Classic Hollywood Channeled in BBBSOS's "The Big Night Out"

Hooray for Hollywood! Cheers for 50 Years to BBBSOS of the Ocean State!


James Dean and Marilyn Monroe

Movie icons James Dean and Marilyn Monroe were standing there (in cutout form), and Audrey Hepburn looked down from above at the classy and classic "Big Night Out" of the Big Brothers and Sisters of the Ocean State. A black and white film noir played, as the guests toasted, selected from the extensive silent auction, and dressed the part.We were back to the era of Lloyd Nolan and Broderick Crawford.

Audrey Hepburn looked down from above


Founder of BBBSOS Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz

Celebrating 50 years of providing high quality mentors to the youth of Rhode Island , the proactive and effectual agency honored its founding mother Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz. The live auction was full of action, and the crowd was dressed to the nines.Nancy Paolino and her Black Tie Band provided music for dancing during the dinner and afterward.


Nancy Paolino & the Black Tie Band


Seen were George Fleming, Jill Carlton, Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz, Palmira Azevedo, Mary and John Quadrini.  Jane and Kenneth Beaton, Joan Fleming,  Teema Garpue, Joyce Stevos, Executive Director Katje Afonseca and husband Donaldo, Event Chairs Jean Reuter Finkelman and Donna Corvese.  From the  Board of Directors, Alison Reuter and husband Michael,  and the talent, BIG and LITTLE, who performed at the event, Sandra Cotrone (BIG) and Shanya B (LITTLE).

Guests with Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz


A pianist and singer performed throughout in the lobby, and a bronzed cameraman shot the whole event. Or did he?  Was it a filmic, Hitchcockian sleight of hand?



        The event netted $123,000 for BBBSOS--the organization’s best year yet, with attendance of over 250 guests.  “The money raised from this event will allow us to continue to fund our mentoring programs,” said Executive Director, Katje Afonseca


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 Exec. Director Katje Alfonseca &


Stacy Rappaport, Christine Cunneen, Jen Lombardo & Dave Lombardo


Silent auction Getaway table






P. J. Raposo & Lee AnnaO'Neill, of BBBSOS


Marie & Joe Manera, Suzanne Acardo


Steven Barron & Laura Corvese


The pre-dinner crowd



Jennifer Souza & Amber Lucero selling raffle tickets


Shanya B. & Sandra Catrone



Checking in guests


Michael & Kelly Sullivan


The mysterious bronzed cameraman


John & Sarah Rivard


April Brown, Wali Muhammad Tahnee, C.M. Muhammad,Valerie Jutson, Hilina Atakaiye & Lanre


Richard Liscio in costume


Jeremy & Erin Ross, Melissa & Mike Lorraine


Jonathan Cardosi & Francesca Portela




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