Friday, October 09, 2015

Brighter Futures Award Lunch 2015 Honoring Malcolm Farmer, III Oct. 20

Malcolm Farmer, III, is the 2015 Brighter Futures Award Honoree

Malcolm Farmer III will receive Family Service of Rhode Island’s Brighter Futures Award, given annually to a person or organization making an outstanding contribution to the well-being of children.

“Mac Farmer helped change Rhode Island and the nation,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of Rhode Island’s CEO.  “His is a life of building brighter futures for people suffering from hatred and injustice and for children and families in crisis from abuse, homelessness and other issues.”

The event takes place Tuesday, October 20, beginning at noon at the Rhode Island Convention Center.  Seats and sponsorship opportunities are available by clicking here or visiting, phoning Johnnie Chace at  401-519-2289 or emailing her at

Mr. Farmer is an attorney and a partner at law firm Hinckley Allen. As a young lawyer in 1965 he left Hinckley Allen and went to Mississippi where he represented civil rights workers and organizations as well as local African-American citizens in efforts to obtain and protect their constitutional rights against state and local governments which endorsed and enforced racial segregation and discrimination. Returning to Rhode Island in 1967, he continued to work for fairness as the executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Crime Delinquency and Criminal Administration. Later, as a member of the Providence City Council he was a strong and early advocate for racial equality and to end discrimination due to sexual orientation.  He and his late wife Susan created the “Malcolm Farmer III and Susan L. Farmer Fund” at the Rhode Island Foundation promoting equality in issues involving race, sexual preference, gender, education, immigration—any area where discrimination takes place.

“As our longtime board president, his compassion and idealism were complemented by a commitment to accomplishment,” Ms. Holland McDuff said.  “He has provided tireless leadership to improve the agency’s services and fundraising capacity,” she said.

The Brighter Futures Award Luncheon has become over the past eleven years a signature fall event for the state’s business community. IGT is the Diamond Sponsor of the event; other major sponsors include: Malcolm G. Chace, Jr.; the de Ramel Foundation; Hasbro, Inc.; Hinckley Allen; Citizens Bank; Amica Insurance; Capitol Securities; Cooley Group; Deepwater Wind; Bank of America; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Cornerstone Group; Christopher and Heather Crosby; CVS Health; Elizabeth Z. Chace; Thomas and Debra Chase; Customers Bank; Delta Dental of Rhode Island; Dimeo Construction Company; Malcolm Farmer, III; Foundry Associates; Fuller Box Company; H. Carr & Sons; William F. Hatfield; KLR; Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Joseph R. Paolino, Jr.; Residential Properties.

Family Service of Rhode Island is a non-profit social service and educational organization. More information is available at

IGT logo.  Sponsoring Brighter Futures Award Luncheon. 2015. Diamond Sponsor.