State Society of Rhode Island to Honor 2018 Leadership Awardees at Annual "Rhode to DC" Event

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Washington, D.C., October 8, 2018  – The State Society of Rhode Island will host its annual Rhode to DC  event on Thursday, November 1, 2018 to celebrate Rhode Island in the District!  Similar to last year, the State Society of Rhode Island will be featuring Rhode Island businesses, organizations, and their products in Washington.  Rhode Islanders who have made important contributions to the state will also be honored with the State Society of Rhode Island 2018 Leadership Award.  This event will be held at the Apollo Rooftop on H Street.

Tickets for Rhode to DC can be purchased at a member or non-member rate: $20 for current members; $25 for non-members and $50 for new membership dues + a Rhode to DC event ticket.

About Our Rhode to DC Supporters

Rhode to DC is made possible through the support of corporate and institutional sponsors as well as individual donors, member dues and the invaluable support of enthusiastic volunteers.  SSRI is pleased to announce our current and growing list of Rhode to DC 2018 sponsors: The Narragansett Brewing Company, Yacht Club Soda, Granny Squibb’s Iced Tea, Rhode Island Red Food Tours, Eat Drink RI, Kate Wilson Fine Art, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.

SSRI welcomes event or annual sponsorships from additional corporations or non-profit organizations that operate in Rhode Island.

Several opportunities also exist for individuals to sponsor Rhode to DC or annual State Society of Rhode Island programs that will strengthen relationships between Rhode Island and the nation’s capital.

The State Society of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the recipients of the SSRI 2018 Leadership Awards.

Francesca Craig, Motion Picture Association of America

Travis Escobar, Co-Founder, Millennial Professionals Group 

Asher Schofield, Owner, Frog and Toad 

Marta Martinez, RI Latino Arts 

Barrett Hazeltine, Professor Emeritus, Brown University 

Neil Campbell, Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed

Distinguished recipients of the 2017 SSRI Leadership Award honorees included Brian D. Goldner, CEO of Hasbro, Inc.; Mark Hellendrung, President of Narragansett Beer; Christian McBurney, Founder of Small State Big History project; and Pat Moran, Development Chair for Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy.

About the State Society of Rhode Island

As one of several vibrant state society organizations, the State Society of Rhode Island (SSRI) is a 501(c)(3), nonpartisan organization in Washington, D.C., serving as the premier resource for Rhode Islanders and friends of Rhode Island who live, work, or study in the nation’s capital.  Our active Board of Directors provides social, community service, cultural, and educational events to our membership, creating networking opportunities and a strong Ocean State community in Washington along with ever stronger relationships between Rhode Island and Washington.  SSRI is a member of the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS), the non-profit umbrella association for each of the 50 states and 5 territories that have an active society. SSRI works with NCSS on programming throughout the year, apart from the events that are hosted by SSRI exclusively for our members. 

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