Flames of Hope attracts thousands of people to downtown Providence each Columbus Day weekend for three inspirational days of education, support and hope. Planned for October 5th through 7th, it’s now recognized as one of the largest breast cancer awareness events in the Northeast.
The weekend kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, October 5th at 6 pm at the Providence Marriott. Starting at noon on Saturday, October 6th, enjoy live music, arts and crafts, merchandise vendors, food and more at the Celebration Village in Station Park. Located on Francis Street, across fromProvidence Place, the village features a variety of tents such as the Education & Wellness Pavilion, the Interactive Health Zone, and the Garden of Hope. You’ll want to check out healthy cooking demonstrations in the Kitchen Stadium, with appearances by local chefs, including Michelle Ragussis of “Food Network Star” fame at 1 and 4 pm. At dusk that night, around 6:30, watch the signature Illuminations of Life Torch Procession from the State House to the Providence River basin for WaterFire. You can also buy tickets (for $25) for the ARS Pink Party, a dessert reception, starting at 7 PM.
On Sunday, October 7th, participate in the final weekend event, the Gloria Gemma 5K, starting at the State House. (You can register for $35 at packet pick-up at the Providence Marriott on Friday between 10 am and 5 pm, or simply register on-site the morning of the race between 8 and 11 am). The Gloria Gemma Kids 1K (for children ages 14 and younger) begins at 10:15 am, followed by the Gloria Gemma 5K at 11:15.
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation was established in 2004, with a goal of improving breast cancer awareness and education, and increasing funding for critical breast health programs. In 2008, the Foundation opened its Resource and Wellness Center. Find more event details here, or visit Facebook and Twitter.