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Ribbon-cutting, tours to be held at URIís Anna Fascitelli Fitness, Wellness Center

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892


Ceremonies to be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

WHO: David M. Dooley, president of the University of Rhode Island; Donald J. Lally Jr., Rhode Island representative and a 1977 graduate of URI; Michael Fascitelli, a 1978 graduate of the University and former chief executive officer of Vornado Realty Trust, a commercial real estate firm in New York; Rebecca Voccola, Consumer Marketing manager for the Southeastern Rhode Island Market of Bank of America; Peter J. Miniati, 1985 URI graduate, treasurer of the URI Foundation and vice president of Trust and Investment Services at Washington Trust Co.; Thomas R. Dougan, URI Vice president for Student Affairs and URI senior Paul Knott, director of Marketing and Recruitment for the Student Senate.

WHAT: Dignitaries and students will cut the ribbon to formally dedicate the $11 million, 33,202 square-foot Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center, which is designed to promote the health and well being of students in a safe, high-tech and inviting spa-like environment. Tours will also be offered. The project was supported in part by a $1 million private donation from Michael Fascitelli and his wife Beth, and a $1 million gift from Bank of America. The center is named in honor of Fascitelliís late mother, Anna.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, ceremonies run from 11 to 11:35 a.m., with tours to follow.

WHERE: Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center, 18 Butterfiled Road, URI Kingston Campus.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Contact Todd McLeish, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-7892.