Lucy’s Hearth hosts annual fall fundraiser

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — The board of directors and friends of Lucy’s Hearth hosted the 6th annual Fall for Lucy’s Hearth festive fall fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Lucy’s Hearth has provided shelter and critical human services for 33 years to families with children experiencing homelessness.

The event featured passed hors-d’oeuvres and buffet by Russell Morin Fine Catering and Events, complimentary wine from Pascal and Schildt, along with complimentary beer from Newport Storm and live music from Jack Casey.

Close to 200 supporters participated in a silent auction, a live auction with auctioneer Emlen Drayton, and heard remarks from Todd Martin, CEO of International Tennis Hall of Fame along with Co-Chairpersons Christa Durand and Gail Lowney Alofsin.

Co-Chairperson Crista Durand, president of Newport Hospital said, “both of our organizations share a commitment to caring for families at their most vulnerable moments.

“We are committed to partnering with Lucy’s Hearth in the work of supporting and healing our families and our community.”

Board Chairwoman Susan Erstling presented BankNewport with the Corporate Community Partner Award. Senior V.P Ken Burnett accepted the award. The honor was presented to BankNewport to honor their outstanding support and partnership with our families and community.

Gail Lowney Alofsin, co-chairwoman, shared her experience of meeting a resident of Lucy’s Hearth – a single mom with one son who is a student athlete at a local high school. She is at Lucy’s Hearth, working and cleaning homes, and planning to go back to school.

A certificate of appreciation was presented posthumously to Arlene Rosbottom for her passion and commitment to the families and children and outstanding volunteerism. Co-worker and friend Christine Winslow accepted the award on her behalf.

The Susan M. Wilson Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Liz and Emlen Drayton.

Lucy’s Hearth was established in 1984 as a grassroots organization serving as a night-to-night shelter for homeless women and children in the community. Over the years, the shelter expanded its service continuum with a focus on self-sufficiency to help families increase their ability to live independently.

In 2016, Lucy’s Hearth moved into a newly purchased and renovated facility located at 19 Valley Road in Middletown. The new facility increased the number of families served at one time from 10 to 15.

In the last year, Lucy’s Hearth served 103 women and children in its Emergency and Transitional Shelters. In Fiscal year 2017, they served close to 31,966 meals and provided nearly 17,000 bed nights.

The Fall for Lucy’s Hearth event raised more than $55,000 with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly towards the programs and services at Lucy’s Hearth.

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