The Junior League of Rhode Island, Inc. Celebrates its 85th Anniversary;
In Her Shoes. . . Honors 85 Women for Outstanding Community Service
MAY 29, 2007, PROVIDENCE, R.I.: On Saturday, May 19, 2007, eight-five women whose
commitment to community service, both personally and/or professionally, exemplifies the spirit,
dedication and values of The Junior League of Rhode Island, Inc., received The Rhode Island 85
Community Service Award at The Junior League of Rhode Island’s 85th Anniversary Gala, In
Her Shoes…85 Years of Women Building Better Communities. Governor and Mrs. Donald L.
Carcieri, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Senator Jack Reed, Congressman James
Langevin, and Representative David Caprio were on hand to salute the 85 honorees. Mary
Catharine H. Miller, President-Elect of The Junior League, said, “We are proud to show our 272
guests what these amazing individuals have accomplished.” Ms. Miller co-chaired the event
along with Kerri Cardi.
The Junior League of Rhode Island raised more than $35,000 at the event, thanks to more than
270 attendees and the generosity of its media, corporate and individual sponsors: NBC 10,
Cardi's Furniture, Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc., Jeff and Tracy Baran, Covidien,
Mandel & Tracy, LLC, Westminster Eyecare Associates, Inc., Cardi Construction Corporation,
Essilor USA, Home Loan & Investment Bank, Gibson & Behman, Lifespan, and Partridge, Snow
& Hahn, LLP.
Sample recipients of The Rhode Island 85 Community Service Award include:
Elizabeth Burke Bryant - Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and
advocate on issues about children’s health, education, safety and economic security, she
is also actively involved in the United Way of Rhode Island and the Local Initiative
Joan Cannady Countryman – A renowned educator, recently returned to Rhode Island
from South Africa where she established The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, she
was formerly head of Lincoln School and currently serves as a member of the Advisory
Board for Volunteers in Providence Schools and Summerbridge at Wheeler School.
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Barbara McCann - Rear Admiral of the United States Navy, she
is the former chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Rhode Island, a
former member of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless,
a trustee of the Newport Public Library and literacy volunteer for Rhode Island Public
Schools and currently serves as Superintendent of Schools, Marlborough, Massachusetts.
Sister Mary Reilly - Co-founder of Dorcas Place Parent Literacy Center, founder of
Sophia Academy and member of the Board of Trustees of St Mary's Academy-Bay
View, her work as an educator reaches out to the low-income population, primarily
women and girls, enabling them to develop and acquire skills in order to secure a better
standard of living.
Some recipients who were posthumously honored include:
Helen Metcalf - Principal founder of Rhode Island School of Design whose hands-on
management established the foundation upon which the Rhode Island School of Design
has become the premier fine arts school in the world.
Doris Duke – Not a stereotypical woman of wealth, at age 21, she established
Independent Aid, today the Doris Duke Foundation, giving away more than $400 million
during her lifetime to support the arts, historic preservation, the environment, medical
research and child welfare.
Ada Lewis Sawyer - The first woman admitted to the Rhode Island bar in 1920, she was
a staunch believer in women’s rights.
(Please refer to the entire Rhode Island 85 Award Recipients list below)
The Junior League of Rhode Island’s Commitment to Community Service
In celebration of its 85th Anniversary, The Junior League of Rhode Island met and exceeded its
goal of completing 85 “Done in a Day” community service projects. One noteworthy project
was The Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen, where The Junior League of Rhode Island, in
partnership with Whole Foods on North Main St. in Providence, provided an interactive cooking
class to promote healthy eating habits for young children and combat the rising rate of childhood
obesity. Additional “Done in a Day” projects supported other nonprofit organizations such as:
the St. Mary’s Home for Children-St. Martha's House, Sophia Academy, Casey Family Services,
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Dorcas Place, the Providence
Children’s Museum, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Camp Hope, and the Rhode
Island Parent Information Network. Starting in the fall, The Junior League of Rhode Island will
kick off its two new signature community service projects: Women Ending Hunger in
conjunction with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Supporting Literacy for Young
Children in collaboration with Children's Friend and Service.
About The Junior League of Rhode Island, Inc.
The Junior League of Rhode Island, Inc., founded in 1921, is an organization of women
committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving
communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since 1921, more
than 16,000 Rhode Island women have participated as members. More than 2.2 million hours of
community service have been contributed valued at more than $40 million, and The Junior
League of Rhode Island has contributed more than $1.5 million to more than 250 community
partners statewide. The Junior League of Rhode Island’s purpose is exclusively educational and
charitable. The Junior League of Rhode Island, Inc. reaches out to all women regardless of age,
race, color, religion, sexual orientation, handicapped status or national origin, who possess an
interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. For more information, please go to www.jlri.org.
The Rhode Island 85 Community Service Award
Peri Ann Aptaker, Esq., CPA/PFS, CFP, CBA
Mary Jane K. (Susan) Baxter
Sharleen E. Bowen
Ann L. Boyd
Elizabeth G. Brito
Elizabeth Burke Bryant
Elizabeth Z. Chace
Stephanie Danforth Chafee, RN
Ruth A.B. Clegg
Joan Cannady Countryman
Susan Cu Uvin, M.D.
The Honorable Laureen D’Ambra
Sophie F. Danforth
Iona B. Dobbins
Nancy M. Dorsey
Sarah T. Dowling, Esq.
Heidi Kirk Duffy
Elizabeth B. Eckel
Lori R. Elias
The Honorable Susan L. Farmer
Pamela Crossley Faulkner
Leslie A. Gardner
Cora Lee Gibbs
The Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg
Carol J. Grant
Susan M. Hawkins
Kathleen C. Hittner, M.D.
Penelope C. Hommeyer
Constance A. Howes
Roberta Mudge Humble
Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE
The Honorable Maureen Maigret
Barbara Margolis, J.D.
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Barbara E. McGann
Martha Toole Murray
Susan K. Neupauer
The Honorable M. Teresa Paiva Weed
Sister Mary Reilly, R.S.M.
The Honorable Elizabeth H. Roberts
The Honorable Lila M. Sapinsley
The Honorable Claudine Schneider
Sue Gallagher Stenhouse
Elaine D. Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC
Kimberly G.P. Sutton
Patricia A. Thompson, CPA, PFS, MST
The Right Reverend Geralyn Wolf
The Honorable Myrth York
Carol J. Young
Posthumously Honored as Recipients of
The Rhode Island 85 Community Service Award
Elizabeth Buffum Chace
Beatrice “Happy” Oenslager Chace
Antoinette Forrester Downing
Sarah E. Doyle
Barbara Simonds Gwynne
Karla C. Harry
Anne Crawford Allen Holst
Julia Ward Howe
Anne Marbury Hutchinson
Gertrude I. Johnson
The Honorable Victoria S. Lederberg, Ph.D.
Idawalley “Ida” Zorada Lewis
Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf
Katherine Herrick Metcalf
The Honorable Florence K. Murray
Ada Sawyer, Esq.
The Honorable Eleanor Slater
Mary T. Wales
Elizabeth Upham Yates