2017-11-22 / Mainsheet

Lucy’s Hearth Benefit Raises More Than $55,000 for Families in Need


Cathy Siegal and Lauren Haley Cathy Siegal and Lauren Haley Last month, the Board of Directors and Friends of Lucy’s Hearth hosted the sixth annual Fall for Lucy’s Hearth fundraiser at the USTA Wing of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Lucy’s Hearth has provided shelter and critical human services for 33 years to families with children experiencing homelessness.

Close to 200 guest supporters enjoyed passed hors-d'oeuvres, complimentary wine and beer, and live music by Jack Casey. The event raised more than $55,000 of which 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly towards the programs and services at Lucy’s Hearth.

Co-Chair Crista Durand, President of Newport Hospital, said “both of our organizations share a commitment to caring for families at their most vulnerable moments.” Gail Lowney Alofsin, Co-Chair, shared her experience of meeting a resident of Lucy’s Hearth: a single mom with one son who is a student-athlete at a local high school. She is at Lucy’s Hearth, working as a house-cleaner, with the goal of returning to school.


Paul DiSanto and Ken Burnett Paul DiSanto and Ken Burnett Board Chair Susan Erstling presented BankNewport with the Corporate Community Partner Award. A certificate of appreciation was presented posthumously to Arlene Rosbottom for her passion and commitment to the families and children and outstanding volunteerism. The Susan M. Wilson Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Liz and Emlen Drayton.

Lucy’s Hearth was established in 1984 as a grassroots organization serving as a night-to-night shelter for homeless women and children in the community. Over the years, the shelter expanded its service continuum. In 2016, Lucy’s Hearth moved into a newly purchased and renovated facility located at 19 Valley Road in Middletown. The new facility increased the number of families served at one time from 10 to 15.


Andrew and Sharon Meehan with Jim Robidoux Andrew and Sharon Meehan with Jim Robidoux In the last year, Lucy’s Hearth served 103 women and children in its Emergency and Transitional Shelters. In fiscal year 2017, they served close to 31,966 meals and provided nearly 17,000 bed nights.

Its next major fundraiser is the Lucy’s Hearth Wreath sale on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Easton’s Beach Rotunda.



Heather Strout and Linnea Wolfe 
Photos byAllan Milora Photography Heather Strout and Linnea Wolfe Photos byAllan Milora Photography

J. Mark Ryan, Kristin Parella and Linda Ujifasa J. Mark Ryan, Kristin Parella and Linda Ujifasa

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