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Don't give up the ship


Our Mission

Don't give up the ship

At the Edward Riccio Foundation, our mission is to honor Edward Riccio's life by acts of community and charity.


Throughout the year we hold fundraising events to benefit causes that were dear to Eddie's heart including mental health programs, cancer research, and the ongoing fight against domestic and sexual violence.

Supporting the mental health of Connecticut veterans and first responders to improve the mental health resources that are available and to prevent suicide.

There is a uniqueness to the veteran/first responder mental health that only other vets can comprehend. Our goal is to help create a community of veterans and first responders through events and peer support groups to fight the veteran suicide epidemic together.

Fundraising for cancer research and awareness has been the driving force for starting The Edward Riccio Foundation.

We are supporting nationally acclaimed research organization such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and organizations local to the Connecticut shoreline like the Smillow Cancer Center to support them by raising money to find a cure for cancer.

One of the greatest injustices in the world is domestic/sexual violence.  On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. On average 1 person is sexually assaulted every 73 second in the US. 

Our goal is to raise money to bring awareness to domestic/sexual violence issues and advocate for resources for survivors. 

Why Don't Give Up The Ship?

The phrase, "Don't give up the ship," was first coined be Captain James Lawrence.  He uttered it in the last minute of his life during a naval battle off the coast of Boston in 1813.  Since then it has been the unofficial slogan of the United States Navy and one of Americas most memorable war time slogans. 

So why do  we use it?  Well, partially to being a Navy family but, mostly what it means to our foundation.  Don't give up the ship reminds us that no matter what we are fighting for, whether it's veteran/first responder mental health resources, cancer research, or domestic/sexual violence awareness we will not give up.  We will continue to fight on in Eddies name and make this world just a little better one battle at a time. 

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