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.

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