Ballard Park Fundraiser: The Forest Stayed Home, but the Trees Attended

                         Whose woods are these, I think I know
                                  His house in in the village, though;


                                              ---Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"



The astonishing "living" trees once again welcomed (shall we say lured?) guests into the tent at the lovely home of Carol and Les Ballard, in our "village" of Newport, prompting one male guest to utter, "I think I may become a tree-hugger."


Newport's civic minded citizens turned out to honor the wonderful 13-acre Ballard Park and its interesting array of programs, to listen to the jazzy arrangements of the Mike Walsh Trio, and to bid on a wide array of silent auction items (including a Tory Burch bag and tickets to the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Tournament. )


Sponsored by The Friends of Ballard Park, a group founded in 1996 to "protect preserve and maintain" the Park, a 13-acre preserve generously donated by Carol C. Ballard in 1990, the party honored her.  Husband Les Ballard accepted the accolades and thanks of party Co-Chairs Colleen Quinn and Peggy Richmond.


Holly House, the gracious Newport home of the Ballards


Mayor Steve Waluk thanked the Ballards and the staff the Friends of Ballard Park for their ongoing services to the citizens of Newport.


Enjoying the hors d'oeuvres and camaraderie were Jay Serzan, Diane and Robert Beaver, Paul Szapary and Diana Sylvaria, Martha Hunnewell, Donald Ross, Tony Cavanagh, Patti Mascali, Mary and Patty Hayes, Cheryl Mrzowoski, Councilman Justin Laughlin, Johnny Richmond, Jessica Hagen, Tom Eberhardt, Daniel Burns, Trudy Coxe, Nicholas Sheetz, Pierre Irving, Lisa Goddard, Ken Brockway, and Sid and Jean Gorham. Colleen McGrath, Executive Director of Ballard Park, saw that all ran smoothly.


Passed hors d'oeuvres were luscious, and the buffet table a veritable
groaning board. Guests wandered out into the garden for the last rays of the afternoon sun. As the party ended, the elegant trees were seen making their way back to Ballard Park. Over 200 guests attended the event, and it raised over $31,000 for the ongoing Park programs.




Mike Walsh's trio playing favorites

Tom Goddard, Michael Hayes, Tom Gilbane & Bill Vareika

toasting Ballard Park

Leslie Grosvenor & Kathleen Cullen chose flowered slacks

A woodland sprite from Ballard Park

Brian Handley, Doris Nemtzow & Donald Pizinger

Michelle Palazzo & Tom Shevlin

Tom, Sr. & Mary Shevlin, Tom Shevlin & Michelle Palazzo

Donna Fitch & Colleen McGrath

Johnny & Peggy Richmond, Event Co-chair, Ken & Marilyn Brockway

Lisa Goddard with Patti Mascali & Tony Cavanagh

Tom Eberhardt, Nancy Brickley, Daniel Burns & Stacie Mills

Brian McKenna making a point

Jack & Bobbi Mercier

Fantastic summer jewelry on display: Mary Van Pelt and Kim Renk

Mary Bush Brown, Mary Joan & Steve Seiter, Tom Goddard

Cris Cobaugh laughed with Laurie Moore

 A fabulous Tory Burch bag

Host & philanthropist Les Ballard with Jay Serzan

David Thalmann talked to Tom Blake


Diana Sylvaria & Paul Szapary ponder an auction item


Jennifer Kanyock, Emily Jenkins, Kathy McGrath,who checked

200 guests in


Robert Beaver at the buffet table


Dawn Lima & Michael Moitoza smile for NS


Susan Stautberg & Kim Herrlinger


Stephanie Forstmann, Don Ritter & Diane Beaver


Co-chairs Colleen Quinn & Peggy Richmond welcoming friends


Les Ballard accepts the encomium


Mayor Waluk welcoming


Praising Ballard Park


The living birch tree


Cheryl Mrozowski & Sid Gorham listen to the remarks


Patti Mascali, Buck Sherman & Tony Cavanagh


Trudy Coxe of the Preservation Society


Mary Hayes Patty Hayes & Cheryl Mrzowoski


Jay Page, Martha Hunnewell & Jim Ross


Earle & Lisa Stubbs, woodland sprite & Leslie Grosvenor


Birch tree shelters Colleen Quinn & Kate Field


Nicholas Sheetz


Rob Bailey & Teddy Aspegren


Steve Seiter &  David Bush Brown


Charlie Hayes enjoying the party


"Did you see that painting in the auction?"


Pierre Dupont Irving with  Leslie & David Reed


Jessica Hagen & Tom Eberhardt


Host Les Ballard with Newport Seen's Linda Phillips & Sister

Jane Gerety, President of Salve Regina University


Guests on the lawn of Holly House at sunset


Robert & Diane Beaver enjoying the event


Mayor Steve Waluk with Councilman Justin Laughlin


Friends Johnny Richman & Les Ballard


Don Ross listening:  Jean Gorham in yellow


Leading the way into the party tent


The woodland sprites bid adieu to Holly House

Our work is done! Back to wonderful Ballard Park!












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