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Title Name Office Excellent Companion Thomas Valente, Jr. Thomas Valente, Jr. Chairman, RARA Committee Royal Arch Research Assistance Committee
What is RARA? Royal Arch Research Assistance (RARA) is a not for profit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization incorporated in the state of Kentucky in 1974 initiated by the then General Grand High Priest Edward Selby of Ohio. It has continued since that time to be governed by a Board of Directors. These are all Royal Arch Masons appointed by the General Grand High Priest of the General Grand Chapter, who is, by statute, its President. What Does RARA Do? Charity is, and in one way or another has always been, in the forefront of activities of the General Grand Chapter. Therefore it should come as no surprise that when General Grand High Priest Selby started RARA, its initial foray into this area was in research. He sought on area of medical research that needed funding. This search led to the selection of Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), in which research was seriously underfunded. It remains so to this day. Royal Arch Masons hove contributed over $9,000,000 to support it. Recently the Board of RARA made significant additions to and amplifications of its work with CAPD. Who Does RARA Support? First, is work continuing through an enhanced research component in CAPD at the University of Connecticut. Second, Hearing Health Foundation, New York City. RARA's Board awarded a grant to Hearing Health Foundation to be used in grants to four students for CAPD research as it relates to the challenges of deafness and treatments related thereto. Third, and finally. Autism Speaks of New York City. RARA's Board awarded a grant to work specifically on and in their Toddlers Program, focusing on infants of 12 to 36 months of age and testing for both Autism and CAPD. For more information see the brochure link below or contact Excellent Companian Tom Volente, Jr by clicking on his name above.
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