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Strike the Match Fundraiser at Skyline

Fires in Waterplace Park looking towards Skyline at Waterplace restaurant. Photograph by Laura Paton.
Photograph by Laura Paton

Join us in a celebration of the return of WaterFire to downtown Providence for the 2022 lighting season with our Strike the Match fundraiser on Wednesday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. at Skyline at Waterplace.

You are invited to an evening of food, drink, and community as we release the 2022 season schedule and grow the excitement around our first full lighting season since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Strike the Match WaterFire kick-off event will begin with a press conference on the stage in Waterplace Park starting before sunset, speakers will include community stakeholders, WaterFire creator, executive artistic director, and coCEO Barnaby Evans, and WaterFire’s managing director and coCEO Peter Mello. The press conference will be followed by a Basin Lighting of WaterFire.

Supporters are also invited to join WaterFire as Torchbearers and Guest Lighters by making gifts at the $275 and $525 levels respectively. The fires will remain lit until 10:00 p.m.

Ticket Options

Reception at Skyline – $25

Skyline at Waterplace, interior of restaurant.
Skyline at Waterplace

Includes admittance to the VIP reception at Skyline at Waterplace for 1 guest. A delightful array of refreshments, charcuterie, and other tasty tidbits will be available along with a cash bar.


Be a WaterFire Torchbearer – $275

Be a Torchbearer (Photograph by Matthew TW Huang) 1200x800
Photograph by Matthew TW Huang

A donation of $275 makes you a torchbearer for the evening on April 27. Carry a torch and add your light to the night by participating in the WaterFire lighting ceremony.

Includes admittance for one to the reception.


Be a WaterFire Guest Lighter – $525

Be A Guest Lighter (Photograph by Jen Bonin) 1200x675
Photograph by Jen Bonin

A once-in-a-lifetime experience! Carry a torch on a WaterFire fire-tending boat and light up braziers in the Waterplace basin during the WaterFire lighting ceremony on April 27.

Includes admittance for one to the reception.

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Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence | + posts by author

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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Fires in Waterplace Park looking towards Skyline at Waterplace restaurant. Photograph by Laura Paton.
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