It’s Red Bandana nominations and award time again!
It’s that time of year again. Time to recognize the unsung heroes among us for all the good work they do.
The Red Bandana Fund is seeking nominations from the community to recognize both unsung organizations, and individuals, that embody the spirit and work of Richard Walton and for the commitment they have shown to making the world a better place. Nominations are now being accepted for anyone you feel worthy of recognition. To nominate someone, fill out a form on-line here or simply email RedBandanaAward@gmail.com to receive the a printable nomination form via email. The deadline is April 15th.
People who nominate someone should provide a 1 page description of why they deserve the award. Keep in mind that the committee members may have never heard of the person you nominate so the description you give will be crucial in determining whether they win the award or not.
The Nominee who wins this year’s award, will receive a cash gift and will be honored at the 4th annual Red Bandana Celebration on June 5th at Nick-A-Nees.
The Red Bandana Fund was created to honor the memory of long-time activist Richard Walton, who passed away on December 27, 2012 after a long illness, leaving a huge hole in the hearts of the Rhode Island progressive community. Richard was the epitome of activism in Rhode Island for decades. Every year, Richard held a picnic/fundraiser for Amos House by the cove in Pawtuxet Village. This quickly became an annual, not-to-be-missed event. When Richard passed, his friends decided that that wonderful tradition should be kept going in some form. Thus, the Red Bandana Fund was born.
There is a remembrance post about Richard, published in two parts by RIFuture, here and here. On June 2, 2012, the First Annual Red Bandana Fund Concert was held to raise money for the fund and to give the First Award by the Fund to Amos House, an organization Richard was deeply involved in. In 2014, awards were given, to Henry Shelton, the long-time advocate for the poor in Rhode Island and to The Providence Student Union, for their inspiring energy and activism on education issues.
Last year’s award was presented to the workers organizing at the Providence Renaissance Hotel and Providence College professor Eric Hirsch, an outspoken advocate for the homeless. Of receiving the award, Hirsch said, “Receiving the Red Bandana Award was one of the greatest honors I’ve ever received. Richard Walton was one of the most committed activists in state history on social justice and peace issues. It is the only award I have displayed on my office walls.”
Of course, this is just a small token in payment to all the work these folks do. But we are going to keep doing it because people deserve it for their tireless efforts on behalf of all us. And it’s what Richard did his whole life. How can we stop now?
Who will we honor this year? That’s up to you. Enter your nominations here http://bit.ly/redbandana2016
See you on June 5th!
Contact: RedBandanaAward@gmail.com for automated instructions and a printable nomination form
RedBandanafund@gmail.com for questions