Celebrate Gordon at WaterFire
Saturday, September 22, 6pm - 9pm


"What the world needs now is Gordon graduates," said Dr. Noni Thomas López as she addressed the crowd of parents, students, faculty, alumni, friends and extended family members at tonight's event. video


On Saturday night, over four hundred and fifty members of the extended Gordon family came together in downtown Providence to celebrate excellence in Rhode Island education - and officially welcome Dr. Thomas López to Rhode Island.

The crowd exceeded all expectations, and ranged from alumni from the 1950's to families who began at Gordon just a few weeks ago. 


The Stand Up, Stand Out Downtown celebration took place in the center of WaterFire, Providence's long-running art installation. It was the largest lighting of the season, dedicated to Rhode Island educators, and the evening also included the Big Bang Science Fair, a multimedia celebration of arts and science presented by institutions that included Brown University, Harvard University, Bryant University, CERN, and more.


The evening was organized and executed by a small committee of staff and volunteers, including Amanda Riegel, Shelly DiPaola, Martha Palan, Paola Martinez, Geoff Griffin and Anne Marie Ticaric. The t-shirt and wristband giveaways were made possible by GO EAST Promotional Products and Mark and Kate Mercurio.


#standupstandout logotype by fourth grade parent Cyrus Highsmith 
painting by a Gordon second grader 

WaterFire has a radio show, and Dr. Thomas López was on it Thursday afternoon!

Hear it now via Facebook live!

These Gordon siblings have a connection to WaterFire that goes all the way to the heart of the event.

Their father runs Simply Local Wood, the main wood supplier for WaterFire. The wood is all locally grown and sustainably harvested, fueling the local economy (and local artists!) while ensuring the longterm viability of Southeastern New England's forests.

Every time your family experiences WaterFire, you are enjoying the work of a Gordon family. Learn more at www.simplylocalwood.com