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Child & Family Marks 150 Years With Family Celebration Day in Newport


Date: July 5, 2016
Contact: Keith Tavares- Phone 401-848-4150

Child & Family Marks 150 Years With Family Celebration Day in Newport
(Newport, Rhode Island, July 5, 2016)

Child & Family will host a public Family Day Celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of its founding as the first social service provider in Newport County and as the second oldest in the State of Rhode Island. The Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 16th above Queen Anne Square on the grounds of Newport’s iconic Trinity Church. The event will commence at 11:00am with a Public Ceremony dedicating two engraved Granite Benches.  Each of the two granite benches, which have been generously donated by Memorial Funeral Homes, will have an engraved message designed by another historic Newport entity, the John Stevens Shop (est. 1705).  The first bench will mark Child & Family’s 150th Anniversary and celebrate the agency’s long history.  The second bench will honor Trinity Episcopal Church (est. 1698) and its important historical role in the City of Newport.  It is appropriate that both Child & Family and Trinity Church dedicate benches, as they celebrate a long-lasting relationship of working together in support of those in need throughout our community.

Immediately following the bench dedication (at approximately 11:30am), the Family Celebration Day will kick-off with food, music, activities for children, giveaways and a special appearance by Elsa and Anna of the movie “Frozen”. There will be arts & crafts, face painting, story time and more.  Numerous other community organizations will participate and have event presence including WADK 1540/MIXX 99.3, Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Newport Art Museum, Fort Adams Trust, Seamen’s Church Institute and KinderMusik.  Child & Family invites community members to celebrate the fabric of family and its 150th anniversary – stop by and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in downtown Newport.

“Child & Family’s legacy in Rhode Island is deep and the organization’s positive impact on children, teens, family and elders throughout Rhode Island has been great. The 150th Anniversary Celebration reflects on that legacy and marks a continuation of that support to preserve families, in turn strengthening the community well into the future.” – Keith Tavares, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

For more information about Child & Family and its 150th anniversary celebration, please visit

About Child & Family

Established in downtown Newport in 1866, Child & Family is celebrating its 150th anniversary of serving children and families throughout Rhode Island. Child & Family is the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island. With state-of-the-art Community Centers in both Middletown and Providence, Child & Family strengthens the fabric of family by providing important services and programs to thousands of children, teens, families and elders each year through multiple programs and services including: Sandpipers Early Learning Center, Behavioral Health Services, Family Support Services, Residential Programs for Children and Teens, Treatment Foster Care, Elder Care Services and much more.

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Middletown, RI 02842                                 Providence, RI 02905
401-849-2300                                               401-781-3669


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