Thank You!

Thanks to all the supporters who helped make our Hard Hat Happening! a huge success.   We greatly appreciate the support from our Sponsors, our Event Committee, and the wonderful volunteers.



Worldways Social Marketing
William Vareika Fine Arts, Ltd.
George T. Boyer
Tom Hockaday & Bill Martin


Thomas Palmer & Dominique Alfandre
Farrar & Associates, Inc.
Linda Sawyer & John Harris II
Vantage in Philanthropy
Diane B. Wilsey


Burgin Lambert Architects
John Cratin Photography– John Cratin & Ralph Chartier
Julia & Edward Call
Mr. & Mrs. Guillaume DeRamel
The deRamel Foundation
The Felicia Fund, Inc.
Pamela & David B. Ford
Mrs. George Edward Ford
Leonard Grace
Gustave White Sothebys Realty & Michelle Kirby
Patricia & Michael Kidder
Judy Clagett McLennan
Thomas & Maureen Moakley
Newport Architecture, LLC
Philip Pelletier
Sue & George Petrovas
Jim & Ginny Purviance
David & Leslie Reed
Craig & Sarah Richardson
Valorie & Jack Sheehan
Washington Square Café & Baking Company
Bonnie Watson Kniskern
William Ravies Real Estate

Set Designers

Bank Newport
Ellen Barnes
Mark & Sherry Brice
Christopher Buckley–P&PFC, Inc. Theatrical Consulting
Captain & Mrs. Warren Caldwell
Brenda Calkins
George & Janeen Carabetta
State Representative Lauren Carson
John & Elizabeth Cochran
Susan King & John Day
Dick & Sheila Desrochers
Liz & Emlen Drayton
Bart Dunbar & Lisa Lewis
Tom Eberhardt & Dan Burns
John & Linda Finn
Gowrie Group
S. Matthews & Anne Frichman Hamilton
John & Mary Hirschboeck
Stefani Hulitar
Michael Greene & Joyce Kirby
Kirby Perkins Construction
McMillen Yachts, Inc.
Caterine Milinaire Cushing
Brenda S. Nienhouse
M. David Odeh/Odeh Engineers
Richard S. Palmer
Karen & Rob Rawson
David W. Ray
Dr. Anthony Regine
Brad Rodgers
State Representative Deborah Ruggiero
Shehan & Estabrook Decorative Arts
Cynthia Sinclair
Anthony Venetucci & Brian Routhier
Sally & David Ryan
Paul & Joyce Zimmerman

In-Kind Donors

Blackstone Catering
Campo & Company Events
East Coast Lighting & Production Services
Lakuna Design
Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra
Newport Tent Company
Rentals Unlimited
Jonathan Richter — RWU
St. John’s Church Adult Choir
Stagecraft Sound and Lighting



We hope you will join us at the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 6th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm for our Hard Hat Happening! party. This fun-filled fundraising event will celebrate the beginning of construction to restore Newport‘s historic Opera House Theater and will be the last big event we will hold in the theater before major construction begins for its debut opening in late 2017!

It has been a long journey for the Newport Opera House since it opened in 1867 as a theater for live entertainment. Throughout its rich history, the Opera House has always been an integral part of Newport. Now as construction begins, it enters into the next phase of its rich life – once again becoming a vibrant Performing Arts Center that will bring year-round performances to downtown Newport while restoring an architectural treasure in historic Washington Square.

The Hard Hat Happening! promises to be a night of great entertainment …with opportunities to get a closer look at the wonderful architectural details and plans for restoration …to view the endless possibilities for programming in the theater … and to join with people from all across the community and state to celebrate bringing life back to our wonderful historic Newport Opera House Theater.

Join us for this fun-filled evening on Friday, May 6th. The event will be held at the Newport Opera House Theater at 19 Touro Street – in the heart of Washington Square. Please remember that every dollar you donate to the Hard Hat Happening! will be matched dollar for dollar by the State of Rhode Island through the $4.2 million Creative and Cultural Economy Bond.

Here is information on Ticket Prices, and different giving opportunities:



Sponsorships and Different Giving Opportunities


  • Tickets for 2 guests
  • Listing in the Evening Program


  • Tickets for 4 guests
  • Listing in the Evening Program

$ 2,500 — DIRECTOR

  • Tickets for 6 guests
  • Listing in the Evening Program
  • 1 ticket to 1 Opening Week Performance in 2017!

$ 5,000 — PRODUCER

  • Tickets for 6 guests
  • Prominent listing in the Evening Program
  • Recognition at the Event
  • Two tickets to 1 Opening Week Performance in 2017!


  • Tickets for 8 guests
  • Premier listing in the Evening Program
  • Recognition at the Event
  • Name on the Opera House Marquee for the week of the Event
  • Name plaque on a new “Opera House Theater Seat”
  • Two tickets to the Opera House Opening Night Performance in 2017!

If you are unable to attend, but want to make a matchable donation to the Newport Opera House Theater restoration, your gift would be greatly appreciated!

Please call the office of the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center for tickets.  We are nearing capacity, and need all ticket purchases to be done via the office. Please call 401-619-4599 for any requests.