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Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors


Leadership Sponsorship

Amy and Tim Berkowitz

Edith McBean

James and Alice Ross



Juliette “Judy” Clagett McLennan

Lisa Whisler



Sister Therese Antone

Lilly Dick

Philip C. Marshall

Victoria Mele

Mr. Douglas L. Newhouse and Dr. Holly M. Bannister

Susan Petrovas


Mikel Folcarelli and John Gwynne

Frankie Vagnone and Johnny Yeagley

2023 Awardees

Newport Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission
Newport, RI

Awarded to the Newport Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission (HCAC), a nine-member volunteer appointed commission to assist the city in efforts to preserve, protect and promote Newport’s historic burying grounds. The HCAC’s recent work has focused on improving site access, expanding funding, repairing headstones, and increasing educational content for the City’s eight burial grounds that serve as important historic public spaces.

The Captain William Finch House (c. 1770)
78 Washington Street, Newport, RI

Awarded to Dave and Jenay Evans for the exterior and interior restoration of their 18th-century home. The project fully restored the building from a state of structural disrepair and transformed it into a vibrant home. The project carefully retained the building’s original craftsmanship and detailing while updating the property to code.

Newport Tree Conservancy
Newport, RI

Awarded to the Newport Tree Conservancy for the Heritage Tree Center, a community resource to study, protect, and propagate Rhode Island’s most unique, historic, and at-risk heritage trees. The Center is preserving and propagating the genetic lines of historic trees statewide for public and private planting. It also engages Newport students to expand the community’s involvement in the horticultural process.

The Sailing Museum
365 Thames Street, Newport, RI

Awarded to the Sailing Museum for the adaptive use of the historic Newport Armory (1894). The project, undertaken in collaboration with the City of Newport and contractor Kirby Perkins, transformed the Armory into a multi-use public and private space in the heart of Thames Street. The project included timely exterior repairs to preserve the building while updating the interior to be a welcoming public space.

Photo credit Annabel Hendersøn

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