East Bay Center Event to Honor Barrington Police Chief & RI Dept. of Health Director

CRANSTON, RI – The East Bay Center will hold its inaugural event, “Celebrate! An Evening on the East Bay” on Thursday, September 18th from 6-9pm at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol.  The event will be a community celebration for EBC’s service areas of East Providence, Barrington, Bristol, and Warren, RI.

Headlining the evening will be the presentation of two awards. The Public Health Award will be given to Dr. Michael Fine, the Director of the RI Department of Health, primarily for his leadership in the state’s current overdose crisis.  The Community Health Advocate Award will be presented to Barrington Police Chief John LaCross for his leadership in health and safety in the community.
WPRI-TV’s Patrick Little will serve as emcee for the evening, and WPRI is a media sponsor. The Barrington High School Jazz Ensemble will provide entertainment.
Sponsors, to date are: Sail Sponsors, CVS Caremark and Lifespan, Gateway Healthcare.  Anchor Sponsors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Marcum, LLC, Neighborhood Healthcare of RI, and Starkweather & Shepley.
The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided by Leo’s Catering of Bristol.  There will be a silent auction and raffle.
East Bay Center’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by struggles with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.  The event will help to expand services to meet the needs of clients, from individuals, primary care providers, community leaders and others — when in need of mental health and addiction services.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online at: www.EastBayCenter.eventbrite.com or by calling Karl O’Brien at East Bay Center, 401-431-9870, ext. 109.  More information is also available online at www.EastBay.org

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