Special Events

9th Annual Townsend Luncheon


Please join Child & Family on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, for our 9th Annual Townsend Luncheon to benefit our Child & Family Programs.

The event will run from 12 PM to 2PM at OceanCliff Hotel, 65 Ridge Rd, Newport, RI.

Child & Family’s 9th Annual Townsend Luncheon celebrates Ellen Townsend and her founding of Child & Family, originally an orphanage called the Home for Friendless Children, in 1866. This year’s luncheon will highlight the important work of providing the continuum of care for the families we serve. The event will be an elegant sit-down lunch, at the spectacular OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, RI, with speakers to include Child & Family leadership, Community Partners, and clients

A guest list will be held at the door; no tickets will be mailed.
For questions, please contact Jennifer Whelihan, jwhelihan@childandfamilyri.org or 401-848-4141.

Our event is currently sold out. If you are unable to attend our luncheon we ask that you consider making a gift.

Child & Family is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, number 23-7058381. Please contact Jennifer Whelihan, jwhelihan@childandfamilyri.org or 401-848-4141, with questions.

Thank you for your support!


11:30 – 12:15 PM Guest Arrival

12:30 PM Guests are seated, and the first course is served

12:40 PM Child & Family Speaking Program

1:00 PM Lunch is Served

Closing Remarks


First Course

Tropical Fruit Cocktail: Seasonal Melons, Pineapple, Berries, Grapes, Fresh Mint and Honey Yogurt Dressing, Coconut Flakes and Pineapple Fan

Main Course (choice of one)

 Seared Free Range Lemon Chicken: Butternut Squash Jus Lie, Truffle Scented, Roasted Creamer Potato, Seasonal Vegetable, Micro Greens

Grilled North Atlantic Salmon: Steamed Jasmine Rice, Charred Tomato Compote, Bok Choy Slaw, Asparagus, Ginger Soya Vinaigrette

Vegan Option (Vegetable Napoleon): Jasmine Rice Topped with a Garlic and Spinach Sauté, Grilled Summer Vegetables and Portobello Mushroom Drizzled with Balsamic Glaze and Basil Oil

Chef’s Selection of Dessert with Coffee & Tea Station

As you know, the past few years have been challenging for everyone. Services provided by Child & Family have never been in such demand as they are right now, with waitlists in every one of our programs. Between the pandemic, the housing crisis, and inflation, the most vulnerable population in our community desperately needs our help. Child & Family is always looking for Community Partners to support our programs. If you are interested in joining us as an event sponsor for our  9th Annual Townsend Luncheon on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at OceanCliff in Newport, please see our sponsorship opportunities packet.

Please reach out if you would like to discuss these opportunities further. Thank you for supporting the mission of Child & Family!

Dana DiMarco, Vice President of Development & Communications
(401) 848-4150