Maryann Loprete lived to give back.
"She was so highly motivated to help the lives of others," her mother Angela remembers.
Since Maryann's life was cut short at 27 in an accident in 2010, while riding with an alleged alcohol-impaired driver, her family has dedicated itself to carrying on her life's cause. The Lopretes have established the Maryann Loprete Memorial Foundation "to help raise money for various charities and scholarships to continue the work Maryann started before she died," according to the organization's website.
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One of the scholarships the foundation has created is the Maryann Loprete Memorial Scholarship which awards $1,000 to a graduate of who attends college in Connecticut and studies education, communication, public relations, writing, or English-- subjects that were Maryann's academic passions. Maryann graduated from the high school with honors in 2000.
To fund the scholarship, the foundation will sponsor the 2nd annual Maryann Loprete Memorial Scholarship Softball Game on Sunday Aug. 26 at with a rain date of Sept. 1. The event will consist of two games, one at 10 a.m. and the second at 12:30 p.m. Free barbecue sandwiches as well as other food will be provided to all players.
The cost to participate in the game is $25 and proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund as well as other charities to which Maryann contributed. Angela Loprete cites "ones supporting treatment of muscular dystrophy" as probable recipients of the extra money raised, and some will also likely be given to organizations that serve the homeless, another group Maryann was committed to helping.
A raffle will also be held at the event. Items to be raffled include gift cards and gift baskets, with proceeds again being given to Maryann's favorite, charitiable causes.
Anyone interested in playing should contact Angela Loprete at 860-944-0354, Joseph Loprete at 860-328-1602, or Mickey Perez at 917-747-7359.