2017-11-30 / Mainsheet

Signature Event Raises Thousands for Children and Families

Patti Tweedie, Kathy Loftus and Kirsten Marshall Patti Tweedie, Kathy Loftus and Kirsten Marshall Hundreds of supporters of Newport Child & Family gathered Oct. 29 at The Atlantic Resort in Middletown for the 34th annual “Taste of Newport,” which raised nearly $80,000 for the organization’s community programs. The signature benefit was made possible through the generosity of the area’s top restaurants, confectioners, caterers and beverage vendors, whose chefs and other culinary staff presented guests with appetizer, entrĂ©e, dessert and libation tasting samples during the cocktail party-style event.

Among the 28 culinary participants were veteran supporters such as Chef Richard Silvia from the White Horse Tavern, T.R. McGrath of McGrath’s Clambakes & Catering, and Christopher Bender and David Crowell from Stoneacre Brasserie. First-time culinary participants included Chef Steven Kalble and his students from the Newport Area Career & Technical Center Culinary Arts Program, which operates The Colonial Dining Room restaurant on the Rogers High School campus.

Kimberly Pucci and Marty Sinnott 
Photos by Kim Fuller Kimberly Pucci and Marty Sinnott Photos by Kim Fuller In addition to the tasting and sipping samples, guests enjoyed bidding on an extensive silent auction of 75 items, as well as a live auction, orchestrated by guest auctioneer, Paul Leys, representing “Taste of Newport” corporate sponsor, Gustave White Sotheby’s International Real Estate. Lively bidding ensued on unique packages, including a getaway to a Tuscan villa and the opportunity to attend a Boston Celtics basketball game with the team’s co-owner.

Lyn Dawley, chair of the Child & Family board of directors, and “Taste of Newport” event chair, thanked all those present for their support, including corporate sponsors of the event. Child & Family president and CEO Marty Sinnott spoke about the agency’s Foster Care Program, a key beneficiary of 2017 event proceeds, and of the severe shortage of foster parents in Rhode Island, particularly on Aquidneck Island. Kim Fuller then spoke of her experience as a foster parent, and as an adoptive mother of a teenage boy, whom she met while volunteering at a C&F-run group home.

Stephen Lewinstein and Bonnie Sawyer Stephen Lewinstein and Bonnie Sawyer To learn more about Child & Family, its Foster Care Program, and other programs that serve thousands of children, youth, families and elders in need throughout Rhode Island each year, visit childandfamilyri.org or call 401-849-2300.

Sharon Foster and Shawn Gilmore Sharon Foster and Shawn Gilmore

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