Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation
It’s hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since Lauren left us. She lived her life to the fullest in the short eighteen years she was with us. Her love of life was contagious, and her presence could light up any room. Sadly, we will never have the opportunity to know what might have been for Lauren.
When Lauren passed from a brain tumor in 2007, we knew that we had to do something to keep her memory alive. We knew that in some way it had to involve giving back to others. Not long after she passed, work began on the development of The Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation, which gives back to others in so many ways. We knew it was what Lauren would have wanted.
Thanks to the generosity of so many throughout the years the foundation has raised over $250,000. What began as an annual fundraiser has morphed into ongoing donations from so many individuals that continue to come in each year. This private foundation is able to utilize one hundred percent of contributions received to support the core mission of the foundation. For those that don’t know the foundation's mission is quite simple. It covers those things that were most precious to Lauren.
The Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships to assist graduating and continuing students whose studies will be in the disciplines of medicine, music/theater and culinary arts, while also providing funding for families battling pediatric cancer from Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts through the Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Additionally, the foundation supports local music/theater groups annually.
To date the foundation has awarded over $45,000 in scholarships, $21,000 to music/theater programs and $37,500 to assist families battling childhood cancer during each holiday season through The Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
The most recent recipients of the Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation Scholarship include:
2021 Hailey Martins, Johnson & Wales University, Health Sciences Zion Hall, Dean College, Musical Theater
2022 Rheana Jean Cappuccio, Sacred Heart University, Health Sciences Zion Hall, Dean College, Musical Theater
Contributions to the foundation can be mailed to:
The Lauren Zarembka Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 154544
Riverside RI 02915
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