Torbi Saldamarco Family Fund

Est. 2006 as a Donor Advised fund.

This Fund was established by Frank Saldamarco in celebration of his wife, Dorothy's, birthday and will support organizations in their hometown of Derby.

Dorothy Torbi Saldamarco always wanted to pay special tribute to her father, Lorenzo Torbi, an orphan raised by foster parents, and who immigrated from Italy to Derby at the age of 17. Mrs. Saldamarco's husband Frank knew about his wife's wish to insure the family name and legacy, and as a birthday present for his wife, surprised her with the gift of establishing the Torbi-Saldmarco Family Fund.

The Torbis and Saldamarcos were longtime neighbors of the Pepe family, and knew about the Valley Community Foundation from Founding Board Member Mary Pepe.

"The Foundation was the perfect place for us to establish this Fund, which now preserves her family's name since she is the last of the family line," said Mr. Saldamarco. "What better way to celebrate her birthday than to make this dream become a reality for her?" Lifelong Derby residents, Mr. and Mrs. Saldamarco chose to use the Fund to support general charitable needs in the Valley, with a preference for Derby.

"Our son has been a volunteer with the Storm Engine Ambulance Corp for nearly 30 years," she said. "We are members of St.Mary's Church and everybody in our family graduated from Derby High School. We wanted to acknowledge the importance of these organizations to us and also wanted the Fund to be flexible to support many worthwhile organizations in the Valley to help them continue their great work.

"Perhaps the note announcing the Fund says it best: "Happy Birthday Dorothy Torbi Saldamarco. In honor of your birthday, a Fund in the Torbi family name has been established at the Valley Community Foundation. This Fund will not only commemorate your family, but continue to enrich the Valley communities for generations to come."

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