The Women’s Resource Center, which serves Newport and Bristol Counties (WRC), announced announced that it raised $54,000 at its inaugural Butterfly Ball, which was held at Hotel Viking on April 27, 2019.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the domestic violence intervention and prevention agency.  

Honorary Chair was Melindah Archana Sharma, a former Portsmouth resident who currently works as a senior director at Johnson & Johnson based in New Jersey.  Event Committee Chair was WRC Board Secretary Kerri Bruneau, a domestic violence survivor, and resident of Portsmouth.

Nearly 200 attendees gathered for an evening of cocktails, dinner, music, and dancing. Both silent and live auctions provided an opportunity for attendees to bid on items including vacations, artwork, sports memorabilia, and more. Proceeds from the event will fund the domestic violence prevention activities of the Women’s Resource Center, including advocacy, education and support services for women, men, children and families throughout Newport and Bristol counties.

Emperor level sponsors included Firestone Foundation, Petrovas Family, California based start-up Roambee, and the RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority Foundation. Monarch level sponsors were Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Newberry Public Relations & Marketing, Inc.  The royal level sponsor was Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

A member of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Women’s Resource Center serving Newport and Bristol Counties was founded in 1977 to provide comprehensive domestic violence intervention and prevention services that educate, advocate, and shelter any individual in need of assistance. Each year, WRC helps women, children, families, men and the elderly to obtain the services they required to secure their physical, mental, emotional and financial safety from domestic abuse.  The agency is headquartered in Newport and maintains an additional office in Warren. For more information on the Women’s Resource Center, visit or call 401-846-5263.

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