Mayor’s Holiday Charity Gala off, but need for help persists

Mayor’s Holiday Charity Gala off, but need for help persists

NORTH PROVIDENCE – In the last 14 years, the annual Mayor’s Holiday Charity Gala has raised more than $250,000 for local nonprofits and groups, providing a vital lifeline to organizations that depend on the end-of-year cash infusion.

Mayor Charles Lombardi and his wife Carol have decided against holding an in-person gala this holiday season, also nixing plans for an ad book and raffle, but are still asking those who typically support the festive fundraising effort to contribute as they always have.

“We’re hoping that in the end we’re able to fulfill the requests of the various organizations and fund them in the same way we have in the past,” Lombardi told The Breeze.

Over the years, donations have gone to such organizations as St. Mary’s Home for Children, the North Providence Youth Commission, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tri-Town, MADD, Honor Flight, St. Anthony’s Holy Family, and the Fogarty Center, among others.

“In order for these organizations to continue to assist vulnerable populations, especially during COVID-19, these charities need our generous support now more than ever,” said Lombardi in a letter to donors.

With help from donors, every contribution gained, no matter the size, will be an investment in the recovery from the pandemic, said the mayor.

Tax-deductible donations can be made by check payable to the 501c3 Mayor Lombardi’s Holiday Fund, 17 Twins Lane, North Providence, Rhode Island 02904.

“On behalf of all the deserving charities, we thank you and are grateful for your generous, compassionate hearts,” he wrote.