Child & Family is pleased to announce that its signature benefit event, Au Courant, will return to the runway on Friday, June 16th at 7:00 pm at historic Fort Adams in Newport. Proceeds will support programs that strengthen the fabric of families in Newport County and throughout Rhode Island, including the expansion of foster care services. Celebrity stylist, Derek Warburton, known for styling stars like Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr, and Heather Graham will be a special guest and will also debut his fine jewelry line. Ticket information will be available in May.

“We are so thrilled to announce the return of Au Courant,” said Keith Tavares, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Child & Family. “This event is vital to our organization’s success, as it helps bolster the programs that are so important to the families we serve. We are grateful to Rosanna Ortiz and her StyleWeek team for continuing to partner with us on what promises to be the fashion event of the summer in Newport!”

Founded by Child & Family and StyleWeek Northeast in 2011, Au Courant celebrates the extraordinary creative talents of designers in the Northeast. This year’s event will feature StyleWeek SWIM, a showcase of current resort and swim collections from designers all over the northeast.

“Child & Family is near and dear to my heart and we are thrilled to support such a wonderful cause,” said Rosanna Ortiz, Founder, StyleWeek Northeast.  “Au Courant is one of my favorite events to produce and the amazing backdrop of Fort Adams will help us create a fashion show unlike any other.”

In addition to the SWIM runway show, guests will enjoy a lavish cocktail party inside the Fort Adams courtyard to include catering, an open bar, several specialty bars, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and exquisite desserts, as well as a silent and live auction with unique items. Previous auction items have included lunch in New York City with fashion guru Tim Gunn, weekend long spa retreats and gorgeous jewelry from Swarovski.

The evening also gives attendees the exclusive opportunity to discuss fashion trends with and purchase one-of-a-kind fashions, accessories, and handbags directly from the featured designers.
About Child & Family

Established in downtown Newport in 1866, Child & Family is celebrating its 150th anniversary of serving children and families throughout Rhode Island. Child & Family is the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island.  With state-of-the-art Community Centers in both Middletown and Providence, Child & Family strengthens the fabric of family by providing important services and programs to thousands of children, teens, families and elders each year through multiple programs and services including: Sandpipers Early Learning Center, Family Preservation Services, Residential Programs for Children and Teens, Foster Care, Elder Care Services, and much more. For more information, visit
About StyleWeek

StyleWeek was established in 2009 with the vision of connecting buyers and press with emerging design talent.  A fashion week focused on the business of fashion, StyleWeek is a true celebration of style and culture, which includes both formal fashion shows and community-wide events.  More than 100 emerging designers have showcased their talents since the event’s inception.  For more information, visit

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).