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Friday July 3rd, 2015: 

Evening Gala 1800-2300

After six years of planning and construction, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be completed and start its Sailing Education mission this summer. Please join us to celebrate the completion of this unprecedented $16 million economic development project that has supported hundreds of jobs in the Rhode Island marine industry. We invite you to share in this proud accomplishment at our "Homeport Rhode Island" Gala on Friday, July 3rd at Newport Shipyard. This event will honor our Board Chairman, Bart Dunbar, for his unfailing devotion towards Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island
Throughout the evening, guests can participate in a live and silent auction all while enjoying cocktails, dinner, dancing and dessert.  SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be dockside and open for visits. Proceeds from the night will go toward the organization’s educational programs.

Tickets are sold out! Thank you all for supporting OHPRI and education at sea.

Gala Sponsors


Main Topsail

Tenley and Regis DeRamel 

Fore Topsail

D'Arcy and Jason Carr
John G. Laramee
Lisa Lewis 
Rick and Elaine Williams

Mizzen Topsail

Larry and Anne Glenn
Brendan and Pam Kelley
Perry and Elizabeth Lewis
Ludwig Family 
David and Nancy Staples
Jennifer Spring

Fore Course

Patricia and Philip Bilden
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Brown
David Guertin and Deirdre Murty
Jim Harrington and Mary Dibara
Frank and Betsy Ray
Charles A Robertson
VADM Thomas R. Weschler, USN (Ret)

Flying Jib

Linda Lupo-Adams
Leith Adams
Adelina Azevedo Axelrod
CAPT Lee and Pamela Bakalarski USN (Ret.)
Tricia and Peter Baylor
Mr. and Mrs Robert A. Beaver
Allan and Mona Beitchman
David and Jan Blair
David C. Brown
Mrs. Taylor Chewing
John Corbishley
Bruce Corliss
Caterine Milinaire Cushing
Eli and Lauren Dana
Kenneth Davis
Joanne Harris Deyoung
Margaret Doyle
Emmett Dunbar and Lini Mazumdar
Michael and Carol Dutton
Peter B. Feeley and Monica Bailey
Edward M. Fontaine
Douglas and Lisa Garavanta
Steven amd Katrina Gewirz
Thomas and Lisa Goddard
David and Linda Gordon
Janice and Tom Gunzelman
Matt and Anne Hamilton
Shawen Williams and Andrew Mackeith
Charles T. Makepeace and Nancy Easman
William N. and Mary Ann Makepeace
Alan and Fran McClennen
RADM Barbara McGann, USN (Ret)
Rebecca Meigs
Dr. Brian D. Melzian
Robert T. Merriman and Baoney Connelly
Marika Moosbruger
Arthur W. Murphy
Leo Orsi
Richard S. Palmer
Ms. Catherine Piccoli M.D. and Richard Rosene
Joan and Jack Regan
Irving C. Sheldon
Cathy and Jeff Siegal
Annie Snyder
Sue Stenhouse
Heath and Mary Twichell
Kathy Vespia
Alex and Trixie Wadson
Judi and Tom Walsh
RADM and Mrs Glenn Whisler, USN (Ret.)


Main Royal

Bowen's Wharf Company

Fore Royal

Peregrine Group LLC
Custom Ship Interiors
NorEast Marine System

Main T’Gallant

All Metals
Bank Newport
J. Goodison Company
Kimberly and Bradford Dimeo

Fore T’Gallant

Nicholson Yachts Worldwide
Mizzen T’Gallant

Advanced Fuel Solutions
Brooks Marine Group
Cox Communications
Delta T Systems
Discover Newport
Firex RI


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