Saturday, June 1, 2019


For over 70 years, ECC has transformed the lives of youth and families across Rhode Island, and the region, through its summer camp program and seasonal events.

Individuals, from all faith backgrounds, live alongside one another to create a safe, accepting, joy-filled community. Programs serve some of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable including inner city youth, children with special needs, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals awaiting adoption. This past summer, we served 440 campers, granted 213 scholarships, and provided free programming to an additional 222 inner city youth!

Through structured programming and unstructured play at the waterfront, in the woods, and around the campfire, lives are changed and we are so grateful to the partners who make this work possible! We look forward to “Rising Together” at our 70th Anniversary Gala to reminisce about ECC’s past, celebrate its present, and sustain its future.

We’re going all in for this fancy, celebratory party: live band, big tent, seated dinner, silent auction, and history display. Click here for event details.


Celebrating our History

This important anniversary and event will give us the chance to look back at the history of the Sayles Homestead, how the Episcopal Conference Center came to be through an inspirational gift, and how the ministry has formed and grown since 1949. Guests can look forward to an extensive history display in the barn.


Sustaining our Future

In our 70th year, ECC is in the midst of exciting initiatives to bring people closer to their true selves and God. While we are always exploring new and creative revenue opportunities, we know one thing for sure: we need the help of our alumni and friends to sustain this compassionate, vibrant, and life-changing ministry.

Get Involved!

Email us at eccrioffice@gmail.com to confirm your interest in any of these options!

  • Become a sponsor. (A limited number of sponsorships remaining) Sponsor this event and have your name or your company name prominently displayed throughout the evening. Other benefits are available for sponsors as well.

  • Commit to a gift to sustain the future now! We hope you will come out and spend the evening with us on June 1st, but whether you attend the event or not we hope you will consider a regular sustaining gift to ECC. Read more about sustaining gifts here. Your consistent support will ensure we have the necessary foundation to sustain this compassionate, vibrant, and life-changing community for the months and years ahead.

  • Offer an item for the silent auction. Is there a restaurant near you that you frequent that you can ask for a gift card for our auction? Are you an artist and want to donate a piece of art? Do you have a subscription to the theater and want to offer up a performance to benefit ECC? If you have something or are willing to ask businesses that you frequent for a donation for our silent auction, please let us know!

  • Collaborate with us on a strategy for engaging your local church! There are clergy and church-specific ways to engage our congregations from event attendance to sponsorships to advertising opportunities.

  • Help the history team! Do you have old photos, videos, and documents from your time at ECC? We’d be so grateful if you would share them to add to our growing archives to be available for future generations.

The 70th Anniversary Gala Committee

Event Co-Chairs: Chris Labonte and Laura Sidla Church Outreach: The Rev. Jim Bocchino and The Revs. Veronica and Peter Tierney Corporate Outreach: Susan Halvarson and Eve Nightingale History: Rick Butler and David Lavallee Hospitality: Laura Clarke and Marisa Rainey Logistics: Becky Clarke, Pam Galli, and Jen Leno Communications: Sandy Connor and Dave Gelsomino Silent Auction: Megan Birch-McMichael and Jessica Doll-Cottrell Table Captains: Linda & Peter Guest, Kathy Ryan and Rachel Smith