The Point Association of Newport capped off its active 2017 year of activities with their fourth annual year-end fundraising effort to benefit the Martin Luther King Community Center in Newport.

The neighborhood association collected over $13,440 in donations from its members and neighbors on the Point to help the MLK Center.  Since initiating the MLK Center holiday campaign four years ago, the Point Association has raised more than $34,200 to help the Center to continue and expand the services offered to Newport neighbors in need — $4,700 in 2014, $6,860 in 2015, $9,200 in 2016, and $13,440 in 2017.

The Point Association was proud to show their support, pay tribute to the outstanding work of the MLK Center, and present their check to the center at the Point Association’s annual New Year’s Reception at the Newport Yacht Club. Three representatives of the MLK Center joined the Point residents to accept the donation – Marilyn Warner, Executive Director of the MLK Center, Alyson Novick, Director of Development, and Heather Strout, Assistant Executive Director.

“‘Never doubt that the group of thoughtful, committed citizens that comprise the Point Association can change the world!’ We’re both thrilled and humbled by the success of the PA’s 2017 fundraising to benefit the MLK Community Center” said Alyson Novick, Director of Development of the MLK Center.  “Your steadfast commitment to the MLK spurred other donors to give in large numbers. Every dollar gets right to work for the most vulnerable in our community – feeding the hungry, providing high quality yet affordable education programs for children, engaging seniors and adults, and more. We continue to be amazed at your generosity and we’re delighted to see so many members volunteering at the Center. Because of the Point, our community is a better place for all. Thank you!”

“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. Out members and neighbors were excited to participate, and show the importance of grassroots support in our community.  We look forward to continuing our work and support for the MLK Center and their programs in 2018,” said Tom Hockaday, President of the Point Association.

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

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Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.