2016-06-16 / Mainsheet

Ballard Park Marks Milestones

Colleen and Mary Quinn Colleen and Mary Quinn Friends of Ballard Park celebrated several milestones at the group’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 4, including the 25th anniversary of the donation of Ballard Park to the City of Newport by Carol C. Ballard.

The fundraiser was hosted on the lawn of the Ballard family’s Newport estate, Edgehill. Les Ballard personally selected the wines for the party. Friends of Ballard Park’s board chair, Peggy Richmond, told the crowd that 2016 was the organization’s most successful year to date, with 3,500 people visiting its 11th annual Illuminated Garden in February and more than 700 children scheduled to take educational field trips to the park in June.

Executive Director Colleen McGrath noted that they were also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Friends of Ballard Park and acknowledged founding board members Ginny Purviance, Mary Hayes, Frank Amaral and his wife, Liz Stouffer, all in attendance.

Frank & Virginia Gladding with Kevin Sullivan Frank & Virginia Gladding with Kevin Sullivan The Jenkins sisters, Elizabeth, Emily, Myra and Anne, attended on behalf of their father, David, owner of Jenkins Construction Company. He is a longtime sponsor of the Music Month concert series, which opens on July 6 with a performance by the Navy Band Northeast.

All funds raised will support educational field trips and public events like concerts and movie screenings held in Newport’s only nature preserve. For more information, visit ballardpark.org.

Les Ballard Les Ballard

Tony Cavanagh and Deb von Hausen Tony Cavanagh and Deb von Hausen

Earle and Lisa Stubbs 
Photos by Jen Carter Earle and Lisa Stubbs Photos by Jen Carter

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