List of Donors

Mamma Rosa


Cesare Luciana e Giorgio Aimar

The Kane Family

Michaela and Cassandra Kane

Helena Froehlic and family

The Lang family

The Place family

Russ Olevsky

The Dublin family

The Adams family

The Kramer family

The Wasser family

The Wu family

Donald Eoin Reilly

The Gupta family

The Dimitriou family

The Halfman family

Joanne Lutz & Mark Lesses

The Manzella and Georgiopolus Family

The Butler family

The Fallon family

The DeJesus family

The Kaufman family

The Reyes family

The Robelen Family

Majlis Jalkio

The Young Family

The Carter Family

The Fisherman Family

Anne Kubik and The Krupka Family

The Spencer Family

The Chen Family

The Sondergaard Jensens Family

The Martinez Family

The Conrad Family

The Kohane Family

The Aroian Family

The Asmus Family

The Cohen Family

The Vasil family

The Joyce Family

The Patykowski Family

The Bennets

Katherine Dibble

The Wang Family

The McDonough Family

Lily Collins and The Collins Family

The Hallal and Brightbill Family

The Walske Family

The Ng Family

Kellie Ng

The Theodore Family


Si On

Elizabeth Crowley

McGoldrick Family

The Berkenblit Family

The Kierstead Family

The Low Family

Diego Gianoglio

The Colman Lerner Family


Kathy Lin

Elena Ksikan and Family

Isabelle and Sophie Lefebvre

The Vezza family

Suzanne Freitag and Family

Ryoko Tokoro and Family

The Baker Family

Selina Pandolfi and Family

Tracie Longman and the Kanojia Family

The Starr Family

Scott Hayes

Amy Brand and Family

The Keravuori Family

Esta Epstein and Family

Betsy Graves Akerstein

The Cohen and Fredman Family

Ponte Lucia e Ponte Pina

The Ghemawat Family

Sabrina Halloran and Family

Kefira Allen and Family

The Nicholson Family

The Zupancic Family

The Friedman Family

David Gross

The Huang Family

The Philbin Family

The Hsiao Family

Luz Hornicek and Family

Francesca Sirignano and Family

Emma Caponi and Family

The Quinn Family

Richie Ladue

The Cotney Family

Sarita Uribe Hall and Family

Roland St. Jean and Orlando Della Valle

Olga Mederova, Alex and baby Charlie

the Beker family

The Shanahan Family

Amy Barnett and Family

The Toone Family

The Compaine Family

The Costello Family

The Perry Family

The Powers Family

The Thomas Family

Peter Lachman

The Samaraweera Family

The Caldicott Family

the Nystrom Family

The Goodrich Family

Richard Monaghan and Neila Monahan

The Sconyers Family

George Moccia and Doug Hill


The Terpstra Family

The Monoghan and Allen Family


Amelia Rhee

The Lassar Family


Barbara Bower & Family

Lia e Mauro Costa

Hannah Joyce

Vince Porgi

The Miller Family

The Heier Family

The Schiciano family

The Gautam Family

Andra Hotchkiss and Family

Ludovica Mottura e Famiglia

Eliza Fortenbaugh and Family

Mimi and Robert Ferrell


Jennifer Gonzalez & Family

Maya Chakar

The Blum Family

Beatrice Affron and Family

The Russell Family

Meg Gurnon and Family

Estelle Lung and Family

The Mulcahy Family

The Kuznetsova Family

Sophie Li and Family

Worth Douglas

Michael Graf and Family

The Rozzo family

The Donovan Family

The Boasberg Bierly Family

Katie Chuang & Family

The Jackson Saitz Family

The Detemple and Knight Family

Grace Smith and Lila Newberry

Louise Bonegio and Family

Raina and Leslie Stacks

Jonathan Borstein and Family

The Xiaoduo Fan Family

The Recht Family

Tim Kochems Pam McCormick

Ed and Emily Crowley

Cindy Mc Donough

Heather Horniceck

Carol an Paul Coradeschi

Nicholas Bae and Family

Mariam and Family

Elizabeth Wing Lau & Family

Chelsea Mabbott and Family

The Lessard Family

The Langenfeld Family

The Kay Family

The Cooney Family

The Matsumoto Family

Tom Elliot and Jinny

Cynthia Phoel and Family

James Mc Guire and Stephen Coy

The Farokhzad Family

The Griswold Family

Jeremy Stark and Lucia Colombaro

The Tracey Kaiser Family in honor of Boston Ballet Colleagues

Meredith Ross and Family

The DiAdamo Family The Ames Hirschfeld Family, The Tarantino Family, The Winslow Family, The Clarkson Glick Family

Nora Coradeschi

Ember Waldman and Family

The Vachon Family

The Connolly Family

The Wagner Family

Bobby, Carmen, Thomas and Rosemary Cheng

Geoffrey Steadman and Dani Maddon

Michelle Duckhorn and Family

Jim Baxter

Janice Tabin and Family

The Lydon family

Rosemary Cheng and Family

Evelyn Rose Harper and Family

Sofia Yee and Waebworth and Family

Christopher Woodward

Kathryn Lee and Family

Thomas Ladue

The Steedle Family

The Robinson Family

GBA District in honor of Joanne Fantini

Joanne Fantini and Family

In Honor of Julia, Grace and Charlotte Davis on their Baptism

In Honor of Zoey Steinberg on her baby naming

Mira Krish and Family

Dale Becker and Scott

Frank Atktinson

Debbie Reynolds

Alice Poltorick

Eilleen Moran

Victoria Suchodolski

The Roberts Family

The Winter Family

The Jordans Family

Maeve Myles and Family

Diana Norian and Family

The Gilmartin Family

The Lois Lee Family

The Wang Family

The Sarkissian Family

The Zhu and Luo Family

Hannah Chun and Family

Cate and the Anderson Family

Melina and The Bertesekas Family

The Eichman Family

London and The Isabelle Family

The boys class at Boston Ballet School

Rick Lert and Family

Abigail Wagners and Family

The Cobert Family

Dan O Neil

LuAnne Fontaine and Family

Kayo Araki and Family

The Hill family

The Burstein Family

The Selden Family

The Ono Family

Natalie and Jessica Levinson and Family

Natalia and Isabella Uccelli

Molly Zuker & Family

Tanya Larkin and Family

Sophia Wallach

Leila Saponaro and Family

The Mahoney Family

Miranda and Amy Meuse and Family

The Watherhouse Family

Lauren Strifling & Family

The Falchuk Family

Shana Smythe and family

Julia Lee

The Smithie Family

Abigail Buffinger and Family

The Da Silva Family

The Deluard Family

The Tucker Family

Hannah Tucker

Trish Flanagan

Sophia Torres and Family

Elizabeth Stimpson and Family

Kyra Ceryacek and Family

Beatrice Biebuyck and Emma

Claire Kanz

Erica Matsui

Miki Newman and Family

Carolina Jones and Family

The Tarragona Family

Valerie Beaver and Family

The Shilland Family

Gemma Williams and Family

Ava Maria Lee

Amy Isaac and Family

Lidija Covic and Family

Denis Berger

Jeff and Cindy Messerly

Jason and Holly Boehmer

Richard and Susan Powers

Jody Whelden

Rick Rondanelli Bob Murphy

Connie Hatch

Stella Owen

Mary Rita Weschler

Michelle Carreiro

Lynda Laurence

Karry Gunn

David Alexander

Madeleine Grahns-Aureli and Family

Jennifer Holmes

Laura Young and family

Megan Woods and Family

Rebecca Tubbs and Family

Christine Busch and Family

Chris Wirth

Songul Ozul and Family

Jennifer Audia and Family

kendi Ozmon and Family

Jonghee Hong

Paulita Tsen and family

Ava Menasha and Family

Emma Kontoleon and Family

Randy Hawley

Fu-Cha Yang and Family

Jay Michaelson

Paul Dakin

Stephen Soyland and Michael Kokell

Carl Bazil and Erik

Chris Norris and Drew

Valentina De Vito and Family

Maria Byrne and Family

Elizabeth Chow and Family

Gianna Croce and Family

George and Sandra Gravis

David and Tracey Frankel

David Thomas and Tom

John and Leyla Perez

Victor Pardi

The Jones Family

Elizabeth Grazer and Family

Kristen Lewis

Heike Shaefer and Family

Meekyung Chang and Family

Heide Brewster and Family

Alana Moon and Family

Lily Infantino and Family

Donna Pino and Family

Katherine Cristo and Family

Mark Slaker and Family

William Sullivan

Ben Resner and Family

Elizabeth Sheperd and Family

Diana Norian and Family

Andra Hoff and Family

Anna Perl and Family

Sophia Di Julio and Family

Beyong and Family

Marie Bueno and Family

Elizabeth Chai and Family

Robert Fitzgerald and Family

Amelia Khirallah and Family

Baskin Kazumi and Family

Paola Mammano and Family

Sarah Henao and Family


This Project

This project started in 2006. I was sitting on a bench on Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I was chatting with Winifred, my partner Tom’s cousin, and her husband Rames. They live and work in Madagascar (Africa), and have been working for a long time in Third World development, especially in Africa. We were talking about their experience working for big organizations where everything is so bureaucratic. To spend $10 to buy a bench, a board or a bunch of schoolbooks, one needs to write endless number of forms and wait for months for the approvals.  Meanwhile children keep writing in the sand using their fingers or just stop writing altogether and go back to work in the mines.  They were telling me the need of small organizations that can support small projects where it was needed, when it was needed. This could have a big impact especially in remote areas.  I found myself telling them that I was interested to find a way to create one of these small organizations.

The following year I decided it was time for me to keep my word. I had previously completed two Walks for Hunger in Massachusetts and raised more than $3,500 for the homeless here in Massachusetts, but I wanted to do more.
This is how A Bridge of Roses started.
I chose this name because my mother’s name is Ponte Rosa (Rose Bridge) and I wanted to dedicate this project to her.
I set a goal: to raise $50,000 in four years and I asked Winifred and Rames to be A Bridge of Roses’s field consultants, to find little projects in Madagascar that needed help. I wanted this to be a “from people to people” small and efficient organization.

I deeply believe that education, even if is just a primary one, is the first step in helping to improve and change the condition of the lives of people.  It was not my intention to change the world with $50,000. But one child at a time and one school at a time was a great way to begin.  Every child has the right to learn. This right, that in our countries is taken for granted, in other countries is still a dream.
To reach my goal of raising $50,000 I decided to undertake four challenges:

  1. 9 days trek on the camino de Santiago, Spain (2007)
  2. A trip to Madagascar to visit the projects and to trek through the villages of Zamimaniry. This area in the South of Madagascar has been named a heritage site by UNESCO (2008).
  3. 10 days trek from Assisi to Rome in Italy (2009).
  4. 17 days trek to Everest Base Camp (2010).

I paid for all my expenses (travel, gears and stay). And I asked to my family, friends and everyone I knew to sponsor me.

On December 30, 2010 I finished my last challenge and reached not only Everest Base Camp but also my financial goal.

It would not been possible without the help of so many people that donate generously their time, talents and money to this idea that is A Bridge of Roses.


Luciano Aimar


Board of Directors:
Luciano Aimar (President), William Joyce (Vice-President),
Tom Crowley, Katherine Dibble, Tom Elliott, James McGuire.

Field Consultants: Rames Abhukara, Winifred Fitzgerald.

Web Contents: Matteo Franceschini Beghini

A bridge of Roses - Un ponte di Rose. © 2007-2011 by Luciano Aimar. All rights reserved.