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Yard sale raises $1,500 for Rhody the Ram Endowment

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. – June 16, 2006 –The third Annual Rhody the Ram Yard Sale held last weekend raised $1,525 for the endowment established to support scholarships for students who serve as the University’s mascot.

Although postponed because of rain from Saturday June 10 to Sunday June 11, the event attracted a good turnout of people who were in a spending mood.

The endowment was established two years ago to provide financial support for students who volunteer their time performing as the URI mascot, Rhody the Ram, at University athletic contests and other events. The endowment now stands at more than $20,000.

“We had an amazing number of people for a Sunday,” said Gerri Beagle, yard sale co-coordinator and fiscal manager for the URI Foundation. “We ended up donating 8,000 pounds of leftover goods to Kiducation, a charity that supports children. I am very proud of our nine volunteers and what they were able to accomplish. It was a small group, but a hard-working one.”

Nancy Hawksley, yard sale co-coordinator and URI recycling coordinator, said many members of the University community donated valuable and interesting items. “We accepted donations for two weeks before the event, and on the final day there was one vehicle after the other lined up to drop off furniture, clothing, lamps, sports and exercise equipment, record and book collections, and even a bathroom sink."

A total of 1,500 pounds of clothing was donated to Big Sisters of Rhode Island, and 750 pounds of food collected at the yard sale was donated to the Johnycake Center. Students affiliated with the following groups also donated food: the URI-Narragansett Coalition, 173 pounds; Ann O’Brien Realty, 225 pounds; Eastward Look neighborhood, 97 pounds and Chi Omega sorority, 30 pounds.

The URI Alumni Association hopes to award its first Rhody the Ram scholarship in July. Recipients must be at least sophomores in good academic standing. The recipient could be a first-time mascot or someone already serving in the role. Such an approach provides for the recruitment of new mascots and/or the retention of new ones. Each scholarship award could be worth as much as $1,200.