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The Red Bandana Fund will be a legacy to help sustain Rhode Island’s community of individuals and organizations that embody the lifelong peace and justice ideals of activist Richard J. Walton.

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 will help establish the
Red Bandana Fund and will "… honor Richard Walton and others like him who work to improve the human condition."
Thank you to those who have already donated; follow the updates on the donation "thermometer" below.

Announcing the 2014 Red Bandana Concert:
June 8: 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Slater Mill

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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 FIrst Annual Red Bandana Concert
was held on
Sunday, June 2, 2013

Consuelo Sherba
Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen
Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly
Cathy Clasper-Torch
Kate Katzberg
Chris Thompson
Marty Ballou
Bill Harley

All concert photos by Erin Smithers

Information about next year's concert will be posted in the coming months!

Visit the Red Bandana Facebook Page

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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 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.
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