Legacy of Bristol boy helps fund
college for Barrington woman
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 16, 1998 -- This is a story of a boy, a woman,
and a philanthropist and how each life touches the other.
Justin Micheal Machado was a fun-loving, 10-year-old Bristol resident,
quick with a smile, always giving things away to others. When Justin read
a newspaper article that philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein was giving
away Babe Ruth baseball cards, Justin begged his mother, Patricia Hunt,
to take him to the Cranston ice cream store where Feinstein and the
cards were. "That's the man in my Good Deeds book," said Justin.
For several Saturdays, Hunt drove Justin and his sisters, Amanda and
Alicia, to collect the baseball cards Feinstein was giving away. Justin
collected two sets whose value in time could help defray the cost of college.
Justin couldn't wait for his Saturday visits with Feinstein. When he
saw the philanthropist, Justin would run and kiss him. Feinstein gave Justin
and his sisters a valuable book about space. A photo was taken.
One day, Justin asked the philanthropist: "When you die, can I take
over your foundation?" Feinstein chuckled and told Justin if he continued
his good works, it just might happen.
Little did anyone know that Justin's good deeds-buying groceries for
the hungry, giving up one Christmas present so that a needy child could
have a merry holiday, leaving Christmas trees on doorsteps-were coming to
A freak accident at home resulted in Justin's death this past January.
Grief stricken and worried, his mom said that Justin came to her in a vision
and told her to call Mr. Feinstein. She did. "He was so kind and caring,"
says Hunt. "Mr.
Feinstein is a guardian angel of all guardian angels. He's the kindest
person I have ever met in my life."
This August, Hunt volunteered her time during the Governor's Bay Day
celebration in Colt State Park in Bristol as she does each year. Working
with Radio Station Light 101 staff, she helped set up, serve hot dogs, and
clean up. "This year, I volunteered in honor of Mr. Feinstein for all
that he has done for the family. It was my small way to thank him."
This past June, Feinstein donated $3-million to the URI Alan Shawn Feinstein
College of Continuing Education in Providence. The gift established a full-day
kindergarten at the Dr. Pat Feinstein Child Development Center, located
on the first floor of the college and also created an endowment for scholarships
for adult learners. Feinstein asked that the scholarships bear the names
of individuals "whose lives were tragically cut short." Feinstein
named one for Justin.
That's where the woman in this story comes in. Luciana Raad of Barrington,
single mother of two-year-old Alexander Raad, is trying to earn her graduate
degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the recipient of The Justin
Micheal Machado Scholarship. Raad attends classes at Feinstein college and
works in the child development center. The 25-year-old also works at Bradley
Hospital to make ends meet. The scholarship means she doesn't have to go
further in debt with loans. Being chosen for Justin's scholarship touches
her. "I'm extremely sensitive when it comes to children," Raad
said, pausing to wipe away her tears. "I'm extremely honored and grateful
for the scholarship."
List of other recipients follow.
Other scholarships, recipients, and hometowns are:
Daryl Denelle of Wakefield Matthew Therien, Narragansett
Timothy Lyons, East Greenwich Linda M. Sheffield, Westerly
David Ricci of Cranston Ruth M. Crawford, Cranston
Charles Yergeau, Portsmouth Janice M. Scherdt, Newport
Carrie Lyn Matheus, Middletown Angel Green, Newport
Tanya Mairs, Wakefield Bianca Rivera, Lincoln
Sara Holmes, Cranston Valaree-Jean Baumgardner, E. Greenwich
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116