“It was a magical evening at the Hyatt Regency Newport, where roughly 300 guests gathered to support the Big Sisters of Rhode Island at the organization’s Abracadabra Ball. With Newport’s own Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and wife Sandra Whitehouse serving as co-chairs, and with some highly influential Rhode Islanders being inducted into its “Magical Circle” set of honorees, the event had quite a degree of ‘star power’!” ~ The Newport Seen
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Pictured above: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse speaking to the crowd.
Honored guests included Ronald K. Machtley, President of Bryant University (pictured above), Mike Montecalvo of WPRI (pictured above), Carl Beane, best known as the “Voice of Fenway Park”, Gina Raimondo, RI’s State General Treasurer, and Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, President of Rhode Island College.Pictured above: Big Sisters of Rhode Island board members.BSRI Executive Director Deb Saunders addresses the crowd.BSRI Executive Director Deb Saunders and Board President Annette Cerilli present the award to Ronald K. Machtley, President of Bryant University.Mike Montecalvo interview the big and little sisters of the year on stage.“Since 1967, Big Sisters of Rhode Island has matched compassionate volunteers with high-risk girls, to serve as role models and provide them with companionship, encouragement, and hopefully access to a brighter, more positive future. The organization is currently expanding on a grand scale; not only did they add 100 girls in the last month, but they are now reaching out to include at-risk boys as well. Part of this expansion is thanks to a federal to serve an additional 600 children, but donations received from the gala will go a long way as well.” – The Newport Seen