Mission Statement

The HOF exists to honor and recognize, and to extol and publicize the achievements of thoseRhode Island men and women who have, in the words of the HOF induction citation, "made significant contributions to their community, state, and/or nation." It is also our mission to tell the story of Rhode Island History via interactive technology using the biographies of our inductees, noting their collective impact upon every phase of Rhode Island's development.

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Sept 17, 2017 The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, Heritage Harbor Foundation and the Rhode Island Publications Society will sponsor a gala entitled Honoring the past, Celebrating the Present to be held at Ochre Court, Salve Reginia University on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to attend Gala.

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Reasons to Support the Gala more

To survive, the Hall of Fame needs an endowment that will provide it with annual operating revenue, enable it to hire an executive secretary, pay its new office expenses, and embark upon the publication of a two-volume Dictionary of Rhode Island Biography wherein our inductees will be featured. An endowment of $500,000, the minimum requirement for investment with the Rhode Island Foundation, will yield annual operating income of nearly $40,000, a sum sufficient to keep the Hall of Fame an active, viable entity. This major campaign has been launched and is on-going. As another segment of our fund raising activities, our Board of Directors has established what will be a celebratory fundraising gala in conjunction with the Heritage Harbor Foundation and the Rhode Island Publications Society. This event, entitled "Hope for Rhode Island's Heritage", will be inaugurated on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00p.m. at Ochre Court, the Administration Building of Salve Regina University in Newport. Please see the enclosed invitation for complete details. We hope your sense of generosity and your concern for Rhode Island's heritage might inspire you to help the Hall of Fame continue its mission to induct men and women who have brought honor to Rhode Island. We look forward to having you join us for our inaugural Gala!

Featured Inductee

Richard L Bready, 2017 Richard L Bready, 2017
Inducted 2017
Richard L. “Rick” Bready is an outstanding model of the successful international entrepreneur and corporate citi- zen who never really retires. Rick began his business career in 1967 as an accountant with Arthur Anderson in Boston where he was born in 1944 and grew up. He attended public and parochial schools in the Boston area; graduated from St.  more >

William Michael Vareika William Michael Vareika
Inducted 2017
Historian and philan- thropist, William Vareika exemplifies the art of giving. Raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, Vareika had every intention of becoming a lawyer. In the Fall of 1971, the political science major took a class in 19th-century art mainly to fulfill a school requirement. One day, he slipped into Bostons Trinity Church to reject on a topic for his paper.  more >

Arun K Singh, M.D. Arun K Singh, M.D.
Inducted 2017
Dr. Arun K. Singh, a native of Patna, India, was born in 1944. As a child, the future physician suffered several debili- tating injuries including the breaking of both of his hands at different times, with one of these accidents resulting in the tempo- rary paralysis of his right hand — not the most auspicious start to a career in heart surgery.  more >

Ambassador and Mayor Joe R. Paolino, Jr. Ambassador and Mayor Joe R. Paolino, Jr.
Inducted 2017
The Honorable Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. assumes a unique place in the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. He is now the only inductee whose father, developer Joseph R.  more >

Alfred Carpionato Alfred Carpionato
Inducted 2017
Alfred Carpionato started his life in humble circum- stances working for his fathers single family residential con- struction business when he was merely a teenager. As a very young man, he had traveled to Boston, Florida, and California where he gained invaluable expe- rience working with the top developers of that era. Taking everything he learned in the field, Carpionato took a promi- nent position in the family business. At just fifteen-years-old Carpionato bought his first building in the Smith Hill neigh- borhood of Providence, renovat- ing the units into apartments and transitioning the family business into a commercial real estate firm.  more >


Arthur N Votolato, Judge
Inducted 2017
Judge Arthur Votolato was appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Rhode Island in 1968. His exceptional work on that tribunal led to his appointment as Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit at its inception in June 1996.  more >

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