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Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life at WaterFire on October 12th

In collaboration with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, the bonfires in the basin will be lit at 8:15pm with a special 150 person torch salute in honor of those living with breast cancer and those lost to the disease. This event will be preceded by the lighting of the rest of the WaterFire installation at 6:30pm. The fires will remain lit until MIDNIGHT.

Illuminations of Life

WaterFire is honored to welcome back the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundationas a WaterFire season sponsor and lead fire sponsor for one of the largest WaterFire celebrations of the year: “Flames of Hope – A Celebration of Life”.  For the past 8 years “Flames of Hope” has been an incredibly touching and moving ceremony and community wide observation, serving as a testament to every person who has been affected by breast cancer. On this very special day and evening almost 100,000 members of our community join together to create awareness about breast cancer, celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by the disease, and share with each other messages of hope and support. So, on October 12th prepare for Providence to turn pink and help us celebrate the courageous men and women, and their families affected by breast cancer.

Throughout the weekend the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation will be hosting celebrations, in which the public are welcome to join including:

Friday, October 11, 2013

  • 6:30 pm Flames of Hope Opening Reception & Celebrate Hope, Celebrate Life

Saturday, October 12, 2013 – Station Park

  • 10:00 am Flames Of Hope Run • Walk Series Registration and on-site sign up – Station Park
  • 3:00 pm Celebration Village Opens: Education & Wellness Pavilion Fun for the Entire Family
  • 3:30 pm Main Stage: Changes in Latitude: The Country’s Premier Tribute to Jimmy Buffett
  • 6:30 pm Illuminations of Life Ceremony to Conclude with the Annual Torch Procession and the Lighting of WaterFire Providence
  • 8:00 pm Breaking Boards for Breast Cancer
  • 9:00 pm Main Stage: The Official Beatlemania Stage Show

Sunday, October 13, 2013

  • Flames Of Hope Run • Walk Series: (+)Positively Supported by: Alex & Ani

WaterFire's Arts Festival Plaza

WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza: From 6:00 PM -11:00 PM Washington Street will be lined with more than a dozen Rhode Island artists exhibiting works in handmade jewelry, sculptures, glass, paintings, prints, photography, and ceramics.   This event is part of WaterFire’s on-going exploration of new approaches to creative placemaking through art, design and innovation. This larger creative placemaking program is made possible in part by the support of ArtPlace.

Experience RI Shuttle

Experience RI

Experience RI Saturday Night Shuttle from 5:00pm – 12:00am on Washington Street
Introducing a fun, comfortable, hassle-free way to enjoy Providence and support WaterFire for every WaterFire the rest of this season! For $10 per person ($5 for kids 12 and under), you can enjoy unlimited hop on/hop off shuttle service between some of Providence’s most popular restaurants and attractions andthe WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza. Now along with taking in WaterFire, you can dine at one of our great restaurants, or shop at some of our wonderful boutique stores, all while learning about our fantastic downtown on a narrated shuttle ride! At the same time, you will also be helping to support WaterFire, because $5 from every adult ticket purchased will be given back to WaterFire! So hop on board the Experience Rhode Island shuttle, support WaterFire, and have a wonderful time this Saturday night. To get on the Experience Rhode Island shuttle, park your car for free at exit 23 off I-95 at the State Offices parking lot. The shuttle picks up all passengers right at the entrance of the Department of Health building. The shuttle will come by every 30 minutes beginning at 5:00pm, and will go till 12:00am. Tickets may be purchased right at the shuttle. See a map of the route the Experience Rhode Island shuttle follows.

Visit our event schedule page for details on all of these great experiences and more.


[sc name=photo-caption caption=”State House photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg, Torch procession photo by John Nickerson, Arts Festival Plaza photo by John Nickerson, Experience RI Shuttle photo courtesy of Experience RI”]

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I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

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