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DEM Announces Summertime Charity Events to be Held at State Parks

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing four upcoming events to be held at state parks for charitable causes. These events include a 5K run/walk, a free photography event for public safety officials and their families, a jeep and motorcycle "run" from West Greenwich to Jamestown, and a regatta. Details are below.

University Orthopedics 5K The University Orthopedics 5K is a walk/run event that begins and ends at the new University Orthopedics Kettle Point Avenue campus and runs along the East Bay Bike Path in East Providence. The 5K offers runners and walkers the opportunity to take in views of the water and the Providence city skyline, all while benefitting the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Make-A-Wish® Foundation.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 22, from 9 AM to 10 AM and is open to people of all athletic abilities. For more information, please visit

4th Annual Free Photos for Public Safety The Free Photos for Public Safety is an annual event by Polar Square Designs LLC that provides public safety professionals and their families the opportunity to have complimentary portrait sessions in the beautiful setting of Goddard Memorial State Park.

The event will take place on Wednesday, July 17, from 1 PM to 5 PM. Each portrait session is 10 minutes long and will provide each family with three digital photos with full rights. For more information or to sign up, please visit

Habitat for Humanity Jeep and Motorcycle Run – Rolling for Homes Habitat for Humanity for West Bay and Northern Rhode Island Inc. is holding a Rolling for Homes event benefitting the Veterans Build Program, which connects veterans, active duty service members, and their families with opportunities for assistance in reintegration into civilian life as well as critical home repairs and homeownership opportunities.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 27, from 9 AM to 5 PM, starting at Dan's Place in West Greenwich and continuing to the Beavertail Lighthouse in Beavertail State Park in Jamestown. Registration for the 68-mile trek begins at 9 AM. Live music will be provided by CeeCee and the Riders. There will also be a live auction and 50/50 raffles. For more information, visit

17th Annual CJ Buckley Regatta The CJ Buckley Regatta is an annual event started in 2003 that honors the late CJ Buckley, a talented and avid sailor who passed away from brain cancer as a teenager in 2002. The registration fee monies are used to generate revenue for the scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to young sailors who demonstrate the ability and the desire to embrace the sport. According to the regatta's website, "many recipients have gone on to sail at the college and international levels and to become coaches and program directors."

The regatta has grown from a small local race to the Club 420 Association's National Junior Team Race Championship for the 9th straight year. There are 24 teams with over 144 sailors and alternates who travel from across the country to participate. The regatta will take place on Monday, July 29, and Tuesday, July 30, at Goddard State Memorial Park in East Greenwich. For more information, please visit

Follow DEM on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) and Facebook at for more information on recreational opportunities in Rhode Island as well as other timely updates. To see more upcoming events like these, visit RI State Parks' event calendar at

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  • Release date: 06-19-2019

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