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URI's June 12 yard sale to benefit Rhody the Ram Endowment

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 27, 2004 -- The Rhody the Ram Endowment started as an idea: a scholarship to support students who volunteer as the University’s Rhody the Ram mascot.

After the endowment was established, fund-raising gained major momentum when staff members in the Division of University Advancement published and sold out of the first printing of Cooking with Rhody, a collection of recipes from division staff members.

Now, University volunteers want to build on that momentum by holding the Rhody the Ram Charity Yard Sale on Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Keaney Gym parking lot. Rain date is June 19. As in the cookbook sale, all proceeds will benefit the endowment.

Not only will the public be able to purchase small appliances, books and other items, they have a chance to meet Rhody and purchase cookbooks. The cost of the cookbook is $10.

Many of the items for the yard sale come from the annual spring cleanup of URI residence halls completed after students left for the summer. University crews collected furniture and other items left behind by students. In addition, faculty and staff have donated goods for the sale. Residents who wish to donate to the yard sale, can drop items off on Friday, June 11 at the recycling truck parked in the Keaney lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

So far, $13,500 has been raised for the scholarship fund. Yard sale volunteers with the yard sale want to boost that amount significantly.

The Rhody the Ram Endowment was established to provide financial support to students who volunteer their time to generate spirit at athletic contests and other University events.

"Students who assume the role of Rhody receive no financial support, despite a substantial commitment of time and energy," said Robert Beagle, vice president of University Advancement. "The Rhody the Ram Endowment will help to provide our mascots with much needed support and recognition."

For Further Information: Gerri Beagle 401-874-2460