2017-08-03 / Mainsheet

Au Courant Celebrates 5th Year of Supporting Families


Derek Warburton Derek Warburton Unseasonably cool weather didn’t stop 200 guests from gathering at historic Fort Adams on Friday, July 14 for Au Courant, a celebration of the mission of Child & Family, featuring a production of StyleWeek SWIM. Proceeds will support programs that strengthen the fabric of families in Newport County and throughout Rhode Island, including the expansion of foster care services.

Derek Warburton, New Hampshire native and celebrity stylist to such stars as BeyoncĂ©, Miranda Kerr, and Heather Graham, was the guest of honor and keynote speaker. He also unveiled his new jewelry collection, Mr. Warburton. Warburton introduced the evening’s runway show, which showcased current resort and swim collections from designers all over the Northeast.

Guests also enjoyed spectacular water views from the Fort, a cocktail party catered by Pranzi Catering, and shopping opportunities with featured designers and guest vendors.


Kelly King and Lisa Doucet-Albert Kelly King and Lisa Doucet-Albert “We are so thankful to our co-chairs, Sara Hiebner and Rosanna Ortiz, as well as Derek Warburton, the fashion designers and vendors, our staff and volunteers, and of course, our supporters, who believe in our mission,” said Marty Sinnott, Executive Director. “After a one-year hiatus to focus on the 150th anniversary of Child & Family in 2016, we were thrilled to bring back Au Courant at a new venue.” Child & Family’s next main event is its annual Taste of Newport benefit, to be held Oct. 29 at the new Atlantic Resort in Middletown.

Established in downtown Newport in 1866, Child & Family is the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County. Child & Family provides important services and programs to thousands of children, teens, families and elders each year. For more information, visit childandfamilyri.org.



Sara Hiebner and Rob Archer Sara Hiebner and Rob Archer

John and Jill Spohn John and Jill Spohn

Amanda Doumato and Amanda Tufts Amanda Doumato and Amanda Tufts


Mike Pine and Cecelia Paradis 
Photos by Jen Carter Mike Pine and Cecelia Paradis Photos by Jen Carter

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