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Collaborative Effort Raises Funds for Hospitality Employees

By July 1, 2021Rhode Island, Top News

The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau – in collaboration with the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Hospitality Association and the Frog & Toad gift shop in Providence – raised $7,000 for the RI Hospitality Employee Relief Fund, which gives financial assistance to workers hard-hit by job losses or shutdowns in the bar and food service, lodging and tourism industries. During the “Buy Local RI” T-shirt fundraiser, Frog & Toad gift shop printed and sold T-shirts featuring three renditions of the “Buy Local RI” logo, each of which are still available for sale: the original Buy Local RI brand design and two newly created designs by local artists, Maret Bondorew and Michael Ezzell. The Buy Local RI project donates 25% of each shirt sold to the employee relief fund. The first phase of the campaign, which began in the spring, raised $3,500, which was then matched by the Rhode Island Foundation for a total amount of $7,000. The organizations brought together representatives and the media for the celebration on May 26 at the Providence Marriott Downtown.



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