2018-11-08 / Mainsheet

Annual Taste of Newport Raises $140,000 for Child & Family

Photos by Allan Millora Photography


Lynne and Keith Kelly, Patrice Wood, and Paul Pabis Lynne and Keith Kelly, Patrice Wood, and Paul Pabis Approximately 400 people gathered to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Taste of Newport, a benefit for Child & Family that was held at The Atlantic Resort on Oct. 28.

With the support of Citizens Bank, the presenting sponsor, along with numerous other corporate sponsors, guests and longtime supporters, more than $140,000 was raised for the social service agency’s community programs, which annually serve thousands of Rhode Islanders in need.

The event showcased the culinary talents of 28 of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, confectioners and beverage vendors, who delighted guests with a tempting range of tastes encompassing appetizers, mini entrees, libations and sweets.

Guests mingled with the chefs and bid on silent and live auction items, many of which focused on the theme of “Experiences.”


Priscilla and Justin Medeiors Priscilla and Justin Medeiors Patrice Wood, anchor for NBC 10 News, was emcee for the speaking program, which included welcoming comments from Child & Family president and CEO Marty Sinnott, and Citizens Bank of Rhode Island president Keith Kelly.

Kristine Hendrickson, the keynote speaker, talked of her experiences as a foster and adoptive parent and of the guidance and support she received from Child & Family as she navigated the family-building process. Guest auctioneer Canon Anne Marie Richards orchestrated the live auction.

Founded in 1866, Child & Family’s mission is to support Rhode Island individuals and families to achieve their potential through establishing trusting relationships, providing access to resources and creating pathways to success.



Brooke Havens and Paola Fonseca-Fernandez Brooke Havens and Paola Fonseca-Fernandez

Brian Handley and Matthew Kelly Brian Handley and Matthew Kelly

Jeff and Geremie Callaghan Jeff and Geremie Callaghan

Christopher and Kelley Coen Christopher and Kelley Coen

Alana and David Almonte Alana and David Almonte

Return to top