Child & Family’s Townsend Luncheon raises $80K

MIDDLETOWN – Child & Family’s annual Townsend Luncheon, held on June 21, exceeded its fundraising goal and raised more than $80,000 to benefit the nonprofit’s programming.

The event was held at OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, featuring multiple guest speakers over a sit-down lunch.

Some of the programming the funds will support includes Child & Family’s Supportive Housing Program. The initiative provides safe, secure housing to homeless families with children in Newport. Up to 12 families each year benefit from the program, Child & Family says.

Another program, called Family Care Community Partnership with the R.I. Department of Children, Youth & Families, which assists families by connecting them with providers, resources and community supports, will also be supported by the funds raised at the Townsend lunch event.

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Child & Family’s next fundraiser will be its 40th annual Taste of Newport, which is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the Wyndham Newport Hotel in Middletown.

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette