After being held out of town for far too long, the Fourth of July Ball returned to Bristol with a bang this year. A sell-out crowd donned their finest red, white and blue attire to help raise funds for the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, which plans the town’s month-long patriotic celebration. Revelers enjoyed dinner, dancing and root beer floats under a tent on the picturesque grounds of Blithewold Mansion.
The beachy Dunes Club in Narragansett was an ideal setting for the Groden Network’s Gala by the Sea benefit. Post-dinner, 300 partygoers grooved to a live band and bid on auction items such as a trip to Ireland and signed artwork by actor Anthony Quinn. The event raised $160,000 for the nonprofit, which provides services to more than 800 children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities.