worked as a teacher and in the legal profession before becoming a real estate agent. She serves on the board of directors at the Learning Community Charter School.

Winters has since married Robert Winters. They have homes in Sanibel Island, Fla., Boston and Block Island.

Honeywell will be honored at the Community College of Rhode Island's annual Changing Lives Celebration on Oct. 21, 2010.Honeywell
Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address challenges linked to safety, security and energy. The company is a leading manufacturer of aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; power generation systems; specialty chemicals; fibers; plastics and other materials.

A longtime supporter of CCRI, Honeywell has contributed to CCRI’s Ferland/DiMaria Student Assistance Scholarship since 1993. The company also has supported CCRI activities such as the Fall Golf Classic, Alumni Association golf tournament and the Changing Lives Celebration. 

Honeywell traces its roots back to 1885, when an inventor named Albert Butz patented the furnace regulator and alarm. The company name was officially changed to Honeywell Inc. in 1963, even though it had been casually referred to as such for nearly 40 years. Six years later, Honeywell instruments helped U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin land on the moon.

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