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Newport Marathon and Half Marathon officially sets fundraising record in 2019 Marathon and Half Marathon officially sets fundraising record in 2019<p><em>​</em><strong style="background-color:transparent;"><em>This article is written by Daily News staff. It was </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>posted on</em></a><em> on November 25, 2019.</em></strong></p><p> <span style="background-color:transparent;">With the final numbers tallied, Gray Matter Marketing and Amica Insurance have announced the 2019 Amica Insurance Newport Marathon and Half Marathon has set a new fundraising record for the event, raising a combined total of more than $156,000 for local and regional charities. Including the 2019 total, the event has now contributed approximately $420,000 to nonprofits since 2015.</span></p><p>Each year, the race organization donates directly to the event's official charitable partners: the Aquidneck Land Trust, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, Clean Ocean Access, Boys Town New England and the YMCA of Newport County.</p><p>In addition, event participants raised a combined total of approximately $92,000 for a variety of chosen charities. Sparrow's Nest, a nonprofit in upstate New York that provides meals for families whose primary caretakers are unable to cook due to extended illness and treatment, had the largest team contribution — their 26 runners at the Amica Insurance Newport Marathon raised $62,000 for their organization.</p><p>This year, Amica Insurance announced a new initiative called RUN-raising for Good, through which 10 randomly selected fundraisers received an additional $1,000 contribution for their designated charity. The contributions were given on behalf of the following runners: Allison Neves, running for Samaritans, Inc.; Patrice French, running for Ronald McDonald House of Providence; Andrew Chagnon, running for Boys Town New England; Lindsey Machamer, running for Boys Town New England; Ken Dobler, running for Firefighters Fighting ALS; Amanda Jones, running for Clean Ocean Access; Gabriela Gonzales, running for Boys Town New England; Tammy Allard, running for Running For Rescues; Kimberly Ohnemus, running for Clean Ocean Access; and Nora Johnson, running for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.</p><p>“I have run for charities in some of my other marathons, but this year's Amica Newport Marathon was special, running for my friend Steve, who is battling ALS, and his foundation, Firefighters Fighting ALS," Ken Dobler, one of the Amica donation recipients, said in a press release. “I was overwhelmed by the financial support I received from friends, and appreciate being selected by Amica to receive an additional donation."</p><p>Dobler also shared, “On a separate note, in a back-and-forth with Steve about the fundraiser's progress, Steve wrote, 'Proud dad moment. I showed my eight-year-old son ... and he said when he is allowed to run a marathon, he was going to help a friend. Thank you for planting the seed; that alone is worth a million.'"</p><p>Amanda Jones received an Amica donation for environmental nonprofit Clean Ocean Access. “This was my second year in a row running in the Amica Newport Half Marathon, which was an absolute blast," she said in the release. “The course is stunning, with beautiful views of the ocean from just about every mile.</p><p>“Without [a healthy ocean], I wouldn't be able to see all the amazing views that I do while running, walking or studying at Salve Regina University. That's why the Clean Ocean Access mission is so important to me — their vision is for a healthy ocean that's free of marine debris, with water that is safe for all ocean activities and a shoreline that is accessible to the public."</p><p>In addition, runners were able to vote for their favorite of five themed water stops, designed and staffed by Amica employees. The winning group got to choose an Amica Insurance Newport Marathon nonprofit partner to receive a $5,000 donation from Amica, and selected the Ronald McDonald House of Providence.</p><p>The Amica Insurance Newport Marathon and Half Marathon will return on Oct. 11, 2020, with event registration opening Dec. 2, 2019.</p><p>For more information, visit​<br></p>2019-12-04T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Charitable Partners announced for the 2019 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run Partners announced for the 2019 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run<p>​<em></em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>This article was posted on on August 13, 2019.</em></a></p><p>The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Foundation has announced their charitable partners for the 2019 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. This year's list includes 35 charities from Rhode Island and the surrounding area. To date, the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run and the RITB Foundation have donated close to $700,000 to non-profits through this event. In 2018 alone, the event raised a combined total of $160,000 for nonprofits, between direct Foundation grants and fundraising by charities and teams. The event is produced by local event management company Gray Matter Marketing and has won the "Best of Newport" award for three years in a row under the charitable event category.</p><p>"We're proud to continue our partnership with the RITB Foundation, Citizens Bank and all of our local sponsors in producing this excellent event," says Matt Gray, President of Gray Matter Marketing in a press release. "Each year, the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run continues to get better and better, from larger charitable impact to more participants. It's inspiring to watch runners and walkers come together to support these great causes, and to celebrate the iconic Newport Pell Bridge's 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary year."</p><p>"Boys Town New England is honored to have been chosen as a charity partner for the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run, especially in the 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary year," says Elizabeth Rose, Donor Relations Specialist at Boys Town New England in a prepared statement. "We are looking forward to bringing our youth, team and supporters together for a fun race weekend, and we are grateful for the opportunity to use this event to build a bridge with our local community and share more about the work we are doing to help children and families right here on Aquidneck Island."</p><p>"Girls on the Run RI is very excited to be a community partner for this year's Citizen's Bank Pell Bridge Run," says Jacklyn O'Hara, Executive Director at Girls on the Run Rhode Island in a prepared statement. "As a young women's empowerment program that uses running to build confidence in our girls, we are always excited to be part of the larger running community in the state. Being a community partner will help us leverage funds and awareness to continue to create access for all girls in our program."</p><p>The 4-mile run/walk on October 20th, 2019 takes pedestrians from Jamestown to Newport, Rhode Island over the iconic Newport Pell Bridge. This year's Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run is a proud part of the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebrations for the bridge.</p><p>Starting at 5:30 AM on October 20<sup>th</sup>, runners and walkers will be shuttled from the Newport Visitors Center to the race start line in Jamestown. Participants will be assigned to specific shuttle times. The race itself will begin at 7:15 AM, with participants broken into waves based on pace. Runners and walkers will follow a course on and over the bridge, taking in the sunrise and the stunning fall vistas that the run/walk is known for. They'll finally descend from the bridge on to Farewell Street, finishing back at the Visitors Center on America's Cup Avenue.</p><p>The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Foundation grants funds to local and regional organizations with the proceeds generated the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. The Foundation partners with local communities and nonprofit organizations that positively impact the lives of Rhode Islanders, and charities are chosen by the Foundation's committee after an open application period.</p><p>Registration for runners and walkers is open at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Local businesses interested in event sponsorship can reach out to <a href=""></a> for information.</p><p>Charitable Beneficiaries for the 2019 Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run:</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:50%;">​<span>C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;">​<span>Salvation Army</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Boys Scouts, Troop 1 Jamestown</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Special Olympics</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Sojourner House</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>March of Dimes</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Newport County YMCA</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Girls on the Run</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Jamestown Cub Scouts Pack 1</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Susan G. Komen</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Samaritans</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Rotary Club of Jamestown RI</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Lucy's Hearth</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Fanconi Anemia Research Fund</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Boys and Girls Club of Newport County</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Child and Family Services</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Day One</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Boys Town New England</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Payton Elizebeth Watson Memorial Foundation</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Middletown Youth Football and Cheerleading</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Looking Upwards</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Clean Ocean Access</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Star Kids</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Hasbro Childrens Hospital-Cystic Fibrosis Unit</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Daffodillion</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Womens Resource Center</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Honor Mae Muenier Trust</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Jamestown Historical Society</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Sail to Prevail</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Rogers High School Athletic Boosters Club</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Newport Gulls</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>A Wish Come True</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​<span>Ocean State Waves</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:50%;">​</td></tr></tbody></table>2019-08-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Photo Credit: Clancy Creative/Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run." src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BridgeRun.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone<p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Aces for Boys Town New England for Boys Town New England<p>Boys Town New England was chosen by the International Tennis Hall of Fame as one of 10 local non-profits to receive donations from the "Aces for Rhode Island" initiative at their 2019 Hall of Fame Open. </p><p>"The opportunity to be a charity partner for the International Tennis Hall of Fame's 'Aces for Rhode Island' provides us incredible exposure at a nationally recognized tennis tournament. Not only does this give us the chance to spread awareness of the great work we do for local children and families, but it provides our youth a chance to get involved as well," said Amanda Baker, Development Director, Boys Town New England. </p><p>On July 16, two world-renowned tennis players, Zhang Ze and Gong Maoxin of China, visited the Boys Town New England campus and conducted a mini-clinic to teach our youth how to play tennis.</p><p>Boys Town Assistant-Family<sup>®</sup> Teacher, Amaury Tavarez, shared how one of the youth thought it was "awesome to learn a new sport from a professional athlete''. Which Amaury thought was incredible to hear from a child who normally doesn't like outdoor activities. </p><p>"This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience we could not have offered without the Hall of Fame's support," said Amanda. "It was wonderful to get our kids, none of whom have ever played or knew much about the sport, out of their comfort zone learning something new. After this experience it looks like we might have some budding tennis players here at Boys Town New England." </p><p>The youth who attended the mini-clinic were invited out to watch Zhang Ze and Gong Maoxin's second match on Thursday, July 18.</p><p>Every ace scored in the tennis tournament will result in raising funds for local non-profits, including Boys Town New England.  Aces for Rhode Island is a community initiative that uses the Open as a vehicle to raise funds to support important local causes.</p><p>The pledges start at a minimum of 5 cents per every ace served, with the option for the donors to give a higher amount. It is expected that there will be approximately 350 aces during the tournament. Those pledging can choose to have their funds from the aces go to their charity of choice from the ten participating non-profits, or have the contributions split equally among all of them.</p><p>The participating non-profits offer programs and services that align with the work of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, whether it's enhancing children's lives, promoting active/healthy lifestyles or education. </p><p>Boys Town New England extends a huge thank you to the International Tennis Hall of Fame for choosing us as one of your non-profits in the "Aces for Rhode Island" initiative this year. We appreciate the special experience that our youth got to partake in and your aid in helping us raise funds to continue saving children and healing families in the local community. <br></p><p>​</p>2019-07-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Tennis" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/BannerPhoto.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent