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March 15 - April 2, 2012 - The 10th annual Peter French Memorial
March Madness Pool was again a wonderful event! It is a tribute to Peter that so many friends and others continue to
be loyal pool members each year, eager to support the Peter French Memorial Foundation. With 396 original brackets
and 215 Sweet 16 brackets submitted, the Pool raised $3,883 this year. We truly appreciate the 321 people who
participated. First place in the original pool went to James Grebinski, followed by Dave Foley, Mario Caporale, Lynne
Devaney, Peter Luitwieler, Daniel Ulacco, and Steve Powers. The Sweet 16 pool winner was Kerry Dinneen, with Bill Wolfe, Dianna
Deering, and Dave Hansel coming in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Congratulations to all, whether they relied on college basketball
knowledge or just plain luck! If you'd like to check out the pool website, go to http://peterfrench.hoops.sportsfan.com. Bookmark it and join us next year for more madness!
December, 2011 -
The Peter French Memorial Foundation was able to distribute $4,000 to The Fund for ARVD at Johns Hopkins University for ARVD
research. Although this is an excellent use of the funds, we'd rather a grant go to a needy person. If you know of any of
Peter's friends, classmates, fellow athletes or other young adult in dire need, please contact us.
March 17 - April 4, 2011 - This was the best year yet for
the Peter French Memorial March Madness Pool. It's hard to believe that this was the 9th annual Pool run by members of the
French Family. It was another crazy tournament with a lackluster final game! We had players enter 386 brackets in
the Original Pool and 230 brackets in the Sweet 16 Pool. With half the entry fees going to Peter's Foundation, and further
income from many donations, the Pool raised $3,887 - the most ever! Thank you all who entered and donated. The winner
of the Original Pool was Kristin Volz, followed by Betsy Kean, Steve Powers, Mike Bosco, Ben Davis, Jen Ryan, and Norm Wolbrom.
Krista Sheets won the Sweet 16 Pool, with Kate Fuller Curren, Tom Ribadeneyra, and Richard Crocker coming in 2nd, 3rd, and
4th. Be sure to try your luck in 2012. You may win big money, plus help Peter's Foundation to grow! Here's the link to the
December, 2010 - The Peter French Memorial
Foundation made grants totaling $5,000 to the Sarver Heart Center of the University of Arizona and Johns Hopkins University
for research in ARVD. Please help us find needy recipients who were former friends, classmates, athletes, or simply young
adults in dire need. We know that's where Pete would want the grants to go.
March 18 - April 5, 2010 - Once
again we ran the Peter French Memorial March Madness Pool, the eighth annual. What an exciting and crazy
tournament this year! With all the upsets, most entrants probably felt they would have done better if they'd tossed a coin
to make their picks. It was a very successful fundraiser, with 348 brackets entered in the original pool and 232 brackets
in the Sweet 16 pool. With half of the entry fees going to Peter's Foundation, the pool raised $2,350. The winner of the original
pool was Kimberly Brennan, followed by Charles Sweat, Ed Schultz, Ryan Connolly, Toby Spry, and Alyson Bergin. The Sweet 16
winner was Joe Murphy, with Aly Bergin coming in 2nd, and Bob Deering taking 3rd. Thanks to Van for all his work on
the pool this year. See the website at http://peterfrench.hoops.sportsfan.com.
December, 2009 - The Peter French Memorial Foundation made grants
totaling $5,000 to the Sarver Heart Center of the University of Arizona and Johns Hopkins University for research in ARVD.
Please help us find needy recipients who were former friends, classmates, athletes, or simply young adults in dire need.
We know that's where Pete would want the grants to go.
August 15 & 16, 2009 - The 3rd annual Love to ComPete
3v3 soccer tournament was held again at Skillings Field in Winchester. This was the best year ever, with the tournament
doubling in size to 325 competitors coming from as far away as VT, CT, and RI. There were boys' and girls' divisions in U-10,
U-12, U-14, and high school, along with a men's open division. It was a very busy, hot, and tiring two days, but with
help from our sponsors and our many volunteers, including volunteer referrees, we were able to raise $6,000 for Peter's
Foundation. Check out the website at www.lovetocompete.com.
March 19 - April 6, 2009 - Another great year
for the March Madness Pool! This was the 7th annual basketball fundraiser in memory of Peter. There were 318 brackets entered
in the original pool and 158 brackets in the Sweet 16 pool. The winner of the original pool was Steve Pisarra, followed
by Mary Starck, Maryanne Hughes, Krista Sheets, and TJ Miklus. Jack Quill came in 1st in the Sweet 16 pool, with 2nd place
going to Phil Murray, and Erik McMichael coming in 3rd. With half of the entry fees going to Pete's Foundation, we were
able to raise around $2,000. Thank you to all who participated. Check out the website and see all the standings. Go
to http://peterfrench.hoops.sportsfan.com. Maybe it will inspire you to enter next year.
December, 2008 - The Peter French Memorial Foundation gave
grants totalling $5,000 to Johns Hopkins and the Sarver Heart Center at U. of Arizona for ARVD research. We hope to give grants
next year to a person or persons in dire need. Please send us referrals if you know of a worthy recipient.
Fall, 2008 - Pete's
Winchester High School Class of 1993 had a 15th reunion, during which they held a 50/50 raffle. Half the money collected was
split between Pete's Foundation and another charity. We thank WHS Class of '93 for its kindness and generosity.
August 16 & 17, 2008 - Love To ComPete 2008, the 2nd annual
3v3 soccer tournament, was held at Skillings Field in Winchester. The tournament was a huge success, with close to $5,000
being raised for Peter's Foundation. It included 2 Girls' age groups (U-14 and High School) and 3 Boys' age groups (U-14,
High School, and Open). Feel free to check out the tournament website at www.LoveToCompete.com for all the results, photos, and details on the event. A huge thank you to all the players, volunteers, and sponsors for
making the tournament such a success!
March 20 - April 7, 2008 - It was a great year for the 6th
Annual Peter French Memorial March Madness Pool (run by Chris)! There were 371 entries for the regular pool and 168 entries
for the Sweet 16 Pool. The winner of the regular pool was Jay Legendre, followed by Amy Elsberry, Matt Colangelo, Joe Foley,
John Finnegan, Aidan Montgomery, and Mason Miller. Chris Holman won the Sweet 16 pool, with Van French in 2nd, and Robert
Wile coming in 3rd. Congratulations to the prize winners, and many thanks to all the people who entered. With the entry fees
plus some additional donations, we were able to raise around $2,500 for Peter's Foundation. If your teams didn't do well,
try again next year!
December, 2007 - Two grants were given from the Peter French Memorial
Foundation this year, totalling $5,000. One was to the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona for continued research
in ARVD, and the other was to Johns Hopkins Fund for ARVD. Thank you to all who helped us build the Foundation. Please let
us know if you hear about a person in dire need who could benefit from a grant.
August 18 & 19, 2007 - We switched our Love To ComPete
tournament from basketball to 3 v 3 soccer this year, and it was a big success. There were three divisions of girls' teams
and two divisions of boys'/mens' teams, with 39 teams that entered. The weather was perfect, the volunteers were wonderful,
and the teams had lots of fun. Chris and family were very pleased with the tournament, which besides being fun, raised over
$4,000 for Peter's Foundation.
March 15 - April 17, 2007 - Chris ran another great March
Madness pool (his 5th), which had 342 entries in the regular pool. The top seven people won prizes. They were (from 1 to 7)
Jay Higgins, Rich Cody, Chris Hehn, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lynne Fussteig, Andy Nolan, and Nield Montgomery. The Sweet 16 pool
had 136 entries, with prizes going to Sean Dowling, Chris Hehn, and Laura Davis. Thanks to all who entered, Pete's Foundation
made over $2,000.
December, 2006 - The trustees of the Peter French Memorial Foundation
were pleased to be able to give two grants totalling $4,000 this year, one to Johns Hopkins Medicine to fund continued
research in ARVD and the other to the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona to help fund a critical symposium on
ARVD in May of 2007.
Saturday, October 28 - Mike Morris presented
another of his famous benefit Halloween Parties. Each year he donates all proceeds to charity, and this year the Peter French
Memorial Foundation was a beneficiary of half of the proceeds, totalling $1300. Many thanks to Mike (and to Van, for volunteering
to DJ for the night).
August 26, 2006 - The 5th annual Peter French Memorial Golf Tournament
was held at the Jamestown Golf Course in RI. Van again organized this fun tournament, where lots of Pete's friends got together
for a day /weekend back in the old haunts of Newport. After a competitive match among the nine foursomes, the winning team
was "Better Without JK", including Rob Thatford, CJ (Chris Joseph), Mike Morris, and Ken J. They ended up -4 in this "best
ball" tourney. A barbeque followed, with a raffle for 4 Celtics tickets (courtesy of Julie DelMastro). All proceeds went
to Pete's Foundation. Hopefully, this jovial tradition will continue, though probably it will move to Massachusetts.
August 12, 2006 - Chris again organized and directed Love To ComPete,
the 2nd annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament, which was held at the Manchester Field courts in Winchester. Teams from the Greater
Boston area competed in two divisions - boys' high school and men's open. The open division winners were Team Netgain, led
by former Miami star Anthony Taylor. The winners of the high school division were the Silver Palate, a group from Chelmsford
High School. We had quite a few sponsors this year, so we were able to raise about $2,800 for Pete's Foundation. Many thanks
go to Coach Quinton Dale (Pete's H.S. coach) for helping with the planning and day-of organization. Our volunteers were a
tremendous help, and we especially appreciate the time Pete's close friend Dean McClearn put in. For more information,
visit the tournament website at http://www.LoveToCompete.com.
March 12 - April 3, 2006 - Chris organized the 4th Annual Peter French
Memorial March Madness Pool. For the 4th straight year, the number of participants increased as this year's total reached
292. With half of everyone's entry fee going to the Foundation and other generous donations along the way, we were able to
raise $2,645. Many thanks to everyone who participated! For more information on the tournament, check out the pool website
December, 2005 - Since there were no applicants for temporary financial assistance,
the Foundation was able to disburse $2,000 to Johns Hopkins Medicine for ARVD Research. We hope that you will continue to
keep the Foundation in mind for any possible future recipients (see Foundation page for eligibility requirements).
November 23, 2005 - A metal sculpture of Peter was dedicated outside
McCall Middle School as a gift to Mr French. It shows a likeness of Pete in action that many of you will recognize.
We wish to thank the Winchester ABC (A Better Chance) Program for sponsoring the fundraising effort that led to the sculpture,
the Department of Public Works for placement in the ground, and especially Madeleine Lord, the highly talented sculptress
who donated her services for this project and did such a marvelous job of capturing Peter's spirit.
August 27, 2005 - Van organized the 4th annual Peter French Memorial
Golf Tournament. It was held again at the Jamestown, RI Golf Course, with eight teams of four playing "best ball" format.
Defending champs, "Who's Your Caddie" were considered the favorites but it was two other teams who tied for the lead after
nine holes. A tie-breaking putt off was held at the putting green with "The Dongs" (Travis, Brian, Ian, and Brett) emerging
as the new champions. A cookout was held at the course immediately following the tournament for all the participants. In addition
to the BBQ, there was a Beirut tourney and a raffle for 4 floor seats to a Celtics game (thanks to Julie DelMastro!).
All proceeds went to the Peter French Memorial Foundation. The weather was perfect and the all the people who came down to Newport to participate made it a great day. We look forward to doing it again next year.
August 6, 2005 - Chris organized and directed HoopFest 2005: Love
To ComPete, a 3 v 3 basketball tournament at the newly renovated outdoor courts in Winchester. Players came from all
over the Greater Boston area to compete in the two divisions - Boys' High School and Men's Open.
After a very competitive
day of basketball, the Men's Open champions were Brian Keefe (WHS's all-time leading scorer), Quinton Dale (current WHS varsity
coach and former Northeastern star), and Jason Noel and Mike Williams (two of Bryant College's all-time leading scorers).
The Boys' High School champions were Mike Marinella, Freemon Romero, Sam Davidson, and Sal Abdo (a collection of St. Mark's
players). The 3-Point Contest was won by Jeremy Currier (a former New Hampshire High School State Player of the Year who led
the nation in 3-point shooting while at Endicott College) and the Free Throw Contest was won by Mansfield's Mike Vaughan.
Peter who put in a lot of effort recruiting players and also playing in the event were Brian Keefe, Kirk Minihane, Jamie
Morrison, and Quinton Dale (Pete's WHS coach). All proceeds from the tournament (just under $1,300) went to
the Peter French Memorial Foundation. For all results, pictures from the event, and further information, visit the tournament
website at http://www.LoveToCompete.com.
Men's Open Champions - (L-R) Brian Keefe, Jason Noel, Mike
Williams, and Quinton Dale
Boys' High School Champions - (L-R) Sam Davidson, Sal Abdo,
Mike Marinella, and Freemon Romero
(L-R) 3-Point Contest winner Jeremy Currier and Free Throw
Contest winner Mike Vaughan
March 13 - April 4, 2005 - Chris organized the 3rd Annual Peter
French Memorial March Madness Pool, which was once again a big success. With half of everyone's entry fee going to the foundation
and other donations along the way, the pool raised around $1,600 for the Peter French Memorial Foundation. A record number
of people participated this year, so hopefully it will continue to grow each year! For more details, you can look at the pool's
website at http://peterfrench.basketballpool.net.
December, 2004 - Since there were no applicants for temporary
financial assistance, the Foundation was able to disburse $2,000 to Johns Hopkins Medicine for ARVD Research. We hope that
you will continue to keep the Foundation in mind for any possible future recipients (see Foundation page for eligibility requirements).
November 22, 2004 - Chris made "Cursed To
First: The Playoff Ride of the 2004 Boston Red Sox," a 50-minute musical slideshow on both CD and DVD. All proceeds from the
sales went to the Peter French Memorial Foundation. After selling over 200 DVD's and 20 CD's, roughly $3,000 was
raised (see photo below for more information).
August 28, 2004 - Vandy organized the 3rd Annual Peter French
Memorial Golf Tournament, which was held again at the Jamestown Golf Course in Jamestown, Rhode Island. After a fun afternoon
of "best ball" play, "Who's Your Caddie" (Ted Keenan, Dan Hennessy, Ned Burke, and Eric Poydar) came out on top of the nine-team
March 18 - April 5, 2004 - Chris organized the 2nd Annual Peter
French Memorial March Madness Pool. An amazing 196 people participated in this year's pool, with Mike McDonough winning the
$500 first place prize (Allison Abate, Chris Young, Zac Kraft, and Tim Chrystal rounded out the top 5 cash prizes). Just as
last year, half of everyone's entry fee went to the winner's pool and the other half went to the Foundation. That total, along
with many extra generous donations, allowed us to raise just under $2,000 for the Foundation. We hope to improve on that number
next year, so if you, or someone you know, would like to participate next year, contact Chris to be placed on next year's
August 2, 2003 - The 2nd Annual Peter W. French Memorial
Golf Tournament was held at the Jamestown Golf Course in Jamestown, Rhode Island, organized by Vandy. Fifteen teams
of four participated in this "best ball" format of play, which was followed by a barbeque at the clubhouse. The golf
may not have been too great, but the fun and fellowship made up for it.
May 17, 2003 - Dean McClearn and Vandy organized the Stu
2 Booze Cruise, which was both a fundraiser for the Peter French Memorial Foundation and a great night out on Boston Harbor.
A huge turnout of friends and supporters made it a fun and successful event.
April 29, 2003 - A Service of Remembrance was held at
the First Congregational Church in Winchester, during which family and friends read poems and shared memories. A casual
buffet dinner followed.
April 21, 2003 - Mike Quaranto, Jon Kalagher, and Jackie Carr
ran the Boston Marathon in Peter's memory. Out of the thousands of runners, Mike and JK, who each had a picture of Pete on
the back of his shirt, spotted a girl in a "4 Pete" shirt, who turned out to be Jackie.
March 20 - April 7, 2003 - Peter's brother Chris organized
the 1st Annual Peter French Memorial March Madness Pool, in which 172 people participated in a pool/fundraiser. Each participant
paid an entry fee and the total sum of the money was divided in half. Half the money went to the top 5 finishers
in the pool and the other half was donated to the Peter W. French Memorial Fund. Thanks to such an amazing response and
overwhelming generosity, we were able to add around $1,500 to the fund. Chris hopes to carry on the success of this year's
pool and make it a yearly tradition.
December 21, 2002 - The annual Winchester High School Alumni
Basketball Game was dedicated in part to Peter. Each team wore shirts with P.W.F. printed on the back. Over 20 alumni showed
up to play in the game, as well as a significant crowd to support the game. Mark Sullivan and Kirk Minihane spear-headed the
fundrasing effort and were able to make a nice donation to the Peter W. French Memorial Fund.
October 13, 2002 - Jackie Carr ran the 26.2 mile Chicago
Marathon in memory of Peter. She also plans to run the Boston Marathon in the spring, again in his memory.
September 24, 2002 - The McCall students of 2001-2002 dedicated
a bench in the front of McCall Middle School (of which Mr. French is the principal) in loving memory of Peter. Members
of the 2002 graduating 8th Grade Student Council, the Student Council Advisors, and McCall parents participated in the
dedication, as well as Mr. and Mrs. French.
September 14, 2002 - Shaun Oliver and Amy Hall (as "Team
Frenchy") raised more than $1,800 for the American Heart Association in memory of Peter by participating in the American
Heart Walk, a 6-mile walk through Boston.
August 12-16, 2002 - The annual Winchester Junior Tennis
Tournament was held in memory of Peter. The article in the local papers stated: "This year's tournament will be dedicated
to the memory of Peter French. Peter was a past winner of the tournament in both singles and doubles. Peter was a good tennis
player, but most importantly he set a great example by his good sportsmanship and good behavior both on and off the tennis
court. He will be missed by all who played tennis with him, as well as all who knew him."
July 27, 2002 - The First Annual Peter W. French Memorial
Golf Tournament was held at the Jamestown Golf Course in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Fifteen teams of four enjoyed the event,
which was organized by Vandy and included a nine-hole competition with prizes and a barbeque.