Newport Hospital announces Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund awards

May 31, 2017

Newport Hospital’s Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund has awarded a total of $83,125 to 20 local organizations that enhance the lives of children and families throughout Newport County. Among those receiving awards are programs that promote active lifestyles, education, and fun for children and teenagers.

“We’re proud to continue the Fund’s focus on enriching the health and wellbeing of local residents,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “By awarding these stellar programs, Newport Hospital is enhancing our commitment to promoting active, healthy lifestyles to the youngest residents of Newport County. We’re honored to support these organizations.”

These annual grants to local programs and organizations began in 2010 when Elizabeth Prince of Newport and her children Guillaume de Ramel, Diana Oehrli, and Regis de Ramel conferred upon Newport Hospital a $3-million grant from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust. What followed was the creation of the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund, established in partnership with Newport Hospital to accommodate school-aged children who do not have access to other programs.

“Our mission is to support unique local programs and organizations that are dedicated to children,” said Guillaume de Ramel. “We want to see local youths become, and remain, active and healthy throughout their lives.”

To date, more than $373,000 has been awarded to area groups focused on activity, participation, and innovative initiatives that emphasize improving fitness levels and self-discipline while discouraging the use of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.

The 2017 Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund recipients and projects include:

  • Newport County YMCA ($10,000): The 12-week “Prescribe the Y” program is offered to children aged 6-16 to reduce childhood obesity in Newport County through comprehensive physical fitness and nutrition education programming.
  • Lucy’s Hearth ($6,000): The Healthy Kids, Healthy Families program provides families in emergency shelters with proper nutrition, routine exercise, self-care and stress reduction.
  • Rhodysquash ($5,000): The Powered by Prince kids of the Rhodysquash summer camp enjoy a one-week summer camp, which teaches healthy eating habits, selflessness through service, and rigorous exercise through the game of squash.
  • Newport County Youth Rugby Football Club ($3,000): 2017 FHP Island Rugby High School/Middle School and Rookie Rugby 7-12 boys and girls
  • Star Kids Scholarship Program ($5,000): After-school support for Star Kids students
  • Aquidneck Cyclocross ($3,000): Pell School cyclocross program
  • City of Newport ($10,000): New Newport skate park
  • Newport County Shooting Stars ($2,000): Soccer team for children with special needs
  • FabNewport ($3,000): Future Lab Summer 2017
  • Aquidneck Land Trust ($1,235) : Fitness in the Park 2017 at Miantonomi Park
  • Sail to Prevail ($4,890): Confidence is Cool
  • Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department ($3,000): Beach volleyball at Fort Getty
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame ($3,000): Hall of Fame Tennis Club
  • Newport Gulls LTD ($4,000): Newport Gulls 2017 season
  • Special Olympics Rhode Island ($5,000): Unified junior sports for Aquidneck Island children with and without intellectual disabilities
  • Newport Little League ($3,000): Supporting young baseball and softball players
  • Butler Basketball Club ($3,000): Butler basketball skills and drills
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary ($3,000): Teen Green Trail Guide Program
  • Newport Open Space Partnership/Newport Tree Society ($3,000): Newport Summer Fun Days
  • Sail Newport ($3,000): Newport public school fourth-grade sailing program

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