Photos: Warren unites for a friend in need


WARREN—Thousands came out for a night of clam cakes and rock and roll to benefit Natalie Swift of Warren during a fund-raising concert at Burr’s Hill Park on Saturday evening. The East Providence based band, World's Collide, Juniper

Hill and Neal and the Vipers played rock and roll and blues to the huge crowd picnicking on seafood in folding chairs as the sun set over the Warren River. Proceeds from the event will go to "A Swift Cause: The Natalie Swift Foundation" to help Natalie Swift of Warren fight ALS. Organizers of the event hoped to raise $100,000, and planned to use some of the money to buy a handicap-accessible van to help Mrs. Swift and her family get around. The rest will go toward other expenses.

Natalie Swift: Here’s how to help

Want to help the family of Neil and Natalie Swift as they fight her ALS diagnosis? Here’s a few ways:

August 3 concert

A fund-raising concert and silent auction, with food and drinks, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 3, at the Burr’s Hill band shell (raindate Sunday, August 4). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Swift Results Golf Center, Amaral’s Fish and Chips, Savon Shoes and Gil’s Appliance in Bristol. Or call Jim Harper at 640-8229, Karyn Travers-Harper at 486-3796 or Liz DeLeo Miller at 641-3536.

Hit some balls

As Neil Swift helps his wife with her illness, he has had less time to spend with his two businesses, Swift Results Golf Center on Market Street, and his contracting business. Family friend Jim Harper suggested that if folks want to help the family, they can go and hit a bucket of balls, or call Mr. Swift for any contracting work they may need done.

Provide meals

For some time, friends have been bringing by regular meals so the Swifts don’t have to worry about preparing dinner. That continues; those who want to help out can contact the numbers listed above, or purchase gift cards to local restaurants that will deliver.

For more

For more information on Mrs. Swift and her situation, click on a website dedicated to her cause.



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