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3/16/2018 Rep. Lancia and Rep. Nardolillo Announce 4th Annual Bow Ties Against Bullying Event
Proudly Welcome Denise Panichas and the Rhode Island Samaritans to the State House

STATE HOUSE -- Rep. Robert Lancia (R-Dist. 16, Cranston) and Rep. Robert Nardolillo III (R-Dist. 28, Coventry) are proud to welcome the Samaritans of Rhode Island for their fourth annual Bow Ties Against Bullying event on March 22 and to honor Denise Panichas for her suicide prevention work with the organization.

Legislators, visitors, and staff are all encouraged to wear bow ties or scarves to show support and raise awareness for the Samaritans’ mission. The group will have tables outside of both the house and senate chambers with information about their mission and ways to prevent suicide.

“I hope everyone will wear bow ties or scarves in support of the Samaritans and to honor Denise’s achievements. She and the Samaritans have fought hard to break the stigma of suicide and bullying by encourage those suffering to come forward and seek help,” stated Rep. Lancia.

“This is a wonderful event and I’m so grateful that I have had a chance to be a part of it the past four years,” said Rep. Nardolillo. “Denise has done so much to promote the Samaritans mission and if more people follow her example of selflessness we can move toward a world free from suicide.”

The Samaritans of Rhode Island have been helping to prevent suicide since 1977 and Denise has been with the group since 2001. She currently serves as executive director and recently received the John Kiffney Public Service Award for her tireless efforts to prevent suicide in Rhode Island.

Rep. Nardolillo and Rep. Lancia have worked together to organize the annual Bow Ties Against Bullying campaign for the past four years. This will be Rep. Nardolillo’s final event as he is seeking election to the U.S. Senate.

For more information, contact:
Ian O'Connor, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903