2016-08-25 / Mainsheet

‘An Enchanted Evening’ Gala Raises Funds for Families

More than 250 friends and supporters of Child & Family gathered at Doris Duke’s Rough Point estate on Aug. 6 to celebrate 150 years of Child & Family’s history and to look to its future. From its humble beginnings in 1866 as the “Home for Friendless Children,” an orphanage providing a home for five destitute children in Newport, Child & Family has grown to be one of the largest social services agencies in the state, serving more than 6,000 Rhode Island children, teens, families and elders each year.

Amid the setting of Rough Point’s majestic sea views, guests arriving for the “Enchanted Evening” gala were directed through neatly trimmed arched hedges to a cocktail reception in the lush gardens of the grounds, followed by a seaside surf and turf dinner prepared by Pranzi Catering & Events.

Matthew Petersen, Child & Family’s manager of residential services, captivated those under the gala tent with a story of his journey from college student at Salve Regina to a group home manager at Child & Family. He spoke about one child who made such an impression on him that he changed his career path in order to remain at Child & Family and make a difference in the lives of the youth served by the organization.

The night featured a special fundraising Make a Difference auction and a spirited live auction led by the Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards of Trinity Episcopal Church. Funds generated through both the live and Make a Difference auctions will support Child & Family’s residential group homes. Guests later danced to live music by the popular dance band, The Sultans of Swing.

The 150th Anniversary Gala committee was co-chaired by Andrea Breyer, Nicholas Brown, Ann Conner, and Sara Hiebner.



Leslie and Jack Flynn Leslie and Jack Flynn

James Mason and Mary Jennings James Mason and Mary Jennings

Matthew Petersen Matthew Petersen

Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards, Pieter Roos, and Brook Richards Rev. Canon Anne Marie Richards, Pieter Roos, and Brook Richards

Patricia Beauchamp and Sister Jane Gerety 
Photos by Kim Fuller Photographyand Nicholas Mele Patricia Beauchamp and Sister Jane Gerety Photos by Kim Fuller Photographyand Nicholas Mele

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