Project Purple: The Herren Project 

2017 Legion Park

History of Project Purple

   Founded in 2011, The Herren Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction.

  Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, realized his dreams by playing for the Celtics in the NBA, only to lose it all to addiction. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008, Chris has refocused his life to put sobriety and family above all else. In 2009 Chris launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, a basketball player development company which provides customized, superior basketball training through private training, clinics and camps.

    Off the court Chris continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. With the release of his memoir, Basketball Junkie, in May of 2011, Chris was approached by hundreds of people and their families looking for assistance in their road to recovery. Inspired by their stories, Chris formed The Herren Project to educate at-risk populations on addiction and help others in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety.

           Purple Ribbons are placed in support of the Project during January.



The Portsmouth Garden Club (PGC) was invited by Marianne Raymo, Chairperson of the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition, to help decorate Portsmouth for Project Purple the week of January 27-31. 2014.Joining in from the Portsmouth Garden Club was Sofi Cofield (PGC President), Jan Gump, Shirley Lenzi, Noreen Kissell, Joan Paquette (PGC 1st Vice-President), and Carolyn Evans-Carbery (PGC Civic Beautification Chairwoman).  Decorations were added to Legion Park, WWI Monument, and the Portsmouth Senior Center.

(Pictures by Marianne Raymo,

Chairperson for the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition.)

(Picture taken by Deb Mack.)

(Pictures taken by Sofi Cofield.)

Meetings and Events



January 9, 2019

Meeting at the Portsmouth Free Public Library 



Terrarium demonstration by

Julia Walker, of

The Greenery Warren, R.I.



February 8, 2019


Valentine Workshop with residents of Atria Aquidneck Place 


Time TBA


February 13, 2019 

Meeting at the Portsmouth Free Public Library


Reminiscences of the Portsmouth Garden Club's

85 Years  1934-2019


Slide Show and Memories- Rochelle Kieron and Carolyn Evans Carberry


Chocolate Basket Raffle




March 13, 2019


Meeting at Atria Aquidneck Place



Joan Nasiff,

Occupational Therapist Healthy Gardening


Jean Gadsby: Winter Horticulture


April 10, 2019 


Meeting At Atria Aquidneck Place



Anne Wagner, Ports.

Historical Society


"Native Plants, Native Uses" How the Wampanoag and Narragansett Indians Used Some Native Plants


May 8, 2019


Our upcoming flower show

Tips -Linda Kirkpatrick


May 2019

Portsmouth Garden Club 


“On Broadway”


 A Standard Placement Flower Show




– 4 pm