$14,000 collected at Cianci portrait fundraiser

$14,000 collected at Cianci portrait fundraiser

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Vincent “Buddy” Cianci celebrated his 73rd birthday Wednesday night with a party that raised money to help pay for the former mayor’s official portrait at City Hall.

The $100 a ticket fundraiser was part of an initiative started by the city’s archivist. Paul Campbell tells Eyewitness News that last night’s event raised about $14,000.

$14,000 collected at Cianci portrait fundraiser

It costs between $10,000-$15,000 to commission the artist and have the portrait painted and framed.

The city is establishing a committee of artists and representatives from the city council and private sector to solicit artists that might be interested in painting the Cianci portrait.

After that is complete, Campbell will begin an effort to raise funds for the portraits of former mayor Rep. David Cicilline and current mayor Mayor Angel Taveras.

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