2016-03-03 / Around Town

Child and Family

Ann Conner Ann Conner Child & Family first became a presence in Newport in 1866 when the Home for Friendless Children – an orphanage – opened its doors. It was the first social service provider in Newport County, is the second-oldest in the state, and is now celebrating its 150th year with a yearlong series of events. All the festivities are designed either to focus on some aspect of C&F's longstanding investment in the community or to thank the people whose support have enabled it to become a transformational agency, dedicated to "Strengthening the Fabric of Family."

The inaugural 150th Anniversary kickoff was held on Jan. 28 at the C&F Community Center in Middletown. Attended by the celebration host committee, supporters, board members and major donors, former board Chair Ann Conner shared memories and spoke to the guests about her 50 years of involvement with the organization. Events to follow include a statewide conference addressing the needs of youth in Rhode Island on May 6 in Providence three major donor celebrations honoring community leaders and volunteers (April 21 in Newport); corporate and business leaders (June 2 in Jamestown); and major donors (June 16 in Newport).

Joyce and Terry Regan, with Patricia Holliday Joyce and Terry Regan, with Patricia Holliday There will also be a Community Family Day Celebration and Dedication in July an Aug. 6 Anniversary Gala; a fundraiser at Rough Point, the Newport home of Doris Duke; and the 33rd annual Taste of Newport, C&F's signature fundraising event, on Oct. 30 at the Hotel Viking in Newport.

Tina Lester and Marty Sinnott Tina Lester and Marty Sinnott

Photos by Olivia Lecumberry Photography Photos by Olivia Lecumberry Photography

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