GiddyUp and Party at East Bay Community Action's “Boots & Bling”

Western hats lined the entryway


Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo!  East met West, as the East Bay Community Action Program went wild west for its "Boots & Bling” fundraiser.  Guests at the party, held in a spacious tent at Castle Hill Inn, wore cowboy garb:  hats, (which were given out at the entrance for those in need)  cowboy boots, and fancy belt buckles.  It was a western hoedown, and all for the benefit of important health services programs.

The charming check in lady, hat off

The  music was boot scootin'  foot stomping, and worthy of Johnny Cash. A highlight was the “Try Your Luck” booth, where guests could purchase a lucky horseshoe, with the number corresponding to a numbered gift certificate at many local businesses, mostly eateries.  Silent auction items drew heavy activity, as guests strolled outdoors in the lovely summer even



Arthur Paiva Weed, Teresa & Marie Paiva Weed, Theresa Soares, Andrew Stacy & Julia Santos


The welcome, chaired by Dennis Roy, President and CEO of EBCAP, and with comments by M. Teresa Paiva Weed, President of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, the sponsor, drew attention of all, as Peter M. Marino, President & CEO of the Neighborhood Health Program of RI spoke.  Donations were sought for the “We Care Fund”, a backpack feeding program.  Speakers were Christine Drouth and KC Ferrara, who led the paddle raise for donations.

Delicious hors d'oeuvres on the lawn

Dinner followed the western theme, with Campfire cornbread, Giddy greens and Sheriff’s strawberry shortcake. There was dancing and not a few yee-haws!

The Awards presentation for 2018 Vision and Public Service Awards were held just after dinner . The Awards presentation for 2018 Vision and Public Service Awards were held. 
Honorees were:
Worldways Social Marketing donation of the creation of a new website for East Bay Community Action Program. Susan Dickstein, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV-Clinical), Associate Professor at Brown Medical School, Psychologist at Bradley Hospital, and President of RI Association for Infant Mental Health,. Students and Volunteers of the Walking School Bus at Pell Elementary School in Newport forimproving school attendance and success Lolunteers, especially Kathryn Rok and Mimi Bartlett, Emily Spence, Bristol Health Equity Zone Coordinator.  The Public Service Award went to The Town of Warren, RI.

After dessert and dancing, the cowpokes and cowgirls for a night sauntered off into the sunset.






Artwork and posters for sale



Johnny Cash & Elvis, a treasure




Samantha & Dan Becker




Emily Spence & Susan Dickstein








What the hay!  50 years of service to community




The horseshoe table did brisk business





The country western band in action







Kim Witkop, Julie Chalue & Angus MacDonald on the terrace



Ms. Chalue with Brendan Sasse


CEO Dennis Roy and Peter Marino, CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan





Colleen Hastings & Teresa Paiva Weed speak to Jo Gaines






The Lone Cowpoke






Cutting the rug with a do-si-do





The-hat's that!






Susan Shank introduces the program






Helpers and staff listen to the speakers





The dinner guests






Dennis Roy introducing honoree Teresa Paiva Weed






Teresa Paiva Weed accepts the honor







Former Mayor of Newport Jeanne Marie Napolitano with friend





Peter Marino addressing guests








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