Ballard Park Goes "Into the Woods" for Annual Fundraiser

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In the bucolic setting at the home of Carol and Les Ballard, Beacon Hill Road, Newport, The Friends of Ballard Park held its annual fundraiser, always a theatrical event. The living trees, who for years journeyed to a setting on Berkeley Avenue in Newport were spared the trip: the party came to them.


Listening to jazz by the Ben Shaw Quartet, tasting excellent vintage wines from Les Ballard's fabled wine Cellar (and champagnes, too), guests at the event were served superior cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as they perused an extensive silent auction.


Ballard Park, an unspoiled 13 acre preserve, remarkably diverse in geography,forms an unfragmented block of habitat and open space with the contiguous 54 acre wildlife refuge, Gooseberry Beach, Newport Country Club and Brenton Point State Park. It is the scene of numerous outdoor. imaginative events for families and children. The park was a gift to the city of Newport by Carol Ballard in 1990.


The beautiful garden entryway


Seen were staunch and perennial supporters of the Park Mayor Harry Winthrop, who talked with Mr. Ballard and Justin McLaughlin. State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed arrived, and Mr. Ballard, ever the host, spoke with David Elwell. Executive Director of the Park Colleen McGrath spoke to guests and assured that all went smoothly. Party Co-chairs Colleen Quinn and Peggy Richmond greeted the the guests, who included Jonathan Pardee, Diane and Robert Beaver, Michelle and Tom Shevlin, Alilison and Steve Walk, and David Thalmann.


All proceeds from the event go to programming at Ballard Park. For information on upcoming events, go to


A living topiary

Greeting guests

Ballard Park Director Colleen McGrath & Brittany Hullinger

Kathleen Beckett Cullen & Tom Cullen

Debbie & David Grant

Host Les Ballard with Sherry & Mark Brice

Sandra & Daniel Kinder

Sisters Terry Grosvenor & Lisa Stubbs

Dick Brickley

Ken Brockway & Steve Seiter

The Ben Shaw Quartet made music

Tony Cavanagh & Deborah Von Hausen

Author Bing West & Tony Cavanagh

The Honorable Judy McLennan & Jean Gorham

Daniel Burns &Alexandra Philippides

Michael Murray, Rick Grosvenor & Paula Murray

Co-chair Peggy Richmond & Rick Grosvenor

Bing West & Jerry Slocum

Mary Bush Brown & Ann Conners

Susan Ross,Ms. Baker & Elizabeth Clark

Jessica Hagen & Gay Ben Tre

Sandra King & Christie Smith

The living tree of gold

Trudy Coxe & Donald O. Ross

The busy silent auction table

Sharon & Bill Wood Prince

Doris & Bernard Nemtzow

Senator Teresa Paiva Weed, Colleen McGrath & Steve Waluk

Robert Evans & John Richmond

Mayor Harry Winthrop & Pierre Irving

Photographer Caterine Milinaire

Sister Jane Gerety

Michelle & Tom Shevlin



Richard & Barbara Bohan


Jonathan Pardee


Michael Semenza, Monique Staucet  & Robin Carreiro


Gail Whipple with Leslie Hogan & Dominique Alfandre


John Richmond, host Les Ballard & friend


Justin McLaughlin, Allison Vareika & David Thalmann


Leslie Grosvenor, Captain Nicholas Brown & Noelle Shiland


Diane Beaver & Michael Semenza


Roger King & Toby Pell


David Brown with friends


Co-chair Peggy Richmond welcomes guests, with Colleen McGrath


Detailing Ballard Park's programs and successes


Dr. Hugh O'Donnell listens intently


Tia & Ken Scigulinsky with Colleen McGrath


Fabulous auction items


Jay Page, Martha Hunnewell, Fran Quinn & Stephanie Forstmann


Handing out favors bags from Sequin


The Ballards Manor House

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