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September 10, 2017

FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATE

Riverside: 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.
“It will represent the largest number of Hall of Fame members, their families and friends ever gathered for a single event,” Patrick T. Conley, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the three sponsoring organizations, said.
A cocktail reception with assorted hors d’oeuvres will begin at 4 p.m. with music provided by Mike Renzi and his orchestra. A historic militia unit, the Pawtuxet Rangers Fife and Drum Corps, will open ceremonies at 5:30 p.m.
“We hope that all living members of the Rhode Island Hall of Fame, their friends, families and concerned Rhode Islanders will support this gala which is critical to allow the Hall of Fame to continue its mission to induct men and women who have brought honor to Rhode Island,” Conley said.
“The success of the gala is critical to the survival of the HOF,” Conley warned. “An endowment of $500,000, the minimum requirement for investment with the Rhode Island Foundation, will yield annual operating income of about $40,000, a sum that will keep the HOF a viable entity,” Conley said. “Our mission is to create an Education Center to provide citizens, school children and visitors an opportunity to know, understand and appreciate the unique contributions of the members of the HOF,” Conley added.
“The HOF fosters state pride and bolsters the self-respect that is essential to building a productive and participatory citizenry,” Conley said. A tax-deductible donation of $175 per person, or $250 per couple is welcomed and dress is black tie (optional) or Business Attire. Reservations may be made by calling 401-272-1776 or visiting our website at RIHeritageHallof Fame.com.

July 11, 2017

A letter to all living members of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame

The fund drive for our permanent Hall of Fame building (prototype attached) has failed, despite the professed willingness of the General Assembly to float a $5.4 million bond issue in November, 2018 to assist us. Perhaps our plans were too grandiose and the naming opportunities for the building too daunting. Therefore, we have reduced our goal from splendor to survival.

To survive, your 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.

In addition, our directors have established an annual fundraising gala in conjunction with the Heritage Harbor Foundation and the Rhode Island Publications Society. This event--styled "Celebrating Rhode Island's Heritage"--will be inaugurated on Saturday October 28, 2017 at a venue to be donated by one of our more affluent inductees.

The details of our fundraising gala are now being developed. You will receive your invitations in due time. However, all inductees, or their families, or their foundations should now consider a tax deductible donation to the Hall of Fame IN ACCORDANCE TO YOUR ABILITY TO GIVE. No donation is too small--and none will be considered too large.

You may send your gift to the Hall of Fame directly at 1445 Wampanoag Trail, Unit #201, East Providence, Rhode Island 02915 (our new office), of you may call me personally on my private cell phone (#401-256-8094) to discuss your concerns and intentions. Any donation of $10,000 or more will make you an endowment sponsor, a status, that will be acknowledged annually in our induction program and in our other literature, including the Dictionary of Rhode Island Biography. Our building drive produced four endowment sponsors (see attached list).

Please remember that the Hall of Fame has conferred upon you Rhode Island's highest and most prestigious honor. You earned that honor; you did not buy it. Perhaps, however, your sense of generosity and gratitude might inspire you to help your Hall of Fame continue its mission to induct future men and women who will bring honor to Rhode Island--as you have done by your achievements.

Sincerely, (Dr.) Patrick T. Conley, President 1995 Inductee



July 1, 2017

TEN PROMINENT RHODE ISLANDERS

Ten prominent Rhode Islanders were inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame at the 53rd Annual Induction Ceremony, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings on May 6, 2017.

According to Board president and 1995 inductee, Dr. Patrick T. Conley-the Hall of Fame, consisting of illustrious Rhode Islanders from Roger Williams and the chief sachems of the Narragansett and the Wampanoag tribes to the present--was created in 1965 to honor "any individual who has brought credit to Rhode Island, brought Rhode Island into prominence, and contributed to the history and heritage of the state.” Such individuals, said Conley, must have been born in Rhode Island, lived, studied, or worked in Rhode Island for a significant time, or made his or her reputation here. Director Michael Lyons was event chairman and Master of Ceremonies, and director Albert Beauparlant was the dinner chairman. The Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Bandl opened the evening’s program followed by an address by Dr. Conley. Dinner music was provided by an array of well-known local musicians and featured the playing of the Hall of Fame March written by 2014 inductee, Ambassador and former Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf II.


The Inductee Class of 2017 (listed alphabetically) with their inductors (who are Hall of Fame Directors) is as follows:


RICHARD L. BREADY, prominent businessman and philanthropist, retired chairman and CEO of Nortek, Inc., and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University (Inductor, Director Robert Burke).


ALFRED L. CARPIONATO, Rhode Island’s major real estate developer, philanthropist, and president of the Carpionato Group, one of the largest independently-owned and operated property development companies in the Northeast (Inductor, Hall of Fame President, Dr. Patrick Conley).


BARTLETT S. DUNBAR, noted sailor and naval officer, president and founder of Bowen’s Wharf Company, revitalizer of the Newport waterfront, and prime mover of the construction of the sail training vessel Oliver Hazard Perry (Inductor, Director Russell DeSimone).


ROBERT T. GALKIN, WINI (BLACHER) GALKIN, and WARREN B. GALKIN, businesspersons and manufacturers, leaders of the West Warwick-based Natco, an international company with factories in China, Canada, and three U.S. states, major benefactors of numerous local charities and educational organizations via the Galkin Foundation (Inductor, Director Emeritus, Spencer Viner, Esq.).


MAYOR AND AMBASSADOR JOSEPH R. PAOLINO, JR., former mayor of Providence (1984-91), U.S. Ambassador to Malta (1994-96), prominent figure in national Democratic Party circles, a major real estate developer, and civic leader (Inductor, Director Patrick Odess).


DR. ARUN K. SINGH, nationally renowned cardiologist and heart surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital performing more than 18,000 open heart surgeries, prolific author of medical papers on heart disease, and humanitarian (Inductor, Director and 2009 Inductee Dr. Scott Molloy).


WILLIAM MICHAEL VAREIKA, noted Newport art dealer and collector, specializing in 18th and 19th century American art, historian, acclaimed historical preservationist, philanthropist, and civic leader (Inductor, Director Kenneth Dooley).



April 8, 2016

TEN PROMINENT RHODE ISLANDERS TO BE INDUCTED INTO STATE HALL OF FAME

The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame today announced the selection of ten prominent Rhode Islanders for membership in the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

According to Board president and 1995 inductee, Patrick T. Conley--the Hall of Fame, now consisting of 747 illustrious Rhode Islanders from Roger Williams and the chief sachems of the Narragansett and the Wampanoag tribes to the present--was created in 1965 to honor "any individual who has brought credit to Rhode Island, brought Rhode Island into prominence, and contributed to the history and heritage of the state." Such individuals, said Conley, must have been born in Rhode Island, lived, studied, or worked in Rhode Island for a significant time, or made his or her reputation here.

This year's induction ceremony--the 52nd--will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet. A 5:00 p.m. social hour will be followed by a 6:00 p.m. dinner, entertainment, the induction ceremony, and a post-induction gathering. Director Michael Lyons is event chairman; director Albert Beauparlant is the dinner chairman, and Director Steve Aveson will be the Master of Ceremonies. The Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band will open the evening's program followed by an address by Dr. Conley during which he will announce plans for a Hall of Fame Building in Bristol and present a model of the proposed structure. Dinner music will be provided by an array of well-known local musicians and will feature the playing of the Hall of Fame March written by 2014 inductee Ambassador J. William Middendorf II. The Inductee Class of 2016 (listed alphabetically) with their inductors (who are Directors) is as follows:

DR. ROBERT D. BILLINGTON --Tourism expert and the principal promoter of the development of the Blackstone Valley. Inducted by Albert R. Beauparlant.

RICHARD A. "DICK" ERNST --Standout player, coach, and administrator in the sports of tennis and hockey. Inducted by Dr. D. Scott Molloy, Jr.

CHARLIE HALL--Comedian, writer, showman, artist, and political cartoonist. Inducted by Cynthia Laughlin.

RALPH R. PAPITTO--Innovative business leader, philanthropist, and humanitarian. Inducted by Stephen J. O'Rourke.

DR. PIYUSH J. PATEL--Scientist, real estate developer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Inducted by Kenneth Dooley.

DR. JAMES T. PATTERSON--Brown University professor emeritus who is a leading and prize-winning historian of modern America. Inducted by Dr. Patrick T. Conley.

DR. PATRICIA R. RECUPERO--President emeritus of Butler Hospital, attorney, and nationally recognized authority in mental health care. Inducted by Dr. Roberta Brown Feather.

ARTHUR S. ROBBINS--Hotel magnate, businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist. Inducted by Dr. John A. Worsley.

MICHAEL A. TAMBURRO--President emeritus of the Pawtucket Red Sox, prize-winning sports executive, civic leader, and philanthropist. Inducted by Michael Lyons.

DR. BETTY R. VOHR--Physician and nationally prominent authority on pediatrics and neonatal care. Inducted by James P. Marusak, Esq.

The donation to the Heritage Hall of Fame for the dinner event is $85.00. The Rhode Island general public is urged to attend to pay tribute to their distinguished fellow citizens. Tickets can be ordered by calling #401-556-6174 and must be purchased in advance by April 22, 2016. Friends, colleagues, and admirers of specific honorees are urged to attend. They should give the ticket agent information concerning their specific honoree in order to be seated near that inductee. For further information call Dr. Patrick T. Conley at #401-273-1787



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