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  • 16th Annual Brighter Futures Event Raises $170,000 for FSRI Programs

    The virtual event offered messages of hope and gratitude for those who keep Rhode Islanders safe during COVID.

    The 15th Annual Brighter Futures Event reached $170,000 in donations on Tuesday as they hosted their first-ever virtual fundraiser to support FSRI programs to support families and children in Rhode Island. After emcee Joe Wilson, Jr. asked for a moment of silence for COVID-19 victims and their families, the event featured a moving tribute to heroes in FSRI's Hope, Healing, Home, and Hope departments that assisted families in need during the COVID pandemic, and honored Rhode Island Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott with this year's Brighter Futures award for her tireless efforts to keep Rhode Islanders safe.

    "I'm humbled and honored to receive this award as a motivator to continue to fight the good fight, and to work hard with so many others on behalf of the Rhode Islanders that deserve it," Dr. Alexander-Scott said as she accepted the award. "Thank you."

    The funds raised during the event will offer continued support for FSRI's 30+ programs and wraparound services, including the Be Safe program, as the pandemic continues nationwide.

    "When COVID forced statewide lockdowns, we never pushed the pause button," said CEO Margaret Holland McDuff. "We launched telehealth, we delivered masks, cleaning supplies, and food to over 27,000 Rhode Islanders." 

    FSRI plans to build on the Be Safe program's success in the coming months as the COVID case numbers continue to rise and the need for these supplies continues.

    "We are here for you, your parents, your children-- whoever in your family needs help," said Be Safe coordinator Akabra Hodge. "Just pick up the phone and ask."

    The virtual fundraiser remains online for viewing and donations at https://www.brighterfuturesri.org/  

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