Rhode Island Foundation General
May 30, 2013

Rhode Islanders honored at Foundation's annual meeting 


Last evening, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrated its annual meeting with more than 700 donors, community leaders, grantees, and other partners. Chairman Fred Butler and CEO Neil Steinberg reflected on the transformative year of 2012 and honored several Rhode Islanders who have shown tremendous leadership and dedication to improving our state and the quality of life for others through their philanthropy and community engagement. And numerous Rhode Islanders gave their positive views on our state in the closing video.

Paul and Elizabeth Choquette
Paul and Elizabeth Choquette

Inspiring Partners: Paul and Elizabeth Choquette  


The Foundation honored the philanthropy of Paul and Elizabeth "Libba" Choquette with the Inspiring Partner Award, recognizing the Choquettes as "true pillars of the community (and) a powerful team that has inspired us all with their commitment to philanthropy, community involvement, and deep love for our state."       
A Max Kohlenberg, Esq.
A. Max Kohlenberg, Esq.

Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Awardee: A. Max Kohlenberg, Esq.  


A. Max Kohlenberg, a partner at Edwards Wildman, received the Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Award, established for the beloved Westerly attorney who exhibited an enduring commitment to philanthropy throughout his career. Max was recognized "as a 'servant leader' for his keen ability to listen carefully, learn from what he has heard, and then move his cause forward."       
Learning Community
The Learning Community

Community Leadership Awardee:
The Learning Community


The Foundation also awarded the Community Leadership Award to the Learning Community and Co-Founders/Directors Meg O'Leary and Sarah Friedman, recognizing their "creative approaches to collaboration, commitment to putting teachers and professional development at the heart of change, and a vision to create opportunities for all children in Rhode Island."


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