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7th Annual FireBall Gala

19oct6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.7th Annual FireBall Gala

Event Details

Save the Date - WaterFire's 7th Annual FireBall Fundraiser - October 19, 2023
Save the Date – WaterFire’s 7th Annual FireBall Fundraiser – October 19, 2023


FireBall returns on 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

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 an opportunity to hear from the honorees, live performances and a silent auction throughout the night, and a special Fund-A-Program drive to benefit WaterFire Providence’s educational programs. The 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
Special drive to support WaterFire Providence’s educational programs: WaterFire Accelerate and ArtLab@WaterFire
Tickets $150

Sponsorship Package

Additionally, we will be offering elite sponsorship packages to interested individuals and businesses. For $1000, two guests will receive access to the entire event plus featured recognition for their contribution in all FireBall materials. If you have further questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ed Cabral: [email protected]

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


Joe Wilson Jr. and Kristen Adamo


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!

Russell Morin Catering & Events
Russell Morin Catering & Events
High Output
High Output
Papitto Opportunity Connection logo
Papitto Opportunity Connection

Candy Adriance

Dr. Joseph Chazan

Victoria Veh

Cianci Education Foundation
The Cianci Education Foundation
Mutual of America Financial Group [Logo]
Mutual of America Financial Group
United Way of Rhode Island [Logo]
United Way of Rhode Island
Cornish Associates
Cornish Associates
Image Printing
Image Printing
Rhode Island Monthly
Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc.
The Wheeler School
The Wheeler School
Dimeo Construction
Dimeo Construction
Parsons Capital Management, Inc.
Parsons Capital Management, Inc.
Burns & Levinson
Burns & Levinson
Starkweather & Shepley Insurance
Starkweather & Shepley Insurance
Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
Residential Properties
Residential Properties
Rhode Island Foundation
Rhode Island Foundation

» The Honorable Jack

» McConnell and Ms. Sara Shea McConnell

» Michael and Tracy Wagner

» Peter A. Mello

» Toots Zynsky

Fidelity Investments [Logo]
Fidelity Investments
Golden Gate Studios
Golden Gate Studios
United Parking
United Parking, LLC

Event Times

(Thursday) 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


WaterFire Providence

WaterFire Providence® is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.
475 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908

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