The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center proudly announces the 22th annual Swing into Spring, scheduled for Thursday, April 5th from 6-10 p.m. at The Atlantic Resort, 240 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. The evening will feature music from DJ Shane Carvalho, dancing, a buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $100 in advance or $115 at the door and can be purchased by calling Heather Strout at (401) 846-4828 ext. 121, emailing or visiting

Swing is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Our goal this year is to raise more than $150,000 to sustain and grow our Hunger Relief, Education, and Community programs that serve 3,000 children, adults, and seniors across Newport County each year.

“We’ve been blessed by a community that continues to step up again and again, and it’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for 22 years,” said Marilyn Warren, Executive Director for the MLK Community Center in a prepared statement. “Whether it’s the hard-working family getting a meal from the food pantry or a three-year-old entering her first day of pre-school, we couldn’t provide the critical services we do without the support of our generous donors.”

The silent and live auctions will feature a wide range of items, including: Celtics tickets (in the owner’s box, dinner with the owner, and snacks during the game), Yacht Cruise with provisioning from Blackstone Catering, Marriott one-night stay and spa treatment, and much more!

For the first time ever, we are thrilled to celebrate Gail Lowney Alofsin as our Honorary Chair for this year’s Swing. Gail served on the MLK Community Center’s board from 2006 to 2016 and is someone who lives her passion every day. She is an internationally recognized speaker, author, career coach, mentor and university professor. Her programs are focused on coaching, mentoring and assisting others, especially women, in becoming their best selves.

Some key supporters for this year’s Swing into Spring include: Tulip Sponsors: BankNewport; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Cosmed Group; Suzette Schochet, Richard J. Henken and the Schochet Companies. Lily Sponsors: Gail Alofsin and family; Bowen’s Wharf Company; Teri Degnan Real Estate & Consulting, Ltd.; Hyacinth Sponsors: Bazarsky Family Foundation; Bob and Rena DiMuccio; Kirby Perkins Construction; Steve and Zulekha Ludwig; Newport Harbor Corporation; Mike Nolan and Heather Hornbeck; Bart Dunbar and Lisa Lewis.

Since 1922, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center has continued to evolve in providing a safe and nurturing environment for the changing needs of Newport County residents who seek nutritional, educational, and social supports to improve the quality of their lives.

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