Patricia Pinciaro was a lot of different things to a lot of different people — wife, mom, friend, aunt, sister. But underneath the bubbly and beautiful person who lit up a room, the woman who raised three children, the sister and aunt and sister-in-law who not-so-secretly loved hosting holiday parties, was someone who was fighting an internal battle with alcohol addiction. Ten years ago, she unexpectedly died as a result of her addiction on August 4, 2007 and is still missed dearly today. Tricia left behind a wonderful legacy, and this year’s McDevitt Softball Tournament will be played in her memory.
Since her passing, the discussion surrounding addiction has evolved, and The Herren Project is working to continue that. Launched in 2011, The Herren Project is a nonprofit organization working to educate and increase awareness surrounding signs of addiction and help those who suffer from it. The Herren Project was founded by former Boston Celtic and Massachusetts native Chris Herren, whose own inspiring journey from professional athlete to someone who was addicted to heroin to motivational speaker can be seen in the ESPN documentary “Unguarded.” Last year alone, the nonprofit provided treatment navigation and placement for nearly 450 people, and offered recovery coaches for 60 more. Another 59 students in immediate need of crisis intervention found it through The Herren Project.
Proceeds from this year’s McDevitt Softball Tournament, made in Tricia’s memory, will go to The Herren Project. We know these donations will help people and families who are truly in need, and we thank you for your generosity.