The Point Association was proud to show their support of the MLK Community Center by presenting the neighborhood’s donation at a meeting with Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director of the MLK Center, and Alyson Novick, Director of Development.

The Point Association of Newport has announced that it capped off its 2018 year of activities with their fifth annual year-end fundraising effort to benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (MLK Center) in Newport.

Their fundraising campaign, which was chaired by John Brougham, collected over $15,240 in donations from its members and neighbors on the Point to help the MLK Center.  

Since initiating the MLK Center holiday campaign five years ago, the Point Association has raised more than $48,575 to help the Center continue and expand the services offered to Newport neighbors in need — $4,608 in 2014, $6,864 in 2015, $8,423 in 2016, $13,440 in 2017, and $15,240 in 2018.

The Point Association presented the neighborhood’s donation to the MLK Center at a meeting with Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director of the MLK Center, and Alyson Novick, Director of Development.

“We’re amazed by the impact of The Point Association on this community,” said Stroud, Executive Director of the Center in a prepared statement.  “Year after year this group of neighbors come together to create positive change. We will put this generous gift to work helping those in need in our community.”     

“We are proud and deeply appreciative of the members of the association and our neighbors who generously 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 are excited to help raise funds for this wonderful community organization. We know that every dollar raised goes right to work for those in need in our community—feeding the hungry, providing high quality educational programs for children, engaging seniors, and much more. We look forward to continuing our work and support for the MLK Center and their programs in 2019,” said Tom Hockaday, President of the Point Association in a prepared statement.

The Point Association of Newport, comprised of neighbors and residents in Newport’s historic Point neighborhood, has been serving the neighborhood and community for over 60 years.  They pride themselves in taking proactive measures to make our neighborhood a better place to live and work.

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