What do Vincent A. Cianci Jr., the mayor of Providence, R.I., and the actor Paul Newman have in common? They both market marinara sauces that bear their faces and names, with the proceeds going to a good cause. Sales of the Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which was introduced last week, will be used to establish scholarships for students in the Providence public schools.
The marinara idea is the latest of the 54-year-old mayor's philanthropic efforts.
Two years ago, he created the Vincent A. Cianci Jr. Foundation, a nonprofit organization that gives local students money for college. Last year, the organization gave away 10 scholar-ships with money raised from its annual golf tournament.
The marinara sauce comes from an old family recipe that calls for tomatoes, garlic, red onions, olive oil, and carrots, an aide to Mr. Cianci said. It is scheduled to hit the shelves within a month.
At first, the idea was to begin modestly, marketing the sauce only in local supermarkets. But the mayor's office has been caught off guard by the response from the public, said Paul R. Campbell, the deputy director of policy for the mayor.
"With the response so big, it may go regional," Mr. Campbell said. "The response has been far beyond the borders of Rhode Island."
Sister Catherine McNamee has announced that she will step down as the president of the National Catholic Educational Association in June 1996, after two five-year terms. She will be appointed a senior fellow and scholar in residence at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Sister McNamee has also served as the president of the Council for American Private Education. The New York City-based American Forum for Global Education has named Willard M. Kniep its president. He will replace Andrew F. Smith, who is leaving to work on a book. The organization promotes the inclusion of global perspectives and broad international content in American classrooms. The actor Matthew Broderick has been chosen as the nationwide spokesman for the National Business Education Association, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Reston, Va. He will soon appear in print and television advertising encouraging students to take business courses.
--Adrienne D. Coles
Vol. 14, Issue 34