Philanthropy Calendar, April 27, 2018

THE BRAIN INJURY Association of Rhode Island will hold its annual “Keep Your Head Up” walk and run event May 5 at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick. / COURTESY BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF RHODE ISLAND
THE BRAIN INJURY Association of Rhode Island will hold its annual “Keep Your Head Up” walk and run event May 5 at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick. / COURTESY BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF RHODE ISLAND

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Dressing down for Boys Town

Boys Town New England, an organization helping free more than 1,100 children from abuse and neglect every year, is inviting businesses, organizations and schools to dress in casual clothes on Friday, April 27, in support of the “Be a Hero for Children” initiative. Employees or students are asked to contribute $5 for the event. For more information, visit


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Stopping to eat

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank will host its sixth annual “Truck Stop: A Festival of Street Eats” on Friday, April 27, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the food bank, 200 Niantic Ave., Providence. The event will have 23 gourmet food trucks and live music. Tickets cost $85 and proceeds will benefit the food bank. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Singing for charity

Safari Rhode Island will host a singing competition titled “SingRI,” benefiting the nonprofit dedicated to parent and child exploration of Rhode Island, on Friday, April 27, from 6-9 p.m. at the East Greenwich Yacht Club, 10 Water St., East Greenwich. The event will include an eight-singer competition where the winner will be awarded a cash prize and a complimentary recording session. Attendees will be served dinner and drinks. Tickets cost $65. For more information, visit

Savoring the moment

Providence Public Library will present its third annual Savor the Story gala, benefiting the library’s free education, workforce-development and lifelong-learning programs, on Friday, April 27, from 6-10 p.m. at the library, 225 Washington St., Providence. Andy Fruzzetti, ambassador emeritus at Louis Latour, will share the history of Maison Louis Latour wine, which will be served along with dinner. Longtime library philanthropist Rosalyn Sinclair will also be honored with the Enlightenment Award during the event. Black tie optional and valet parking will be offered. Tickets cost $250 and can be purchased by visiting For more information, contact Erica Busillo either at (401) 455-8073 or

Antiques and uniques

The Women’s Alliance of the First Unitarian Church will hold its annual indoor yard sale, titled “Antiques & Uniques,” on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 1 Benevolent St., Providence. Three parish parlors and the atrium will be full of household items, small appliances, toys, some furniture, kitchen items, domestics, art, hardcover books and others to be sold. After-expense proceeds will benefit local charitable organizations supporting women and families. For more information, email

A walk against Alzheimer’s

Providence College will hold its fifth annual walk against Alzheimer’s disease, titled “The Walk to Remember,” on Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at Ray Treacy Track at the college, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence. The event will include music, food and prizes, and proceeds raised will benefit the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Donations are accepted by visiting For more information, email

Singing for a new record

Navigant Credit Union, in celebration of winning an award for being among the best places to work, will hold a special sing-a-long event to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest sing-a-long of the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It” on Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket. The stadium will open at 11:30 a.m. Emily Luther of “The Voice” will help sing. Refreshments will be served. The event is expected to attract more than 1,300 people. Participation is free and donations benefiting Special Olympics of Rhode Island will be accepted. For more information and to register, visit

Celebrating 40 years of ballet

Festival Ballet Providence will host its 40th Anniversary Gala on Sunday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket. The event will feature dinner and dancing, honor artists and patrons who supported the ballet company over the years. Tony Award-winning set designer Eugene Lee will be recognized for his contribution to the arts; Merle and Stanley Goldstein for their dedication to philanthropy; and Dr. Paul Fadale and University Orthopedics for their medical service. Tickets cost between $195-$295. A table sponsor, which includes admission for up to eight people, costs $2,500. For more information and to reserve a spot, visit

Annual college scholarship fundraiser

The Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter School will hold its annual college scholarship fundraising event on Tuesday, May 1, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Siena Restaurant, 400 Putnam Pike, Smithfield. Each ticket purchase includes wine and cheese pairing, and authentic Tuscan Italian food tasting. Tickets cost $50 per person, and various sponsorships cost between $250-$2,000. For more information and to reserve a spot, visit

Some POP for the evening

Providence’s Wilbury Theatre Group will hold a fundraising event, “Pop! A Wilbury Gala,” on Friday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at the POP Emporium for Popular Culture, 219 West Park St., Providence. The event will feature entertainment and performances, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Proceeds raised will benefit the Wilbury Theatre Group’s programs and improvements to its performance space at 40 Sonoma Court, Providence. Tickets cost $75 for general admission and $125 for VIP. For more information, visit

Keep your head up … and walk

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island will hold its “Keep Your Head Up” walk and run event on Saturday, May 5, at 8 a.m. at Goddard Memorial State Park, Ives Road, Warwick. The event will also feature a kids fun run, an obstacle course run, bicycle helmet distribution and fittings, vendor information booths and games. Registration costs $25 per person and $10 for the kids fun run. To register, visit For more information, contact Robyn Chapman either at (401) 228-3319 or