Kalunian named princess of Cherry Blossom Festival

Kalunian named princess of Cherry Blossom Festival

PAWTUCKET - Kimberly Kalunian was announced this month as Rhode Island's Cherry Blossom Princess. She will represent the Ocean State at the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., this April.

Kalunian, a native Rhode Islander, is a reporter and producer on radio station 630 WPRO, as well as a professional stage actress.

An active member of the community, she regularly volunteers for the East Greenwich Animal Protection League, including organizing their annual fundraiser called "Animal Prints," and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. The 2014 Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival is planned for the weekend of May 2-4, mostly in Pawtucket and Central Falls.

"The State Society of Rhode Island is very excited to have Kimberly represent Rhode Island as the Ocean State's princess in the upcoming National Cherry Blossom Festival," said Chris Simeone, chairman of the society. "Her passion for the arts and love of giving back to the community are qualities that are very important to us, and epitomize what we look for in a Cherry Blossom Princess." "Kimberly Kalunian will make a great representative for Rhode Island. We look forward to her crowning this spring and ask all Rhode Islanders to congratulate her on this great achievement as she represents our state in 2014," said Robert Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. Kalunian will join other princesses from the other states for a week in the nation's capital. She will make her formal public debut at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's annual Cupid Ball, set for Feb. 14.