2014-04-10 / Mainsheet

Swing Into Spring a Rollicking Success

Spring’s arrival may have seemed a little late this year, but you never would have known it by the outpouring of smiles, sunshine, and warmth at the Swing Into Spring benefit for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center held April 3 at the Atlantic Beach Club.

The event was jumping as the capacity crowd ate, drank, danced, and bid to their hearts’ content – all to raise funds to support the center’s outreach efforts.

Final amounts have yet to be tallied, but Director of Development Alyson Novick says they were thrilled by the overwhelming community response and the generosity of more than 200 local merchants in support of the silent and live auctions. The event, chaired by Wendy Kagan and Rosalind Vaz-MacLean, is the largest fundraiser for the center, furthering educational and community programming. At the MLK center families receive not only emergency food, but workshops on how to cook healthy meals and other hunger services.


MLK Childcare Director Sally Swistak, MLK Trustee Dr. Rosalind Vaz-MacLean and Dr. David MacLean MLK Childcare Director Sally Swistak, MLK Trustee Dr. Rosalind Vaz-MacLean and Dr. David MacLean A highlight of the evening was a violin performance by students enrolled in the center’s afterschool program.



Trish and Dave Martland Trish and Dave Martland

Sarah Rivard, Tennis Hall of Fame, and Newport Public Schools Superintendent Colleen Jermain Sarah Rivard, Tennis Hall of Fame, and Newport Public Schools Superintendent Colleen Jermain

Katie Ellis Katie Ellis

Eilio Ardito Eilio Ardito

Isabella McDowell 
Photos by Jen Carter Isabella McDowell Photos by Jen Carter

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