Portsmouth Legion, Clements’ sign on as town birthday sponsors

George Wardwell of Post 18 presents the Legion donation check to Birthday Committee Vice Chairman Gary Gump. George Wardwell of Post 18 presents the Legion donation check to Birthday Committee Vice Chairman Gary Gump.

George Wardwell of Post 18 presents the Legion donation check to Birthday Committee Vice Chairman Gary Gump.

George Wardwell of Post 18 presents the Legion donation check to Birthday Committee Vice Chairman Gary Gump.

PORTSMOUTH — American Legion Post #18 of Portsmouth has joined Clements’ Marketplace as a Heritage Sponsor of the 2013 Portsmouth 375th birthday celebration.  Heritage Sponsors are those that contribute $5,000 or more to the celebration. 

George Wardwell, who is also the 375th Parade Committee chairman, presented the donation to Committee Vice Chair Gary Gump.

Heritage sponsors have pledged sponsorship for the entire year.  Other sponsorships, including sponsorships of individual events, are available and any amount is welcome. A portion of the donations will help defray the cost of events. However, the main reason for the fundraising effort is to provide the Portsmouth Free Public Library resources to preserve Portsmouth historic artifacts and documents.  More information on events and sponsorships is available at www.PortsmouthRI375.com.

The initial event, the 375 Polar Dive on New Year’s Day, brought out over 500 supporters and swimmers. The next major event is a “We Love Portsmouth Soup Sunday” from noon to 2 p.m. on February 17 when a soup, salad and bread lunch will be followed by forming a “human heart” of supporters in the St. Barnabas Church parking lot to be photographed from above.  Tickets are required and can be purchased from 375th Committee Members, at the website or at other places in town.  The second February event will be a free Winter Walk at Melville Park on February 23 that will include a guided walking tour, hot beverages and snacks.
Doug Smith, 375th Committee chairman, said, “ We really appreciate the contributions of all our supporters.  The support provided by both Clements’ Marketplace and our American Legion Veterans have been core to our community unity and are a big boost to the 375th Committee’s ability to coordinate a series of events that the celebration deserves.”
Portsmouth, Rhode Island was founded by a group of religious dissenters from the Boston colony who signed the Portsmouth Compact in 1638 establishing the town on Aquidneck Island.  
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