Light Up the Night This Weekend at Flames of Hope

The sixteenth annual event, honoring lives lived and lost with breast cancer, features a celebration of lights, fireworks, food, music and more.
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Photograph courtesy of Gloria Gemma Foundation/Josh Grab.

Light up the night in pink on October 2 and 3 for the sixteenth annual Flames of Hope, a celebration of bright lights, fireworks, food, music and more. The Illuminations of Life Ceremony remembers those lost to cancer, honors those who have survived and pays tribute to those who still continue their fight. The ceremony features a performance by the State Ballet of Rhode Island, storytelling, a 150-person torch ceremony and a lighting of the State House in pink. The following celebration includes live music, dancing and food trucks at Station Park and a fireworks display over the State House. There will also be two different ticketed events, including the Pink Party and the Taste of Hope Food and Wine Tasting. “The Flames of Hope celebration is important because it reunites people who have been touched by cancer,” says Bryan Sawyer, the foundation’s chief operating officer and lead event organizer. “After the year we have all experienced, this homecoming is the perfect opportunity for people to feel hopeful and to celebrate life as the light returns to Providence.” Day two will include the annual Gloria Gemma Five-K. This race is the foundation’s largest fundraiser and helps fund free programs and support services for those affected by cancer. Wear pink to show support. gloriagemma.org