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‘Neighborhood Day’ founder to speak at next Narragansett-URI Coalition meeting, Feb. 21

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 16, 2006 -- Lorne Adrain, author and founder of National Neighborhood Day, will speak at the Narragansett-URI Coalition meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The full committee meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Ave., Narragansett. It is free and open to the public.

Adrain, a 1976 URI alum, will talk to coalition members including students and residents about participating in the national program, a philanthropic project he founded in 2004 with the mission to bring neighbors together and enhance neighborhood connections. He got the idea for the program in the autumn of 2001, when he held an informal barbeque to better acquaint his family with their Providence neighbors. For the past two years, neighborhoods across the country have been participating in fun activities and barbeques on the second Sunday in September. This year, Neighborhood Day will be celebrated on Sept. 17.

In addition to this project, Adrain is the founder of both VisionRI.org, an internet-based volunteer network for the state, and KindMark, a company whose mission is to increase the quality and quantity of philanthropic services by way of the internet. He is the author of “The Most Important Thing I Know,” book series, which are compilations of inspirational quotes from celebrities, authors, and politicians, with all profits going to charity. For all of his philanthropic works, he has received the Inspiring Partner Award from the Rhode Island Foundation, and has been named the nation’s most exceptional volunteer by Northwestern Mutual Life.

Adrain, also an alumni of the Harvard Business School, works as an executive in estate planning and investments in Providence, where he lives with his wife and three children.

The Narragansett- URI coalition was formed in 2000 to provide a forum for University officials, students, and members of the Narragansett community to come together and discuss matters pertaining to quality of life. The full coalition meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the Narragansett Town Hall.