Step into a winter wonderland
Feb. 5 at URI's Winter Gala
KINGSTON, R.I.-- November 10, 1999 -- Picture a winter wonderland with
a snow-covered park, street lights, an old-fashioned sleigh and a snowcapped
forest of evergreen and broadleaf trees.
Now imagine that you could enjoy dancing and dining in such a scene without
experiencing the frost-bitten fingers and toes that come from being out
in the cold.
The dream will become reality on Saturday Feb. 5 at the Newport Doubletree
Islander Hotel when the University of Rhode Island holds its Seventh Annual
Called the "Winter Wonderland Celebration" the gala features
the interior creations of Richard Carbotti's Perfect Surroundings. Carbotti,
a resident of Newport, has planned a setting that will include ice
sculptures and mannequins dressed in period costumes chatting at the edge
of an icy pond. Carbotti created three events for Nancy Reagan, and the
party for the 1996 Super Bowl in Phoenix. He planned the recent opening
for the Providence Place Mall. Carbotti is also a partner in Themes Restaurant
in Newport, which changes its decor every two months.
"A lot of people like being in Newport because it is a getaway,"
said Jen Durand, assistant director of the Alumni Relations. "But when
they walk into the Doubletree, they are really going to feel as though they've
walked into a winter fantasyland."
Proceeds from the event, which last year raised about $100,000, will
benefit annual alumni scholarships and grants for deserving URI undergraduates.
Sid Cohen, honorary chairman of the gala and president of MGM Domestic
Television Distribution, said this is a festive way for alumni to reconnect
with the University.
"The gala provides a perfect opportunity to celebrate URI through
scholarships supporting undergraduate students," the 1955 graduate
A pre-gala reception sponsored by CVS/pharmacy and Textron will be held
from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, champagne
and an auction preview.
The gala will follow from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., and for the first time
will feature a sit-down dinner, along with dancing to the sounds of Sure
Thing and silent and live auctions. Black tie is optional.
Those attending will dine on: double strength chicken consommé
baked in pastry with "URI" decoration, Ridgecrest Farms Field
Greens, vegetable confetti and aged red wine vinaigrette, salmon and beef
tenderloin medallions over barley risotto and chimi churri and grilled vegetables.
More than 100 items will be auctioned off, including trips and tickets
to major athletic events. Corporate sponsors are welcomed, and items for
the silent and live auctions are being accepted. Donations can include artwork,
trips, and other unique opportunities.
Tickets are $100 per person and $175 for the gala and reception. Groups
can purchase a table for 10 at $1,000.
Make checks payable to URI Winter Gala, and mail to: Winter Gala, URI
Alumni Association, 12 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, R.I. 02881-2011.
Credit card orders may be placed by phone at 401-874-2242 or by fax at 401-874-5957.
The Doubletree is also offering a special URI rate of $85 per room for those
who want a getaway night.
The Winter Gala committee is as follows:
Sid Cohen '55,
honorary chairperson , Marina Del Ray, Calif.
Lincoln D. Almond '85,
and Lynn M. Almond '84, both chairs, Kingston
Kimberly Rose '78, chair, Wakefield
F. Steven DiMasi, chair, Wakefield
Angel Hilliard '79, Cranston
Steve Leach'86, Warwick
and Sharon DeLuca'85, Warwick
Chester W. Ham, '62, master's '69, Warwick
M.J. Miniati Krueger '83, Cranston
Robert S. Messinger, Jr. '73, Portsmouth
Martha Sheridan '83, Kingston
Jill Trautman '88, Coventry
David J. DeRouin'88
and Jayne M. DeRouin, Cranston
Stephen D. Chmielewski '86, Framingham, Mass.
Mark Davis '83, East Greenwich
Nancy A. Lundgren '54, Tiverton;
Deborah O'Brien'85 '96, North Kingstown
Bonnie Saccucci, '81, Wakefield
Dennis N. DiSano, '70, Warwick
Salvator J. Corio, '83, Cranston
Michelle DiBiasio, '00, Johnston
Kathleen Duffy, '80, Cranston
Daniel J. Pendergast, Jr.,'59, Warwick
Alan H. Wasserman, '75, Providence and Narragansett
Jennifer Durand, '97,
Alumni Association assistant director, Narragansett.
For Further Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116