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Event Notice

Due to current recommendations by the CDC and the State of Rhode Island, and in the interest of the health and safety of our community, the WRC’s 2nd Annual Butterfly Ball will be postponed. We know that this may come as a disappointment, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to announcing the new date, and hope that you can still join us to support the WRC’s critical work.


Can you contribute? Email to request a sponsorship package.

Elizabeth & Bill Leatherman

Petrovas Family

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) serving Newport and Bristol Counties is pleased to present our inaugural Butterfly Ball

Our new event is aptly named because the butterfly has long been used as a symbol of the transformation a domestic violence survivor undergoes to rebuild their life.  The WRC empowers survivors and helps them break free from their cocoon, spread their wings, and fly.

The Butterfly Ball is an elegant black-tie fundraising auction and gala to benefit the Women’s Resource Center. This signature event will take place at the Newport Beach House in Middletown, RI, date to be announced. Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails, a plated multi-course dinner, and dancing while being inspired by stories of personal triumph. Guests will also have an opportunity to ensure that services remain available through funding from silent and live auctions and generous individual donations.


Who We Are:

For over 40 years, WRC has helped survivors pick up the pieces of their lives and move toward a future that is free from the fear of abuse and violence.

Our community-based work has made a positive difference in the fight against domestic violence.  Last year, WRC provided 6,962 free and confidential services to 1,431 survivors in Newport and Bristol Counties alone. We help survivors find a safe haven at our emergency shelter and longer-term transitional housing, navigate the confusing and intimidating legal and court systems, find their voice and work through the emotional trauma from abuse with our counselors, and help to build strong connected communities thereby reducing incidents of domestic violence.

Join with us in supporting survivors in their efforts to break free from the cycle of abuse.

Our Impact:

Over the last 10 years, the Women’s Resource Center has hosted 10 black tie events which have had over 2,200 people in attendance learning of the important, life-saving work WRC does in its communities.  Over $300,000 has been raised during these events to bring confidential and free services to victims of domestic violence.

“When I went to the shelter, I didn’t know what to expect.  I was afraid my husband would find me, and I had my two children with me as well.  The moment I entered the shelter, the warmth, love and respect that was shown to me and my children was so overwhelming that all I could do was sit down and  cry. For the first time in years, I finally felt I could get a good night’s sleep.”

Allison H.

Event Planning Committee:
Senator Dawn Euer, Honorary Chair
Ashley Bendiksen, Event Co-Chair
Heather Jensen, Event Co-Chair
Catherine Abbate
Daniel Baker
Mary C. Johnstone
Amy Parks
Nathan Tilman, DDS
Jessica Walsh, Interim Executive Director of The Women’s Resource Center

Board of Directors:

Mary C. Johnstone, President
Tracy McCaughey, Vice President
Bryan H. Dunphy, Treasurer
Heather Jensen, Secretary
Daniel Baker
Ashley Bendiksen
Nicole J. Benjamin, Esq.
Brian Casilli
Amy Parks
Nathan Tilman, DDS