"Buffetted" By A Record Crowd, Food and Music, IYRS Packs the House

Maggie Vale, Jane Berriman  & Carol O'Malley

The IYRS Newport Campus became a high end auction house and a concert hall (dare we say Margaritaville?) for this year's benefit, with Co-Chairs Earl and Elizabeth MacMillen and the IYRS 400 enjoying a great evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing in Restoration Hall, the Coronet building, and the school's marina. The summer gala is one of Newport's best attended events, and this year in support of the students and their outcomes, the party, Entitled"Master, Craftsman, Builder" celebrated the exceptional art, craft and technology associated with the act of making, building and restoring vessels.

 

The marina was full of extraordinary vessels of the past and present-from historic motor-yachts of the McMillen Collection, to carbon fiber and the latest in form and function from Hinckley Yachts-- all under the historic theatre of the 1885 schooner yacht Coronet.

 

Stuart & Donna Robinson with Mary & Tom Gilbane

Cocktails were served in Restoration Hall, where Newport Seen ran into (literally) Maggie Vale, Nina Taselaar, Guillaume de Ramel, Joe Dockery, Carol O'Malley, Sherry and Mark Brite-- we could go on and on! The crowd was escorted into the (mercifully) very air conditioned tent at 7:00 promptly for dinner and the musical entertainment. Star Jimmy Buffet performed shoeless, and Donald Ross and David Ford dressed acordingly, in down home patterned shirts.

 

The fabulous summer evening was part of a weekend long series of events for dedicated yachtsmen and school supporters. And it raised a record $885,000 for the school's ongoing work.

 

                                                                                     --L.P.

 

 

Robert H. Moore II with Elisabetta Assi

Gear and salt water items in the silent auction

Chuck Townsend, of Conde Nast

The extensive silent auction

Virginia Treherne-Thomas in a lively discussion with

Richard Saul Wurman, founder of the TED, TEDMED and

WWW conferences.

Sharon Caldwell & Mike Burns

Mike Burns & Livoy Dinneen

Kim Herrlinger with Steve Prince

Blondes Beth Bernstein & Kimberly Gonzales

Jorge Menendez scrutinizes a nautical painting

Anne & Matt Hamilton

Lucy & Ray Matthieu

Marilyn Kantor

 

Robert & Diane Beavers

 

A gorgeous necklace in sealed bid item, donated by Three

Golden Apples

 

Sandra & Roger King

 

Jill Townsend with Richard Saul Wurman

 

Mr. Del Guidice, Helen del Guidice & Clay & Mrs. Deutsch

 

Friends with Lyn Comfort

 

Bonnie Webber, friend, Paul Webber, friend

 

Buck & Lynn Margold

 

Tenley & Regis de Ramel, Dory & Dan Benson

 

Christine & Ned Capozzi with Sharon and Bill Wood Prince

 

A colorful dinner table

 

Chris & Tim Meckel, son and father

 

Earl McMillan, Co-Chair of the Event

 

 

Terry Nathan, IYRS President with ? & Joe Paolino

 

Simon Davidson, Kristal & Joe Dockery, friend

 

Bette Bearden Pardee

 

Joe Dockery speaking to guests

 

The overflow crowd

 

Dan McDonald with friends

 

An antic seat decoration

 

Auction item on screen

 

Earl & Elizabeth McMillen, Co-Chairs

 

Making important announcements

 

Donald Ross dressed Buffett-style

 

David Ford in the spirit of the evening

 

Gracing the IYRS campus

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