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Hattie Brown Award Recipients for the 239th Fourth of July Celebration

The Hattie Brown Award is named in honor of longtime
active Fourth of July Committee member, the late
HattieBrown. The award is presented annually to a worthy

Bristolianwho demonstrates the same spirit of community

service that was exhibited by Ms. Brown. Hattie was well

known for her charitable contributions and activities in Bristol

and throughout the State. Our recipient this year is Rayona Clemens.


Rayona Clemens

Rayona has remained a tireless advocate and volunteer for multiple Bristol community, social causes for the last decade including visionary team member for the formation of Courageous Kids, coupled with a yearly backpack drive for children in need. She is a member of The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bristol Fire Department, the Bristol Prevention Coalition, and received the Spirit of Christmas Award by the Bristol Christmas Festival in 2018.


In 2015 Rayona created Around Town Bristol RI: 02809 Facebook Group and serves as its Administrator. Since its inception, the Group known simply as “Around Town” has benefited Bristol and Bristol County residents with the sharing of real time information on local news and events with a membership of over 14,000 people.


A career that began in the field of Laboratory Science, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Management, and Proprietary Education, Rayona now concentrates on identifying and solving critical social needs, particularly with children and those who struggle with accessibility. With an infectious nature and spirit, Rayona is quick to jump onboard for community action and betterment and is always ready to offer a helping hand. 

Rayona grew up in Warren and moved to Bristol in 2002. She is married to Todad Clemens and together have five children and eight grandchildren. She is a licensed realtor in three States, and a licensed Community Association Manager.

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