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Red Bandana Announces 2017 Awards


The Red Bandana Fund is proud to name two immigrants, Phil Edmonds and Omar Bah, as recipients of the Red Bandana Award for 2017. The Award, the fifth annual, honors individuals and groups whose work embodies the spirit and work of Richard Walton, a long time Rhode Island activist who died in 2012. The awards will be presented on Sunday, June 4th at a celebration at the Providence Firefighters Memorial Hall, 92 Printery St., Providence, from 3 to 6 pm.

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Suggested Donation $20

About Richard Walton

Richard was a father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He was a social and political activist, working against homelessness, poverty, and injustice. In addition to his affiliation with Stone Soup, Richard had a deep personal involvement with Amos House in Providence. For many years Richard was an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at Rhode Island College and was the founding president of its Adjunct Faculty Union.


Richard was the heart and soul of Stone Soup Coffeehouse, serving as President of the Board for most of Stone Soup’s existence. For many people he was also the face of Stone Soup as its long-term master of ceremonies. Richard was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2016 for his dedicated involvement and commitment to the acoustic music community in Rhode Island.

About The Red Bandana Fund

The Red Bandana Fund is a nonprofit (501) (C) (3) organization  organized to help sustain Rhode Island’s community of individuals and organizations that embody the lifelong peace and justice ideals of activist Richard J. Walton.


Our Mission

To honor those who work so tirelessly and selflessly, with so little recognition, on behalf of those who need it most.


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.


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.”

Join Us At Our Next Event!

2017 Awards Ceremony

Sunday, June 4th

Suggested Donation $20


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