On Wednesday, October 16th, The Board of Directors and Friends of Lucy’s Hearth will host the 8th Annual Fall for Lucy’s Hearth festive fall fundraiser at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. This year, Lucy’s Hearth is celebrating its 35th anniversary providing shelter and critical human services to families with children experiencing homelessness. 

The event will feature passed hors d’oeuvres and small plates by Russell Morin Fine Catering and Events along with live music from Pat Cottrell. There will be a Silent Auction, a live auction with auctioneer Emlen Drayton and heard remarks from Todd Martin, CEO of International Tennis Hall of Fame. The co-chairs of the event are Todd Martin, CEO and Deborah Linnell. 

Co-Chair Todd Martin, CEO of International Hall of Fame, said in a prepared comment “Lucy’s Hearth is a crucial part of our community that works hard every day to assist children and families with much needed housing and support to help break the cycle of homelessness. The Hall of Fame is proud to support such an impactful organization.” 

Deborah Linnell, co-chair, who has been involved with Lucy’s Hearth for many years, has seen the growth of the quality of programming as well as the move to the incredible new location that is able to house additional children and families. “Lucy’s Hearth has created a space both physically and programmatically where children and families can receive the support they need to achieve self- sufficiency and thrive in the face of adversity.” 

The Susan M. Wilson Volunteer of the Year award will be presented to Rachel Cocroft. 

Lucy’s Hearth was established in 1984 as a grassroots organization serving as a night-to-night shelter for homeless women and children in the community. Over the years, the shelter expanded its service continuum with a focus on self-sufficiency to help families increase their ability to live independently, thus breaking the cycle of homelessness. In 2016, Lucy’s Hearth moved into a newly purchased and renovated facility located at 19 Valley Road in Middletown. The new facility increased the number of families served at one time from 10 to 15. 

In the last year, Lucy’s Hearth served 159 parents and children in its Emergency and Transitional Shelters. In FY 2019, they served nearly 50,000 meals and provided over 20,000 bed nights. All proceeds will go directly to the programs and services of Lucy’s Hearth. 

Sponsorships and tickets can be purchased online at www.lucyshearth.org or over the phone at (401) 847-2021 

Ryan Belmore is the 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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