Invest in Peace 2016


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Invest in Peace 2016. It was a wonderful evening and we are thrilled that you celebrated with us. Congratulations to Sister Ann Keefe award recipient Senator Joshua Miller and to Diana Garlington, award recipient of the Community Impact Award. Also, congratulations to Mike Lester of the Dorrance for winning the first “Pours for Peace” Bartending Competition by a narrow margin of nine votes with his signature drink, “the Namaste.”

Thank you to all of our Honorary Chairs, Co-Chairs, Sponsors, and volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the evening was a success. We hope you’ll join us again next year! Questions? Contact Kalene Brennan, Director of Development, at .

Invest in Peace 2016 Honorary Co-Chairs:

Hon. Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island
Hon. Nicholas A. Mattiello, Speaker of the RI House of Representatives
Hon. M. Teresa Paiva Weed, President of the RI Senate
Hon. Jorge O. Elorza, Mayor of Providence
Hon. Donald R. Grebien, Mayor of Pawtucket
Hon. James A. Diossa, Mayor of Central Falls

Event Co-Chairs:

F. Paul Mooney
Shameem Awan


City Sponsor:


Job Lot Charitable Foundation






Block Sponsor:

Barbara SokoloffBank of America (Half)Motley RiceIGT






*Sponsorship In Honor of Gabriel and Hanako Awan


Street Sponsor: 

Core Studios

Cox ResDBVW_Logo-HorizontalDelta Dental








Pawtucket Police Dept


*Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed






Here are some of the restaurants and caterers that participated in Invest in Peace 2016:

The Brass Monkey
The Dorrance
Flatbread Pizza Company
Los Andes
My Chef Lara
Trinity Brewhouse
Wildflour Bakery

“Pours for Peace” Bartending Competition:

Jose Mendoza of Chilangos
Mike Lester of the Dorrance