09/22/11 Television Advocate for Children to Host Event Honoring National Child Advocate

  NBC 10's Patrice Wood


NBC 10’s Patrice Wood, whose broadcasts have helped find homes for needy Rhode Island children, will emcee an event honoring a child advocate who is one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.

“We’re bringing together two individuals who have been advocates for children, Patrice Wood and Geoffrey Canada,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, CEO of Family Service of Rhode Island, the non-profit sponsoring the event. 

“Patrice’s ‘Tuesday’s Child’ reports have helped children find adoptive homes; our honoree, Geoffrey Canada, heads the Harlem Children’s Zone, and has fought for a better education and better lives for children in Harlem,” she said.

Mr. Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, was recently featured in the school-reform documentary Waiting for Superman, and has been profiled on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and other programs.

On Tuesday, October 11, at noon at the Rhode Island Convention Center, he will receive Family Service of Rhode Island’s “Brighter Futures” award, and will make a major address about improving lives for children.  He’ll also be signing his books Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America.


“Family Service of Rhode Island is a great cause, and I am pleased to help,” said Ms. Wood.  She noted that she is extremely interested in meeting and hearing from Mr. Canada.  “His work in Harlem has received impressive recognition, and all of us who care abGeoffrey Canadaout children and education should understand and discuss his ideas and see how they might be adapted for Rhode Island.”

Family Service of Rhode Island, inspired by Mr. Canada’s work, has already created what’s known as the “Providence Children’s Initiative” in South Providence, bringing in social services as well as helping to create a summer enrichment program for students at Fogarty Elementary.

Tickets are available at 401-519-2286 or on-line at www.familyserviceri.org

The presenting supporter is Hasbro, Inc.  Other supporters include: GTECH, the Citizens Bank Foundation, CVS Caremark, WPRO, Hinckley, Allen and Snyder, RDW Group, U.S. Trust, Carter Family Charitable Trust, Chris and Heather Crosby, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Gilbane Building Company, H. Carr & Sons, National Grid, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, University Medicine Foundation and Webster Bank.

“We are greatly inspired and grateful for the incredible support we receive from Patrice and our corporate and individual supporters,” said Ms. Holland McDuff.