150th Anniversary
strengthening the fabric of family

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Celebrate Child & Family’s Legacy of Support for Children and Families in Rhode Island

At Child & Family, we hold two core beliefs…that individuals and communities thrive when supported by strong families and that a community works best when it accepts responsibility for all of its members.

These beliefs influence our every action and have fostered advancement since Child & Family opened its doors 150 years ago in 1866.

Join us and our sponsors in celebrating Child & Family’s 150th anniversary celebration.

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150th Anniversary Timeline

Kick Off Events

Commencing January 2016

January 21, 2016 – Child & Family Employee Celebration and Recognition Event

January 28, 2016 – 150th Anniversary Kick Off
Child & Family Community Center


Statewide Conference - Transforming the Care of Children & Youth in RI - May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016Statewide Conference Addressing the Needs of Youth in RI
Omni Providence Hotel

Rhode Island leaders in child-welfare, together with nationally recognized experts from some of our top think-tank organizations including the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall and The Rhode Island Foundation, will explore and present current and future trends in policy, best practices and outcomes in caring for the well-being of children, youth and families in our communities.   

This conference is designed for social service providers, educators, policy makers, corporate and non-profit business leaders and most importantly those who understand the need to better serve the children and youth in the state of Rhode Island.

Conference Registration will open February 22, 2016.

Donor Celebration & Recognition Events

Child & Family along with a number of generous supporters will host three unique donor celebration events within the 150th Anniversary year. Each celebration cocktail party will be hosted with the goal of informing invited guests about the needs of children and families in Rhode Island, how Child & Family plays a key role in supporting those needs in Newport County and throughout the State, and how they can financially support the work of Child & Family and in turn the needs of those we serve. These events will be hosted in three unique locations and each event will be geared toward a different audience.

April 21, 2016Donor Celebration for Community Leaders & Volunteers
Castle Hill Inn & Resort, Newport

May 12, 2016 – Ellen Townsend Women’s Luncheon
Child & Family Community Center

This important and invite only event honors women whose influence, leadership and generosity support those most in need in our community. It is named in honor of Miss Ellen Townsend who in 1867 persuaded her brother, Christopher Townsend to donate their family home in Newport along with $500 for repairs to be used as a home, following the Civil War, for orphaned children and children of destitute families.

June 2, 2016 – Donor Celebration for Corporate & Business Leaders
Jamestown, RI

June 16, 2016 – Celebration for Major Donors
Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport

Special Events

July 16, 2016 – Child & Family Community Family Day Celebration and Dedication
Newport, RI

Child & Family will celebrate 150 years of providing support for children and families with a Family Day in Newport to take place in Newport’s historic Queen Anne’s Square. Partnering with us are two iconic and historic Newport entities, Trinity Episcopal Church (est. 1698) and the John Stevens Shop (est. 1705). Child & Family’s Family Day will include a public dedication of an engraved stone bench in Newport, celebrating Child & Family’s legacy and the important role of “Family” in our community. Community businesses will be asked to participate and partner for this fun-filled family day of entertainment, food and fun activities in the heart of Newport.

August 6, 2016 – 150th Anniversary Celebration Gala
Rough Point, Newport

The Gala Celebration Event will be held at the Newport Restoration Foundation’s iconic Rough Point Estate on Bellevue Avenue. It is fitting that the gala be held at the former home of the late Doris Duke, a major benefactor of child welfare programs. In addition to serving as a key celebration event, the gala will serve as a benefit event for Child & Family.

October 30, 2016 – 33rd Annual Taste of Newport
Hotel Viking, Newport

Taste of Newport is our longest running fundraiser that celebrates community, collaboration and taste and features the culinary best from the local community while benefiting Child & Family’s community programs.

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

Preview the benefits of sponsorship by contribution level created in celebration and support of Child & Family’s 150th Anniversary. Please note 98% of your sponsorship will directly benefit those we serve through Child & Family’s programs and services.

Click here to view/download the Sponsorship Levels & Benefits information & Donation Form (PDF).

150th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee members


Andrea Breyer
Nicholas Brown
Ann Conner
Sara Hiebner

Committee Members

Jack and Mary Ambrogi
David and Carol Bazarsky
Margaret Braff
Kevin and Elaine Cannon
Steve Cascione
Jamie Coehlo
Mark Muetterties, MD and Jacqueline Colbert
Andrew and Pamela Constantine
Edward and Ruth Corcoran
Peter Cosel
Peter and Anne Damon
Melanie Delman
Bart Dunbar and Lisa Lewis
Barbara Epstein
Sister Jane Gerety
Bonnie Gomes
Diane Hurley
Mary Jennings
James and Sue Klau
Perry and Elizabeth Lewis
Tina Lester
Paul Leys and Mardie Corcoran
James Mason
Nick and Lisa Mattiello
Donald and Lynn McCall
The Hon. Judy McLennan
Nicole Milici
Sister Leona Misto
Simon and Melissa Mullaly
The Hon. Jeanne Marie Napolitano
Bernard and Doris Nemtzow
Paul O’Reilly
Alessio and Kimberly Pucci
Rosanna Ortiz
Terry and Joyce Regan
Matt and Kristen Regan
Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards
Doreen Scanlon
Annie Sherman-Luke
Robert and Carolyn Silva
Marty Sinnott and Janet Emison