Through the Red Bandana Fund, an annual financial award will be made to an organization or individual whose work best represents the ideals of peace and social justice that exemplify Richard's life work. He was a dedicated advocate of worker rights and committed to the nurturing of young people as a college professor. He gave hundreds of hours of service every month to organizations including Amos House, the George Wiley Center, Providence Niquinhomo Sister City Project, the Green Party, and Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation. These organizations, as well as the city of Pawtucket, along with a committee of his close friends led by Bill Harley and Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation are working with Richard's family to help establish the Fund.
Your donations continue to support the Red Bandana Fund and help "… honor Richard Walton and others like him who work to improve the human condition."
You can use the donation button below or send checks made out to "Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation/Red Bandana Fund" and mailed to Red Bandana Fund, PO Box 41057, Providence, RI, 02904.
Thank you to those who have already donated.
2016 Red Bandana Party:
Sunday, June 5: 4:00 - 7:00PM
Continuing Richard's tradition of holding an annual party for the community -
with music, camaraderie, and food
and honoring the 2016 Award Recipients
The celebration, at Nick-a-Nees is open to all, with donations to the Fund accepted. In addition to the awards ceremony, there will be performances by the Christ Monti Band and the Extraordinary Rendition Band.
“I like life to be a hodge-podge of people of all sorts, all ages, all cultures, all colors, all everything. Life can be terribly sad, life can anger you but life is, well, life, and it is to be lived.”
The Red Bandana Awards for 2016 will be presented to …
Artemis Moonhawk, also known as Mama Dreads, founded and runs Mama Dreads Mission of Love, a grassroots operation to help the homeless. Amanda Smith, a friend and fellow advocate says, “Artemis sees the invisible people, feeds them nourishing meals and gives hope and hugs to those who have little or none.” Colleen Polak, a teacher and friend, says that Artemis "does what we're all supposed to do; but she does it reflexively so that while the rest of us are still thinking about it, she has already done it."
Sarath Suong is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM). Both he and PrYSM are being honored for their work to mobilize the Southeast Asian communities and the youth of Providence to stand up for their right to live free from injustices. Most recently, the organization launched the Community Defense Project to provide free and low-cost legal help and counseling for victims of police brutality.
Entertainment on May 31, 2015:
The Extraordinary Rendition Band
The 2013 Red Bandana Fund Award was presented to Amos House in Providence which makes a difference in the lives of others by providing basic needs, education and businesses such as the Friendship Cafe, More than a Meal Catering, and Bristol Harbor Homemade Baking Mixes.
The 2014 Red Bandana Fund Award was presented to Harry Shelton and the Providence Student Union (PSU). Shelton, a longtime director of the George Wiley Center and a friend of Richard Walton’s, is known throughout the region for his steadfast commitment to bettering the lives of all Rhode Islanders, especially the poor and disadvantaged. The PSU has been addressing important issues of education in creative and powerful ways.
The 2015 Red Bandana Fund Award was presented to Prof. Eric Hirsch of the RI Coalition for the Homeless and to .the workers of the Renaissance Hotel. Prof. Hirsch was honored “for his life-long commitment to bettering the lives of the poor and homeless in Rhode Island. Eric’s life and work is a reminder to all of us of the importance of both thought and action.” The workers of the Renaissance Hotel, many of them first generation immigrants, were honored “for their courage and persistence in demanding their right to a union and fair and equitable treatment and pay for their work.”
Richard was the heart and soul of Stone Soup Coffeehouse, serving as President of the Board for most of the 32 years of Stone Soup’s existence. For many people he was also the face of Stone Soup as its long-term master of ceremonies.