Gathered outside City Hall on Monday, Sept. 8 for presentation of an oversize $15,000 check, as well as the real one, from the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance in support of the R.I. Philharmonic Pops Orchestra's concert on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Slater Park are: (from left) Christina DiPrete, Vice President Secondary, Jodie Olivo, Vice President Elementary, Teachers Alliance President Ron Beaupre, treasurer Dean Lancellotti, Herb Weiss, city economic and cultural affairs officer, John Baxter Jr., Arts Festival chairman, Jo-Ann Enander, secretary, and Mayor Donald R. Grebien.
The generosity of the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance, in a tradition established from the start of the 16-year-old Pawtucket Arts Festival, again this year is bringing the performance of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra to an appreciative audience of thousands on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Slater Park.
The Teachers Alliance contributed $15,000 to sponsor the Pops and its crowd-pleasing program of classics, movie themes and popular patriotic numbers, as well as traditional favorites including Stars and Stripes Forever and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien praised the education professionals who make up the Teachers Alliance for their continuing support. "Year after year, we have been very fortunate to count on the generosity of the Teachers Alliance for allowing us to present the Philharmonic Pops in the postcard setting of Slater Park," Grebien said.
Teachers Alliance President Ron Beaupre, accompanied by several of his officers, brought an oversize check for ceremonial purposes but also the "real" one for a photo event on Monday, Sept. 8 on the steps of City Hall.
"We are pleased and proud to again bring this great evening of entertainment to the community. It's always one of the most anticipated events of the Arts Festival and a wonderful time for the city," Beaupre said.