SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Summer Party Raises Fun and Funds


Terri Conners & Brian Halligan



On land and on sea, the fifth annual summer fundraising party for Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) raised over $100,000 for its education-at-sea programs. Held at Newport Shipyard, the event celebrated SSV Oliver Hazard Perry’s inaugural ocean passages to Cuba and Bermuda this Spring as well as the non-profit organization’s continued commitment to providing, for all ages, “innovative and empowering education-at-sea programs to promote personal and professional growth.”

Hudson Hinckley & Campbell Carr

Enjoying this year’s “Experience, Education, Exploration” theme, approximately 350 guests were treated to passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails (including “The Oliver Hazard Pear-y and Fizz” signature beverage), and a fresh seafood raw bar on Newport Shipyard’s checkered esplanade before heading under the great tent for dinner, auctions and dancing to the band Honky Tonk Knights.

The 200-foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry was dockside for the event; however, high winds made her difficult to board. Tours the next morning at Fort Adams were offered to all who attended.


George & Anne Baker

Major sponsors were Bowen’s Wharf, Newport Shipyard, J. Goodison Company, Inc., ABS, Bank Newport, Bank RI, Kiel James Patrick, Newport Biodiesel, Alex and Ani, O’Reilly and Skuncik Ltd., and Helly Hansen. Event co-chairs were Anne and George Baker, Katherine Weschler-Williams, and Susanna and John Laramee.



Kathy Vespia, Jess & Dan Wurzbacher with Steve & Bonnie Wurzbacher

Dinner and spirited dancing ensued.Most popular live-auction items were a private dinner for eight by Diego’s; a private three-course dinner by Blackstone Caterers; a wine dinner for 10 at 22 Bowen’s; and a Raw Bar Party by David Roebucks of Shuckin’ Truck.

The building of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel, has been a $16 million economic development project, which has supported hundreds of jobs in the Rhode Island marine industry.



Kathy & Bob Morton


Ivy & Peter Dickenson


Eli & Lauren Dana with Barbara & Nick Shenstone


 Sam Hardy, Michael Connelly, Deborah Warner, Kaitlin Connelly


 George & Anne Baker with Tessa Goss


Alyce Wright, Russel Taby with Kim & Dan Tutcher


Meg Toppa &Meghan Norton


Peter & Melinda Gerard, Admiral Jim & Anne Hogg


Mona Beitchman, Elizabeth Lewis, Peter Layne Arguimbau & Kim Ferarro


Patricia & Torre Peterson, Betty Cares


Mary DiBara, Jim Harrington, Rick & Elaine Williams with Kit Weschler Williams & Neal Diver


Sue Hager & Lee Merrill


ARDM Glenn & Betty Whisler with Barbara Odegaard


Donald Christ, Jennifer Booth, John E. Odegaard


Neil & Sarah Harrell


Honky Tonk Nights


Hudson Hinckley


Jess Wurzbacher


Kit Weschler-Williams, David & Judith Enstone (Barbara Odegaard seated)


The Laramees with Bart Dunbar , David Guertin and Marisa Tuccelli


Camia & Chris Dimock with Chris Braga


John & Suzanne Laramee


Bethany & Brian Hodge

 Contributed Photos by MollyLoopr













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