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Striving to make a difference!

the stephen marra foundation was formed in 2012 to continue the dedicated community work of Stephen P. Marra, restaurateur and philanthropist. In following the goals of Stephen, the foundation will endure to help the Rhode Island community in a broad humanitarian manner, aiding the homeless, the sick and aging, and the disadvantaged—both human and animal. All suffering sentient creatures deserve relief from daily trials.

The Foundation will be here to offer help whenever possible, to make life more enjoyable and to shape our world into a better place in which to live.

2014 Annual 5K Road Race

The 2014 SMF 5K was a huge success and we had over 300 registrants!  The 2014 race was to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which received 50% of the proceeds! 

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.

The balance of the funds from the 5K will be used to support our monthly charity drives. The foundation supports a local charity each month with donation drives to secure much needed items as well as funds to assist with local charitable programs. In 2014 our drives have included support for Crossroads RI, the RI Community Food Bank, the RI Department of Veterans Affairs, Surfers Healing: a free surf camp for children with autism and many more.  We will continue our local support in the community throughout 2015.

2015 Beer Tasting

This year we are planning our first beer tasting!  This event will benefit Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital Foundation and is hosted by the Grille on Main! Please check in for updates on this new event!

2014 Annual 5K Road Race

Our annual 5K Race has been scheduled for Sunday, November 8, 2015! This year's race will, once again benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and is hosted by the Grille on Main! The race is run on a certified 5K loop through Historic East Greenwich beginning and ending at The Grille on Main. Following the race is a party held for the runners, sponsors and volunteers.  Registration information will be posted when available!

The success of this event depends not only on the excitement generated by the racers themselves, but also on the many fine sponsors who provide financial assistance and volunteers who participate in this event.  See you on race day!

In the News

The East Greenwich Pendulum's journalist, James Bessette reports on the Foundation's and the Grille's participation in AIDS Project RI Grille on Main to participate in benefit for AIDS Project R.I.:

"Patrons who plan on dining at The Grille on Main on April 24 will see a portion of their dinner bills going toward AIDS Project Rhode Island, which has provided HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, as well as assistance for those living with the disease, for more than three decades.

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up a copy of the East Greenwich Pendulum.”

RhodyBeat's journalist, Jessica Botelho reports on last years Wine & Song event in her story Marra’s Loved Ones Carry On His Giving Spirit Through Foundation:

“My family has always been philanthropic and Steve really led that,” Michael said. “My parents, my sister and myself continue to do the same type of work to support the organizations he supported, and some additional ones. It makes us feel really good to give back to the community, and continue doing the things he believed in.”

In Memoriam

The Stephen P. Marra Memorial Scholarship offered through RIHA is awarded to a deserving Rhode Islander continuing their education toward a career in the foodservice, lodging, or tourism industries.

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How do I help?

  • Join us at an event
  • Volunteer at the 5K
  • Offer your professional services
  • Spread the word
  • Donate goods to a drive
  • Donate goods for an auction