The Point Association of Newport capped off its active 2016 year of programs with their third annual fundraising effort to benefit the Martin Luther King Community Center in Newport.

The neighborhood association collected over $9,200 in donations from its members and supporters to help the Martin Luther King Community Center (MLK Center).  Since initiating the MLK Center holiday campaign three years ago, the Point Association has raised more than $20,000 to help the Center to continue and expand the services offered to Newport neighbors in need.   .

“The Point Association was proud to once again participate in this wonderful matching program on behalf of the Martin Luther King Community Center,” said John Broughan, Board Member of the Point Association and project director of the fundraising effort. “The generous donations of the members of the Point Association and neighbors on the Point enabled us to significantly increase the amount we raised last year for the MLK Center and their wonderful work.”

“We are profoundly thankful for the Point neighborhood’s generosity,” said Marilyn Warner, Executive Director of the MLK Center.   “The Point Association is a mighty force!  In this year’s appeal, we talked about what we believe in as a Center.  We believe in healthy food, thriving children and families and seniors.  We believe in collaboration.  We believe we can build a stronger Newport County.  I’ll add one:  We believe in the Power of the Point!”

Representatives of the Point met with Marilyn Warren, Executive Director of the MLK Center, and Alyson Novick, Development Director, on January 26th to present this year’s gift and discuss ways the neighborhood association can continue to assist the Center.

“Our members and supporters came forth with their enthusiastic support for the MLK Center and this fundraising drive. The MLK Center is a valued friend and neighbor to the Point, and we were excited to help with this fundraising campaign. We are strong supporters of the Center and the wonderful work they do for our community. We were excited to participate, and look forward to continuing our work and support for the MLK Center and their programs in 2017,” added Tom Hockaday, President of the Point Association.

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