2014-07-31 / Mainsheet

IYRS Supporters Raise Record Amount


Jill and Chuck Townsend with Linda and Buck and Margold. ( Photo by Jack Renner) Jill and Chuck Townsend with Linda and Buck and Margold. ( Photo by Jack Renner) “IYRS is building support as it experiences growing enrollment and continued extraordinary student outcomes,” said IYRS President Terry Nathan. “More than 90 percent of our graduates were employed on or about the time they completed their programs this past year. At a time when conversation in America is about training more people to make and build things, an IYRS education is preparing people for lifelong careers of working and thinking through their hands and through the use of technology. It is a compelling and important story.”

In July, 650 supporters gathered for the International Yacht Restoration School’s annual summer gala, sponsored for a second consecutive year by Fidelity Investments and Prestige Jaguar.

Generous sponsorship support, table sales, a live and a collector’s auction, and a reverse auction that raised more than $200,000 alone, put the school in record territory for its annual fundraiser. All totaled, IYRS grossed just over $1 million, up nearly $100,000 from last year.


Betty Easton and Rick Bready IYRS. (Photo by Mary Hanley) Betty Easton and Rick Bready IYRS. (Photo by Mary Hanley) IYRS Trustees Ron O’Hanley and Tesa Van Munching served as gala co-chairs. Gala-goers enjoyed a live performance by Lyle Lovett & His Band, cocktails and a Tuscan-style sit-down dinner by MAX Ultimate Food of Boston.

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 ocean side villa in St. Barth’s during the St. Barth’s Bucket regatta, and an diamond encrusted cuff bracelet from Pomellato. Gala guests were also enthusiastic donors in a reverse auction for equipment, tools and technology, ensuring that students continue to have access to the state-of-the art equipment that is critical to their IYRS learning experience. The rare Abeking & Rasmussen Beetle Cat raffle was won by Rebecca Allen. Ms. Allen was inspired to enter the raffle by her father – he grew up sailing a Beetle Cat he won through a lottery, appropriately named Windfall.



Ron O'Hanley, Tesa Van Munching and Chairman of the Board Joe Dockery.(Photo by Jack Renner) Ron O'Hanley, Tesa Van Munching and Chairman of the Board Joe Dockery.(Photo by Jack Renner)

Greg Oram, Loriana De Crescenzo and Bob Eichler. (Photo by Jack Renner) Greg Oram, Loriana De Crescenzo and Bob Eichler. (Photo by Jack Renner)

Gala guests embrace festive yacht attire. (Photo by Mary Hanley) Gala guests embrace festive yacht attire. (Photo by Mary Hanley)

Lyle Lovett tweeted after the performance, "Thank you for having the band and me. We had a great time with you all." (Photo by Sean McVeigh) Lyle Lovett tweeted after the performance, "Thank you for having the band and me. We had a great time with you all." (Photo by Sean McVeigh)

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