Viola Davis Comes to Providence for “Celebration of Education”
Fundraiser at The Vets Supports Central Falls High School, the Segue Institute for Learning

Rhode Island’s own Viola Davis has come home to celebrate education. On October 7, Davis made a special appearance at Veterans Memorial Auditorium for a red carpet fundraiser to support the Central Falls High School Drama Club and the Segue Institute for Learning.

The event included a screening of Davis’ new film, Won’t Back Down, followed by a reception at which two of the actress’ awards dresses were auctioned to support the schools.

“Viola Davis has always been an avid proponent for education and her home state, further demonstrated by her gracious appearance at our fundraiser,” said Angelo Garcia, Founder/Head of School for the Segue Institute for Learning.

“The red carpet event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate arts and teaching,” said Delores Grant, Central Falls High School ELA/Drama teacher. “What is even more exciting is that my sister, Viola, is supporting Central Falls High School thespians and helping to raise money for our program.”

Two-time Academy Award nominee and Rhode Island native, Ms. Viola Davis, was presented with the newly established RI Film & TV Dream Maker Award. "From humble beginnings in Central Falls, Viola Davis has matured into a skyrocketing star as a result of her talent, persistence and desire for excellence. She is truly a multi-faceted, Rhode Island treasure who inspires others daily. We salute this Dream Maker!", said Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & TV Office.

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