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7th Annual FireBall Gala

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FireBall returns October 19, 2023 in honor of four exceptional community leaders: Barbara Papitto, the Honorable David N. Cicilline, Dr. Silas O. R. Pinto, and Umberto Crenca.

We hope you will join us to celebrate their remarkable accomplishments and service to our community with the following awards:

  • Philanthropic Leadership: Barbara Papitto
  • Civic Leadership: The Honorable David N. Cicilline
  • Cultural Impact: Dr. Silas Otniel Rodrigues Pinto
  • Creative Impact: Umberto Crenca

Be sure to secure your tickets before sales close on October 12! The evening will kick off at 6:00 pm with a champagne toast for our VIP guests. The main event will begin at 7:30 pm and includes a seated dinner, an awards ceremony and opportunity to hear from the honorees, live performances and silent auction throughout the night, and a special Fund-A-Program drive to benefit WaterFire Providence's educational programs. Dress code is Black Tie Optional. 

FireBall VIP Reception: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Private gathering to celebrate these exceptional honorees before the awards ceremony
Live musical performance
Includes champagne toast, program, access to the entire event
Tickets $300

7th Annual FireBall Gala: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Doors open at 7:00; Dinner at 7:30 by Russell Morin Catering & Events
Awards ceremony and remarks by the awardees
Live performances and silent auction throughout the evening
Fund-A-Program to support WaterFire Providence's workforce development programs: WaterFire Accelerate and ArtLab@WaterFire
Tickets $150

Individual Sponsorship Package

Additionally, we will be offering elite Shooting Star sponsorship packages to interested individuals. For $1,000, two guests will receive access to the entire event plus featured recognition for their contribution in all FireBall materials. Guests can purchase a Shooting Star sponsorship package on the checkout page. We also have further opportunities for individual and corporate sponsorship! Please contact Ed Cabral for more information: ed@waterfire.org

Honorary Co-Chairs

Mayor Brett P. Smiley and James DeRentis, Dr. Joseph A. Chazan, M.D. and Vicki Veh, Arnell and Alicia Milhouse, Barnaby Evans


Kristen Adamo and Joe Wilson Jr.


Kristen Adamo*, Candy Adriance, Kate* and Andrew Bramson, Candita Clayton, Melissa and Bobby Cord, Ashley Erling, Travis Escobar and Marcela Betancur, Elaine and Barry Fain*, Will Farrell, Erin Hanson, Sean Holley*, Stephen Hourahan, Matt Jerzyk, Brian and Karen Kortz, Andrea LaFazia, Nirva LaFortune, Wendy MacGaw, Christopher Marsella, Damaris Messina, Cortney Nicolato, Rosanna Ortiz, Kyla Pecchia, Kibbe and Tom Reilly, Robert Rutley and Antonio Reisopoulos, Ruby Shalansky, Barbara Sokoloff and Herb Rakatansky, Bob Walsh, Joe Wilson Jr.*

* = current member of the WaterFire Providence Board of Directors

Thanks to our sponsors!

Burns & Levinson, Candy Adriance, Cianci FoundationCornish Associates, DBVW Architects, Dimeo ConstructionFidelity Investments, Gather Farm, Gather Glass, Golden Gate StudiosHigh Output, Image Printing, The Honorable Jack McConnell and Ms. Sara Shea McConnell, Dr. Joseph Chazan, Michael and Tracy Wagner, Mutual of AmericaPapitto Opportunity ConnectionParsons Capital Management, Peter A. Mello, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, Residential PropertiesRhode Island FoundationRhode Island MonthlyRussell Morin Catering & Events, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance BrokerageUnited Parking LLC, United Way of Rhode Island, Victoria Veh, Wheeler School

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