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									   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
       Support Corporation.
      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


                Recipients of
The Rhode Island 85 Community Service Award

                   Joan Abrams
                  Karen Adams
  Peri Ann Aptaker, Esq., CPA/PFS, CFP, CBA
          Mary Jane K. (Susan) Baxter
               Sharleen E. Bowen
                   Ann L. Boyd
                  Kate Brewster
                Elizabeth G. Brito
             Elizabeth Burke Bryant
                Martha Buonanno
                Elizabeth Capozzi
                Suzanne Carcieri
               Elizabeth Z. Chace
         Stephanie Danforth Chafee, RN
                Lisa Churchville
                Wendy Cicchetti
                Ruth A.B. Clegg
           Joan Cannady Countryman
                    Trudy Coxe
              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
                   Grace Dugan
               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
                   Juana Horton
              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
               Deborah Ruggiero
       The Honorable Lila M. Sapinsley
      The Honorable Claudine Schneider
            Sue Gallagher Stenhouse
     Elaine D. Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC
                  Sally Strachan
             Kimberly G.P. Sutton
    Patricia A. Thompson, CPA, PFS, MST
                 Barbara Walsh
                  Laurie White
       The Right Reverend Geralyn Wolf
                  Patrice Wood
          The Honorable Myrth York
                 Carol J. Young

    Posthumously Honored as Recipients of
The Rhode Island 85 Community Service Award

             Christiana Bannister
           Elizabeth Buffum Chace
      Beatrice “Happy” Oenslager Chace
        Antoinette Forrester Downing
                Sarah E. Doyle
                  Doris Duke
          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


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