URI Winter Gala raises more than $100,000
KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 26, 1999 -- It was a night to remember as
University of Rhode Island alumni and friends dined, danced, and raised
over $100,000 for the URI Alumni Association at the 8th annual
Nearly 750 guests attended the sold-out Gala that was held at the Doubletree
Hotel on Goat Island, Newport earlier this month. The event was chaired
by Joan Feraco 70 and Frank Feraco 69, president, Industrial Products Segment,
Textron, Inc. Also attending were Governor Lincoln C. Almond 59 and his
wife, Marilyn 58; and Lt. Gov. Robert A. Weygand 71, 76.
The Winter Gala committee chairs were Audrey and Philip Kydd 81 of Warwick
and Lincoln D. Almond 85 and Lynn M. Almond 84 of Peace Dale. Sponsors for
the Pre-Gala reception, which featured hors d,oeuvres, an open bar, a complimentary
picture, and an auction preview, were Textron and CVS. Long-time Gala supporter
Fleet sponsored the live auction.
Two of the main events of the evening were the live and silent auctions.
More than 100 items were up for bid, and many sold for twice their value.
A Loch Lomond Golf Getaway to Scotland package, donated by the Feracos,
received the highest bid of the night at $5,000.
Other popular items at the live auction were: A chance to be Rhody Ram
at a future athletic or alumni game, which was won by Lt. Gov. Weygand;
a place on the Master,s Celebrity Tour, also donated by the Feracos, and
won by URI Alumni Association President Alan Wasserman 75 of Cranston; and
a chance to be an assistant coach for Men,s Basketball at URI, which was
won by Peter Gabriele.
Popular items for the silent auction were a two-week escape to Prince
EdwardIsland, donated by Dr. Joan Abar 52 of N. Kingstown; a fishing trip
with URI president Robert L. Carothers on Snug Harbor; Disney collectibles
donated by Disney Feature Animator and Manager of Systems Development Jim
Sepe 82 of Glendale, CA; and a Don Bousquet 73 of Narragansett customized
Proceeds from this event fund Student Alumni scholarships and grants.
Every year at least 16 scholarships, totalling $46,000, are awarded by the
URI Alumni Association. Since this Gala,s debut in January of 1992, over
$350,000 has been raised. Thirty members of the Student Alumni Association
greeted guests and helped at the auction.