The ACLU of Rhode Island is honoring the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and homeless rights advocate Megan Smith at its Annual Meeting Celebration on Thursday, October 22, at the Providence Biltmore.

The ACLU of RI will name the Coalition and Ms. Smith as the 2015 “Raymond J. Pettine Civil Libertarian of the Year” award recipients for their unyielding advocacy for the civil rights and liberties of individuals experience homelessness, and for the invaluable support and resources they provide.

The RI Coalition for the Homeless works to promote and preserve the dignity and quality of life for men, women, and children by pursuing comprehensive and cooperative solutions to the problems of housing and homelessness. Ms. Smith is an outreach worker and case manager with PATH, a program of the House of Hope CDC that works primarily with individuals experiencing street homelessness. Both are also tireless advocates for policies and reforms that affirm the rights of the homeless and protect individuals experiencing homelessness from discrimination.

The reception of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will also feature ACLU of RI volunteer attorneys Sonja Deyoe, Carly Iafrate, and Neal McNamara providing updates on their active RI ACLU cases.

Tickets for the evening are $65 and are available for purchase online or by calling the ACLU office (401-831-7171). RSVP by October 14.

WHAT: Annual Meeting Celebration: Cocktails & Conversation

WHERE: Providence Biltmore, Garden Ballroom
  11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903

WHEN: Thursday, October 22, 6:00 p.m. (Registration at 5:30 p.m.)

TICKETS: $65 per person. Tickets are available online or by calling 401-831-7171 through October 14.