2017-06-15 / Mainsheet

Ballard Park Fundraiser Celebrates First Decade


Les Ballard and Leslie Ballard Hull Les Ballard and Leslie Ballard Hull The Ballard family hosted the 10th annual fundraiser for Friends of Ballard Park on Saturday, June 3 under a tent at their Newport estate, Edgehill. Nearly 230 guests enjoyed wines served by Mr. Ballard and food by McGrath Clambakes, Inc. Music by Chelley, Bill, Dyl & Doug added to the evening’s festive setting.

Rep. Marvin Abney stopped by to present a check from the Rhode Island House of Representatives to support programming at Ballard Park. The Jenkins sisters, representing their father David, got a big round of applause at the mention of July being Jenkins Construction Music Month at Ballard Park. This summer, Folsom, the Swinglane Orchestra, the Toe Jam Puppet Band and the Ravers will perform at the series. Board members Leslie Reed and TJ Brown as well as past board member Frank Amaral were in attendance. Kim Renk of Sequin added sparkle to the event with gift bags for the ladies.


Colleen Quinn with Peggy Richmond and Colleen McGrath 
Photos by Jen Carter Colleen Quinn with Peggy Richmond and Colleen McGrath Photos by Jen Carter The event raised more than $50,000 from the more than 90 auction items for guests to bid on. The funds will be used to support educational field trips for children and such public events as concerts and outdoor movie screenings at Newport’s only nature preserve. For more information visit ballardpark.org.



Sandra and Roger King 
Photos by Kim Fuller Sandra and Roger King Photos by Kim Fuller

Patti Rakolta-Keith, Kathleen Beckett and Bettie Pardee Patti Rakolta-Keith, Kathleen Beckett and Bettie Pardee

Kara Sundlun House and Kim Herrlinger Kara Sundlun House and Kim Herrlinger

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