Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:00pm

Good works

To the Editor:

For those who made the time to support the Bo Gempp Fundraiser on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 12), there is only one way to describe the atmosphere that filled the room, and that is as a “magical event.” Bo would have been extremely proud to see the outpouring of Island love in support of the Island and its natural resources that this fund endeavors to preserve and protect. 

The thank yous are many, and we should focus on the few that, without their support, none of this would be possible. First, to the two Island oyster farmers, Chris and Perry, who are always willing to step up and give generously of their time and the fruits of their labors. Second, to steady Kenny for supplying a consistently delicious menu from the bounty of our Island that makes us look forward to the next time we can gather together in Bo’s name. Third, to Max and Rick of Club Soda who are always at the ready for whatever we need whenever we need it. And finally to the members of the Bo Fund Family — without their support our efforts would be impossible.  

We are again very proud to report that all funds raised by our efforts will be going directly into the account at Washington Trust with the exception of the Post Office box rent. Post Office Box 818, Block Island is where you can send contributions to the Bo Gempp Fund. We intend to have our 501(c)3 tax exempt status finalized in the next few weeks.  

We are constantly keeping our ears open for worthy recipients for the funds raised. The most interesting we have heard lately is for the establishment of an internship for a student or students at the Block Island School, with a focus on environmental sciences and in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University, with a focus on our goal of restoration and preservation of our Island’s most precious shellfish natural resources.  

Again, we thank you for your support and confidence in our effort to protect and preserve the Island we love in the name of our Island’s best friend, Bo Gempp. 

Bob and Pat Hoyt

Cape Neddick, Maine 


To the Editor: 

Block Island is a community that comes together to help its neighbors. 

Helping Hands is Block Island’s only food pantry. We help residents get through the time of year when work is scarce and it becomes difficult to make ends meet. Every other Wednesday, from late October until mid-May, we distribute food staples from the lower level of the Harbor Church. 

Although some food items are provided by Tri-county Community Action, the majority of our financial support is from the donations, both in monies and in kind, from this generous community. We would like to thank all of you who donate food, money, and your time. Without our help we could not exist. 

Every little bit helps. Please think of us during the holidays. 

Tax free donations can be sent to Helping Hands, Box 1066, Block Island, R.I. 02807

Helping Hands Food Pantry