The food pantry at the MLK Center.

The Point Association of Newport this week announced that it capped off its 2021 year of community activities with its eight annual year-end fundraising drive to benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Community Center.

According to The Point Association, this fundraising campaign was directed by John Broughan and Bill  Rauch, who has wonderfully led this fundraising effort for the last eight years. 

The neighborhood association says that it collected a record-shattering $23,040 in donations  from its members and neighbors on the Point to help the MLK Center, an increase  of nearly $6,000 over last year’s record setting donation.

Since initiating the MLK  Center holiday campaign seven years ago, the Point Association has raised more than  $97,000 to help the Center to continue and expand the services offered to Newport  neighbors in need.  

“We’re incredibly honored to once again be on the receiving end of great generosity from The Point Association. This year’s record-breaking donation by their team will go such an incredibly long way in our efforts to nourish, educate and support those in need around Newport County,” said Heather Hole Strout, Executive Director of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. “The Point Association was named our Keeper of  the Dream: Community Partner in 2019 and we’re forever grateful to have such a strong  friendship with them.” 

“Every year for the past eight years our members and neighbors have shown their generosity and support for the MLK Center through our annual fundraising drive,” said  Ken Snyder, President of the Point Association. “And this year, when the need was greater than ever, so was our commitment to support the wonderful work of the MLK  Center with a record-breaking level of participation and generosity. We are honored to do our part in support of the MLK Center’s work to feed the hungry, provide high-quality educational programs for children, engage seniors, and much more. And as the MLK  Center celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2022, we look forward to continuing our  neighborhood support of their much-needed community programs.”

In addition to their efforts on behalf of the MLK Center, the Point Association has raised and contributed nearly $21,000 in the last eleven years to numerous other local organizations and charities that serve our community. 

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.

“We pride ourselves in taking proactive measures to make our  neighborhood a better place to live and work,” the neighborhood association says in a statement. “The year-end activities of the Point  Association not only include the fundraising drive for the MLK Center and their annual  coat drive, but additional programs that help boost neighbors and members of the  community during the holiday season. This year, the Point Association sponsored their  annual Christmas Tree lighting in Storer Park and continued our efforts to help bring joy  to the community during another difficult year of the pandemic. Volunteers placed  Christmas wreaths on the 41 historic gas street lamps in the neighborhood and  sponsored “Light Up the Point,” a call for all neighbors to light up their homes with  decorations, window candles, lightings and Christmas trees to celebrate the holidays.  Over 150 homes participated in this effort to “Light up the Point” for all neighbors and  the community to enjoy”.

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