Left to right: Crista Durand, president, Newport Hospital; Roger D.H. Warburton, PhD, outgoing chair of the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund Advisory Committee; and Lori Allan, RN, the advisory council’s incoming chair, celebrate the $121,100 in grants awarded by the fund to twenty local organizations. Photo Credit: Kate Whitney Lucey Photography

Newport Hospital’s Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund announced today they have awarded a total of $121,100 to twenty local organizations. The “Powered by Prince” grants will help to enhance the lives of children and families throughout Newport County through programs that promote active, healthy lifestyles, education, and fun for youth.

“It is both an honor and a privilege for Newport Hospital to be the administrator of a fund that has such a far-reaching and positive impact on the children of our community,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital in a prepared statement. “Together with the fund and its mission, we are committed to providing the youngest among us opportunities to develop and lead healthier lives. We’re really excited about the programs receiving funding.”

Roger D.H. Warburton, PhD, the outgoing chair of the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund Advisory Council, congratulates Marvin Washington (right) of Butler Basketball Club on the funding that will help the organization provide sports opportunities to at-risk and special needs youth.
Photo Credit: Kate Whitney Lucey Photography

In 2010, a $3 million grant from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust was conferred to Newport Hospital by Elizabeth Prince of Newport and her children, Guillaume de Ramel, Diana Oehrli, and Regis de Ramel. In partnership with Newport Hospital, the grant established the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund. The fund provides support for programs that serve underserved, school-age children in Newport County and focus on promoting health and fitness through activity.

“Aquidneck Island is home to so many incredible programs dedicated to the wellbeing of our community’s youth,” said Guillaume de Ramel in a prepared statement. “We are proud to support programs that truly make a difference in the lives of others, and to do so in partnership with Newport Hospital.”

The 2019 Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund recipients and projects include:

  • Bike Newport: Purchasing specialty bikes to explore tracks and trails
  • Boys & Girls Club of Newport County: Expanding physical fitness programming for low-income children
  • Butler Basketball Club: Collaborating with Boys Town of America to provide sports opportunities to at-risk and special needs children
  • Clean Ocean Access: Connecting 60 underserved youth to the Newport shoreline through interactive activities
  • Island Moving Company: Supporting ballet scholarship classes for children ages 8 and 9
  • Lucy’s Hearth: Providing physical exercise and healthy eating programming for children residing in a homeless shelter
  • Middletown Youth Wrestling Club: Supporting the coaching of new youth wrestling participants
  • Newport County YMCA: Offering a health, fitness, and empowerment program for girls ages 7-12; expanding the “Y Health and Fitness” program for physician referred children with medical obesity; and offering year-round after-school squash instruction combined with academic tutoring for disadvantaged youth in grades 5-8
  • Newport County Youth Rugby Football Club: Providing support for the rugby season and establishing an all-girls league for 7th and 8th graders
  • Newport Gulls: Supporting health and wellness presentations and active field days at Newport County middle schools
  • Newport Little League: Providing scholarships and equipment to disadvantaged boys and girls, ages 4-12
  • Newport Open Space Partnership: Offering summer-long, park-based recreational activities
  • Newport Quick Stix: Delivering a free, 8-week introductory indoor field hockey clinic to girls ages 8-13
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary: Supporting year-round youth hiking programs
  • The Potter League for Animals: Scholarships for children to participate in the summer day camp experience with animals, “Camp Happy Tails”
  • Sail Newport: Partnering with Newport Public Schools to teach 4th grade students how to sail
  • Sail to Prevail: Providing opportunities for children with disabilities to experience sailing through an adaptive program
  • Special Olympics RI: Supporting equipment and staffing for integrated team experiences for children with and without disabilities.
  • Star Kids Scholarship Program: Helping to provide after-school programs and summer camp opportunities to at-risk kids
  • Wayne Turner: Indoor Tennis Program: Providing an introduction to indoor tennis for local youth

Since the fund was established, more than $628,000 has been awarded to area programs

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