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Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter Celebrates a Century of Service with Gala Event

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The Red Cross has been an integral part of the Rhode Island community for 100 years

Celebration to be held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

 The American Red Cross, Rhode Island Chapter will host “A Century of Service,” a special celebration in honor of its 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. The event will take place on September 17, 2016 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, 100 years after the formation of the Rhode Island Chapter in Newport in September 1916.

“The Red Cross has been an integral part of the Rhode Island community for 100 years, helping prevent and relieve suffering ---- by carrying out our five core lines of service,” said Tempie Thompson, Executive Director, Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter. “We are excited to celebrate this amazing milestone by honoring our past and celebrating our future with the Rhode Island Community.”

The first Rhode Island Chapter of the Red Cross was chartered on September 15, 1916 on Aquidneck Island. 

The Century of Service celebration will be held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF). The ITHF is part of The Newport Casino, a National Historic Landmark that was first opened on July 26, 1880 as a social club for Newport’s turn of the century summer elite. Guests of the Red Cross Rhode Island Centennial Celebration will have the opportunity to tour the historic museum during the event. The event will also feature a live band and auction with all proceeds benefitting the Red Cross in Rhode Island. 

This Gala, is chaired by Red Cross Rhode Island Board Members Rick McAuliffe, Jr. of The Mayforth Group. The event is being sponsored by Walmart. The centennial celebration will be hosted by WPRI weekend morning anchor and reporter, Brian Yocono and promises to be an evening full of fun, history and inspiration. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The Rhode Island Chapter’s 100 Years of Service traveling exhibit will be featured at the event. The exhibit, designed by students at Roger Williams University as part of a class assignment, features many historical pieces, highlights and changes to the organization over the last century. To inquire about hosting the exhibit at your organization, please contact our volunteer coordinator at 401-831-7701.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RIRedCross.