Kraig Puccia Named 2019 Life of Significance Award Recipient
June 1, 2019
Penn Mutual is proud to announce Kraig Puccia of Fordham University, as the fifth annual Life of Significance Award Winner. Kraig’s commitment to community and continuous drive to improve the lives of others, separated him from the 18 other nominees submitted for the award.
Kraig is a member of Fordham’s GO! (Global Outreach) Program and has gone to Bethel, Alaska to learn about issues of drug and alcohol abuse in the local community. In preparation for the visit, he helped raise thousands of dollars in donations to aid programs in the Bethel community to combat drug and alcohol abuse. While in Alaska, Kraig primarily assisted the Tundra Women’s Coalition, which works to protect women in the community from their partners because of alcohol or drug-induced episodes that threaten their safety.
He spent last year as a volunteer with the Domestic Violence Bureau at the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Kraig is also a volunteer for the Bronx Italian-American History Initiative, which works to preserve the cultural past of various parts of the Bronx by collecting, recording, and archiving the stories of past residents.
This summer, Kraig will be working at the Veterans Advocacy Project through the Urban Justice Center doing pro-bono work for neglected veterans throughout New York City.
As part of winning the award, Kraig will receive a $5000 donation to the charity of his choice. Kraig has elected to continue to combat domestic violence in Alaska by donating the money to the Tundra Women’s Coalition in Alaska.
About the Award
The Life of Significance Award is presented to one student-athlete participating in the CRC, either male or female, who upholds the values of the rugby community and Penn Mutual. The finalists demonstrate characteristics such as integrity, respect and loyalty-on and off the pitch– through mentorship, giving back to their community and working with various charitable organizations.
This prestigious award was inspired by the book, “Living a Life of Significance,” by Joseph Jordan, which details the positive impact the life insurance industry has on society.