EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — The inaugural “Gianna Cirella Memorial Fund Dress Drive” was held Saturday morning to help raise sepsis awareness.
The event was held at the First Baptist Church in East Greenwich.
Gianna’s mother, Tara Cirella, said the event is both good for the community, while also raising money for Hasbro’s Children Hospital to help fight the disease.
“It helps us because we can do something good with the dresses we spent big money on and it helps the community because it gives them an option to not spend hundreds of dollars on dresses,” Tara said.
Gianna was 16 years old when she died of sepsis in 2017. She was a junior at Toll Gate High School and a goalie on the soccer team wearing number 12.
“We price the dresses all at $12, which is significant to us, and all of the donations from that will go directly into the Memorial Fund,” Tara added. “This is sepsis awareness month so it was a perfect month to do it with the kids going back to school, so it all circles back around to what we are trying to do which is raise sepsis awareness.”
To learn more about The Gianna Cirella Memorial Fund, visit the organization’s website.