Former Red Sox World Champion Right Fielder Dwight Evans, four-time X Games gold medalist Kevin Robinson (K-Rob) and current New England Revolution forward Teal Bunbury will speak at the 3rd Annual New England Festival of Hope held at Easton’s Beach, Newport, RI, on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
“This is a particularly poignant year for the Festival,” shared Senior Pastor Paul Hoffman of  Evangelical Friends Church (EFC) of Newport. “The 9/11 events were just 15 years ago.   That was a turning point for our country and just the beginning of turbulent times internationally.  We plan to pay respect to the many losses of 9/11 and try to focus on the incredible hope we have in our country’s future.”
Entertainment for the event will include inspirational speeches, a BMX bike demonstration, live music, and free children’s activities.
The Festival of Hope is sponsored by neighboring New England churches including: Evangelical Friends Church of Newport, Calvary United Methodist, Christ Church, Crosspoint Church, First Presbyterian Church, Graceway Community Church, Middletown Baptist Church, Mount Hope Church, Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Church, Portsmouth United Methodist Church and the Salvation Army Newport.

This event is family friendly and free for all to participate. For more information visit EFC Newport is a contemporary church located at 70 Bliss Mine Road, Middletown RI. For more information visit

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