For the first time, The Heather Abbott Foundation will host its Fall Kick Off Fundraiser in Rhode Island!

The Heather Abbott Foundation’s 5th Annual Fall Kick Off Fundraiser will take place at @ The Deck in Newport on Saturday, October 5th from 1- 5 pm.

The event’s Emcee is WJAR News Channel 10’s Brian Crandall and the speaking program will include a special video message from Governor Gina Raimondo. Special guest and HAF water prosthesis beneficiary, James McClelland of Hampton, NH will speak about how his new prosthesis has allowed him to once again enjoy sports on the water following the amputation of his right leg, below the knee. A Step Ahead Prosthetics of Burlington, MA will provide a prosthetics display staffed with experts for Q&A.

This event will also feature, delicious bites, live music by Sean Rivers and a silent auction. In attendance will be local HAF beneficiaries, Boston Marathon bombing survivors and friends and supporters of HAF. 

Funds raised will assist in continuing HAF’s mission to help provide prostheses to limb loss victims of traumatic circumstances. The event’s fundraising will also support other HAF programs designed to enhance the lives of amputees, including Krystle’s Kids’ Fund, established in 2018 by friends of Krystle, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. Beneficiaries of this fund are children in the New England area with limb differences, who receive scholarships to attend special camps designed for them, like Camp No Limits.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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