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Excerpted from [PBN – November 2 – 2010 – PROVIDENCE]

Thanks-gathering Group Picture

Volunteers, Board and Staff celebrate Clinica Esperanza opening at permanent site, 60 Valley Street, Olneyville

EpiVax CEO Annie De Groot was one of 10 individuals honored by the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative’s Local Heroes program for her volunteerism and civic engagement on November 2, 2010.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation made a $5,000 donation for each honoree to a nonprofit of their choice. The 2010 Rhode Island Local Heroes and their selected nonprofits were: Brother Lawrence Goyette of Providence, San Miguel School; Katherine Ferguson McKenzie of Providence, Christmas for Everyone Starts with You; Brother Michael Reis of Providence, Tides Family Services; and Clay Rockefeller of Providence, the Steel Yard and Annie De Groot and Clinica Esperanza / Hope Clinic.

“Through our Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, we are helping to generate meaningful and cumulative economic and social impact at the local level where it’s needed most,” said William F. Hatfield, Bank of America’s Rhode Island market president. “In Rhode Island and across the country, we are leveraging the combined strength of our philanthropy and lending and investing initiatives to help set opportunity in motion for organizations, families, individuals and entire neighborhoods.”

For more information on Clinica Esperanza / Hope Clinic, which is one of the organizations that EpiVax supports, go to http://www.aplacetobehealthy.org.