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Natural Stone Institute Completes 36th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 09 June 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 36th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. The Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program builds 100 percent mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. Natural stone and fabrication for U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy and his family in Poway, Calif. were provided by Arizona Tile and Tony Sciarrino Stone. 

Soon after Kenton and his wife, Lindsey, were married Kenton joined the U.S. Navy. On November 19, 2017, while serving in Syria, Kenton was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a result of the blast, Kenton became a quadriplegic, was blinded in his left eye and developed issues with speech. Kenton has undergone extensive rehabilitation in several facilities including the TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. Kenton has received numerous awards for his service including a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal and three Navy Achievement Medals. He is proud to have been named the 2010 USO Sailor of the Year. 

The Stacy’s have four children, Logan, Mason, Annabelle and Sadie. Lindsey serves as the primary caretaker for Logan, who has special needs. A specially adapted smart home will significantly improve Kenton’s quality of life as well as provide assistance for Lindsey and their family.

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The Gary Sinise Foundation RISE program welcomes US Army Capt (Ret) Greg Galeazzi, wife Jazmine, and son Teddy to their new smart home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 30th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 11 September 2020 by cradmin3

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for another home through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. To date, Natural Stone Institute members have been involved in 30 completed homes.

Natural stone and fabrication services for U.S. Army Captain Greg Galeazzi and his family were provided by Marble and Granite, Inc. and Ontra Stone Concepts.

Galeazzi was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in the summer of 2010. Early in his deployment, he volunteered to take over a platoon who had lost their leader to a roadside bomb. On May 26, 2011, Galeazzi was heading back to base with his platoon after leading a foot patrol when he was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). Galeazzi lost both of his legs and part of his right arm. His soldiers kept him alive while they waited 30 minutes for the MEDEVAC helicopter to arrive. Galeazzi woke up three days later at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He underwent dozens of surgeries and endured many additional complications before he was able to live on his own. Today, Galeazzi is a medical student at Harvard Medical School and looks forward to starting life in his specially adapted smart home.

Companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to contact Pam Hammond at [email protected] To learn more, and to see a list of all Natural Stone Institute members who have donated their time, products and services to this cause, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE.

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 15 Homes with Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 15 Homes with Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program

Posted on 25 September 2018 by cradmin

Natural Stone Institute members have provided natural stone and fabrication services for fifteen specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans through their support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment).

Laura Grandlienard (ROCKin’teriors), chair of the Natural Stone Institute R.I.S.E. committee and project donor, said: “Being involved with the R.I.S.E. program enables our industry to take a leadership role in supporting these veterans and their families who have endured so much to protect our freedoms. We feel tremendous pride in sharing our talents for such an important cause. It’s a beautiful feeling to say ‘welcome home’ to these heroes.”

In addition to the homes completed since this collaboration began in late 2016, Natural Stone Institute members are also involved in ten other home building projects currently in development. To date, 41 Natural Stone Institute member companies have been involved in this program.

Natural Stone Institute CEO Jim Hieb commented: “We are honored to support this worthy cause, and are grateful that so many members across the country have stepped up to use natural stone for good.”

For a full list of donors, and to learn how your company can get involved in this program, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE.

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