newportFILM has announced that their 7th Annual Summer Benefit, that took place on Saturday, August 6 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, brought in a record-breaking $180,000 to further their mission of educating, enlightening and creating community dialogue through documentary film.

Andrea van Beuren and Terri Connors Photo by Meg Heriot

Presented by The de Ramel Foundation and supported by Isoude (as well as newportFILM’s year-round supporting sponsors Franklin and Company Design Associates, The Strand Hotel NYC, Lexington Partners, and Kirby Perkins Construction), newportFILM’s Summer Benefit is the year-round documentary film festival’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

Drinks by Svedka Vodka, Tom Gore Winery, Dreaming Tree Wines, and Grey Sail Brewing, and savories by Blackstone Caterers were enjoyed by the 350+ guests on the horseshoe piazza while mingling in support of documentary film. Attendees left with thank you gifts including wrap bracelets from Rhode Island-made lifestyle brand, Kiel James Patrick.

newportFILM’s year-round programming for all ages focuses on topics relating to social justice, environmental health, culture and education. The non-profit has become a vital part of the cultural fabric and vibrancy of Rhode Island’s arts community.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).