14th Pawtucket Foundation Awards Celebration

November 30, 2016

2017 Awards Celebration
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:00 PM

Pawtucket Armory Arts Center
172 Exchange St.,
Pawtucket, RI

Held each spring, the annual Awards Celebration is a unique opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to Pawtucket. The recipients embody civic leadership and entrepreneurship representative of the Pawtucket Foundation's core values: collaboration, vision, sustainability, quality of place and excellence.

Over the years, the Celebration has grown to become Pawtucket's premier business event, with over 400 business, nonprofit and government leaders in attendance annually. In addition to honoring the awards recipients, the Pawtucket Foundation makes use of the opportunity to celebrate organizational accomplishments and showcase upcoming projects.

To inquire about tickets or sponsorship information, email Christine Sullivan or call 401-725-4400.

2017 Honorees:

Honorees to be recognized at Annual Awards Celebration, April 26, 2017

Honorees will be recognized at the the Awards Celebration, to be held on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center. Raffle tickets to win either a Collette Shades of Ireland or Iceland's Magical Northern Lights tour are now available, priced at $50 per ticket, and winner need not be present at Awards Celebration to win. Awards Celebration sponsorships are available. 

Dennis Kelly
Bristol County 
Savings Bank 
Patrick Murray
Bristol County 
Savings Bank
Lori Urso
Slater Mill

Michael Baker
Pet Food Experts

Heritage Award: Dennis Kelly & Patrick Murray, Bristol County Savings Bank
The Heritage Award recognizes an outstanding long-term commitment to the City of Pawtucket and its residents. Dennis Kelly and Patrick Murray have demonstrated Bristol County Savings Bank's long-term commitment of excellent service and investing in Pawtucket for many years.

Special Distinction: Lori Urso, Slater Mill

The Special Distinction Award honors outstanding contributions in a particular aspect of the community. Lori Urso, executive director of Slater Mill, has been a true leader in helping to revitalize downtown Pawtucket. Her leadership, creativity and stimulating programming showcase the history and uniqueness of this Pawtucket landmark.

Person of the Year: Michael Baker, Pet Food Experts

The Person of the Year Award recognizes a person who significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of economic and community life in Pawtucket. While Michael Baker may be new to Pawtucket, he has demonstrated that he's there for the long haul. He has made a major investment in downtown Pawtucket, bringing new jobs to the city, and he inspires his team at Pet Food Experts to be more involved.


Awards Celebration Tickets

Gold Ticket: $250
Includes 1 event ticket, complimentary raffle ticket & short message to honoree(s) in program & video

Blue Ticket: $175
includes 1 event ticket 

Purchase tickets online on this page above at the top right, or contact csullivan@pawtucketfoundation.org or call 401-725-4400 to purchase tickets. 


Grand Prize Raffle

Winner's Choice of either 7-Day Iceland's Magical Northern Lights or 10-Day Shades of Ireland Tour by Collette

Raffle tickets are now available for purchase to win either a Collette Shades of Ireland (10 days0 or Iceland's Magical Northern Lights (7 days) tour are now available. Raffle tickets are $50 per ticket; winner need not be present at Awards Celebration drawing to win. Airfare not included. 
To purchase raffle tickets, email csullivan@pawtucketfoundation.org or call 401-725-4400. 

Iceland's Magical Northern Lights Tour 7-Day Tour for 2
"Nature's Wonderland"

The "land of fire and ice" is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis, or northern lights. This tour will bring you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Take an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Travel to the "Golden Circle," home to many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation's most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, one of the world's most incredible cascades. At Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Center, learn about life during and after the dramatic 2010 volcanic explosion. Explore Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights.

Shades of Ireland 10-Day Tour for 2
Experience the Magic of the Emerald Isle

From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of the charms of Ireland on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit the new House of Waterford Crystal factory. Choose from a selection of Killarney's best restaurants with our Diner's Choice program. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. Have coffee and scones at a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide, either by foot or on a panoramic city tour - it's your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!