A Million Dollar Evening at IYRS: Guests Had to "Lovett"

Keith Yeoman, Maggie Vale & Tricia Yeoman

Singing star Lyle Lovett brought his ensemble to the largest air conditioned tent Newport Seen has seen in Newport for the annual IYRS Gala weekend, a two-day series of events for yachtsmen and supporters of the school's restoration training programs.


Gala goers enjoyed cocktails and dinner by MAX Ultimate Food of Boston, and a live performance by Mr.Lovett & his band. He later tweeted IYRS, “Thank you for having the band and me. We had a great time with you all.”

Generous sponsorship support, table sales, a live and a collector’s auction, and a reverse auction that raised over $200,000 alone, put the school in record territory for their annual fund-raiser. All totaled, IYRS raised just over $1 million, up by about $100,000 from last year.


Joe Paolino & Bea Temkin

IYRS is building support as it experiences growing enrollment and continued extraordinary student outcomes,” said IYRS President Terry Nathan, who was there greeting guests. “More than 90 percent of our graduates were employed on or about the time they completed their programs this past year."


The evening included a Tuscan-style sit-down dinner at a sea of tables in the tent. Senior Auctioneer C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s—who has conducted some of the auction house’s most prestigious sales, including those of the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Collection of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor—conducted the live auction. The top-earning auction item of the evening was a miniature model of Young America by Donald McNarry. Other live-auction items included a fully restored 1957 VW Beetle Coupe, a stay in a WIMCO oceanside villa in St. Barth’s during the St. Barth’s Bucket regatta, and an extraordinary diamond encrusted cuff bracelet from Pomellato.


Terry Nathan, President of IYRS


Co-chairs of the IYRS Gala were IYRS Trustees Ron O'Hanley and Tesa van Munching.

                                                                 -- L.P.
  For information about IYRS's programs and courses, go to www.IYRS.edu



Joe Swiader, Katie Brierley & Roger Kass

Kristin & Karl Rolff


Joanna & Serena Salvo

Gentlemen & a vintage Beetle

Sondra & Roger King

Hat designer Lisa Stubbs (c.) with friends

The crowd at the silent auction

Lyle Lovett's stage being prepared

The jazzy performance area

The tent is ready for the diners


Carol O'Malley & Nick Harry, recently wed

Paul & Amy Harden 

 A "vendor"

Miles & Carol Bidwell

Twanette Tharp looking a a model of Endeavour

Sister Jane Gerety of Salve Regina & Margaret Higgins

Jill & Chuck Townsend

Jean & Hugh Mellor

Richard Saul Wurman

A donation bracelet.

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