Dedication of the Richard Caparso Field

caparso field dedication

 

During the 2019 Homecoming festivities, Anna Maria College celebrated alumnus Richard C. Caparso, a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, with a ceremony that dedicated the athletic field in his honor on Saturday, October 19. 

 

Mr. Caparso, his wife Joan, and their family and friends, joined Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle, members of the Board of Trustees, Athletic Director Joseph Brady, and Head Football Coach Dan Mulrooney for a pre-game ceremony.

 caparso team

“My relationship with Anna Maria College started with receiving my MBA and continued on, serving as chair of the board of trustees,” said Mr. Caparso. “When I reflect upon my commitment to the college I believe it was because the mission and values of the college have always correlated with the way my parents raised me. As a son of an immigrant. I was taught to work hard, serve and respect others, be honest and forthright and to make myself a contributing member of my community. I have always admired and respected how Anna Maria has sought to instill these same characteristics within their student body and felt privileged to have played a role as a trustee to assist the college in achieving this goal. I long ago served the college but the college has always been a special place for me.”

 

“The entire Anna Maria College community is forever grateful to Richard Caparso for his generous gift of $250,000,” said Mary Lou Retelle, President of Anna Maria College. “The Richard Caparso Athletic Field sits at the entrance to our campus where it welcomes all of our visitors, students, parents and alumni. It’s where our students compete, but more importantly it’s where our campus community comes together as one to support our values and everything that makes Anna Maria College special. An Anna Maria education is about the whole person – mind, body and spirit – and Mr. Caparso honors us with this wonderful athletic resource.”

 

Mr. Caparso is the founder of Vanguard Group of six companies, that included Vanguard Investments, a real estate management and property management company based in Central Massachusetts. He has been involved in residential and commercial real estate development projects since the 1970s, including a $5 million historic rehabilitation of a major portion of downtown Southbridge in 1981.

 

For over 40 years, Mr. Caparso has had a great impact at Anna Maria College through his service as a Trustee. He was first named to the Board of Trustees in 1979, shortly after completing a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the college. In 1983, Mr. Caparso was appointed Chairman. He was later awarded an honorary degree for Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa, in 1986 from the college. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Northeastern University.

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