The 2018 Red Bandana Award Celebration is June 3rd!

“I like life to be a hodge-podge of people of all sorts, all ages, all cultures, all colors, all everything. Life can be terribly sad, life can anger you but life is, well, life, and it is to be lived.” – Richard Walton

In memory of Richard Walton (Richard would have turned 90 this year) and all that he stood for, the 6th Annual Red Bandana Award Celebration will be held on Sunday, June 3rd at the  Providence Firefighters 90 Printery St, Providence, RI 02904 We will be honoring the work of two, tireless local advocates, Henrietta White-Holder and Linda Finn, as the 2018 recipients of the Red Bandana Award!

The celebration is open to all, with a suggested donation of $20 to go to the Fund accepted. Funds help pay for expenses and for monetary awards to each of the recipients. Checks can be made payable to The Red Bandana Fund. (Our board is entirely volunteer, done out of commitment to the community, with no one ever receiving any payments.)

Henrietta White-Holder is the founder & CEO of Higher Ground International (, a culturally grounded inter-generational social service NGO that advocates and provides programs for West African Immigrants, Refugees and Marginalized Communities in Rhode Island and Rural Villages in Liberia, West Africa.

Linda Finn is the Board President of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence ( She has bravely and tirelessly advocated for sensible gun laws in Rhode Island, and fashioned a coalition of people and groups that touches every part of Rhode Island. Her work has made Rhode Island safer for all of us.

Please join us for an unforgettable afternoon of music, dancing, food, drink, community, and celebration with entertainment by:

– the Horse-Eyed Men (Dylan and Noah Block-Harley
– the Extraordinary Rendition Band

(And, just like Richard’s party, this is a POT LUCK event so bring all those wonderful dishes we all look so forward to every year. )

The Extraordinary Rendition Band (ERB) performs at the 2017 Red Bandana Award show

Richard Walton always had a wonderful community birthday party at his house near Pawtuxet Cove. We don’t want that tradition to go away. This has traditionally been THE party for progressives to meet up, let their hair down and have a lot of fun. You can help us keep this going.  We’ll see you there!

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