Lobby Muddy Festival Returns August 13, Proceeds Benefit Newport Mental Health

On Saturday, August 13, Lobby Muddy Fest will host its third annual charity event. The fundraiser, which originally started as a Sunday ritual at O’Brien’s Pub where a handful of friends would meet to enjoy lobster rolls and mudslides and catch up the night before, has grown into one of the fastest-growing charity outings in the city through the sea. The event will take place at On The Docks, located behind Dockside at the end of Waites Wharf from 2pm to 6pm.

Lobby Muddy Fest 2022 is presented by Warwick Tree Service, the title sponsor of this year’s event and all proceeds benefit Newport Mental Health.

The founders of the event; James Miller, Billy Palmer, Ben and Jim Iacoi have seen how what was once an informal meeting between friends has become a recognizable brand with the philanthropic purpose of helping those in need in the local community. Last year, more than 250 people attended the event and more than $7,500 was donated to charities.

“We saw an opportunity to turn something we did weekly into something that would bring people together to help a greater cause. What started as a few friends trying to give back to a place they love so much has grown into something we’re proud to present at Lobby Muddy Fest every year,” said James Miller.

This year’s beneficiary – Newport Mental Health – is a federally certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic that provides resources to community members who have issues with mental illness, substance abuse, or other stresses in their lives, who would benefit from counseling and other behavioral health services and supports. Newport Mental Health offers treatment to everyone regardless of a client’s ability to pay.

Newport Mental Health is in the midst of a major renovation at their Middletown facility at 65 Valley Road and the proceeds from this event will go towards the construction costs for this improvement project.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a recipient of this year’s Lobby Muddy Fest proceeds,” said Jamie Lehane, CEO of Newport Mental Health. “It’s exciting to see a new group of younger people from our community get inspired to help others while having a good time. Their efforts will benefit those in need of behavioral health care throughout Newport County. It’s something that almost all of us have to deal with in one way or another.”

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