2018-07-26 / Mainsheet

Luncheon Raises $55,000 for Child & Family

Photos by Allan Millora


Ed Karle and DeLora Maurus Ed Karle and DeLora Maurus More than 100 Rhode Islanders gathered last month at Ocean- Cliff in Newport for the fourth Annual Townsend Luncheon, a benefit for the social service agency, Child & Family. The event, named in honor of the 152-year old agency’s founder, Ellen Townsend, highlighted Child & Family’s important work caring for children and youth. Guest donations were matched by a generous $25,000 gift offered by The Canepari Family Fund, and a total of $55,000 was raised for the agency’s foster care programs.

Guests enjoyed string music played by Thompson Middle School students, a visit from Ellen Townsend and a buffet lunch. Speakers included a teen girl in the care of Child & Family who spoke movingly about the difficulties she had experienced, the difference Child & Family was making in her life, and her now-bright hopes for the future. Special guest Paul Leys then conducted a spirited “Fund the Mission” auction, which provided guests the opportunity to make an additional donation in support of the agency’s foster care programs.


Sharon Alemany and Wendy Roberts Sharon Alemany and Wendy Roberts Established in 1866, Child & Family’s mission is to strengthen Rhode Island families, and the communities in which they live.



Lynn Shippee and Sandy Anderson Lynn Shippee and Sandy Anderson

Justin Medeiros and David Almonte Justin Medeiros and David Almonte

Lyn Dawley and Betsy Akin Lyn Dawley and Betsy Akin

Patricia and Bruce Beauchamp Patricia and Bruce Beauchamp

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