2017-07-27 / Mainsheet

A Marquee Night for IYRS and Friends


Karen and Gerry Miglicaccio Karen and Gerry Miglicaccio On the evening of July 8, more than 650 supporters gathered for the 20th Annual IYRS Summer Gala, title sponsored by State Street. The school raised $875,000 between sponsorships, tickets, donations and auction items. This year, for the third consecutive year, Anne and Matt Hamilton, Barbara van Beuren and Steve Glascock, and Helene and Archie van Beuren served as the gala co-chairs.

IYRS teaches the art and science of making, building, restoring and maintaining, and in the process, inspires its graduates to work in a broad range of fields – from the marine trades and general manufacturing, to high tech firms like Autodesk, Google X, Goetz Composites and a variety of start-up businesses.

Terry Nathan, IYRS President, shared with the crowd how much progress the school has made since last year’s gala. “We have built a new 20,000 square foot building for modern making and building, and we have developed an outwardly facing mobile lab to take the IYRS experience to high schools around the State and beyond.” Nathan noted the school’s 90-plus percent job placement rate continues with graduates getting employment on both coasts, in Canada, and in the Caribbean this year.


Elizabeth Kahane and Sherry Brice Elizabeth Kahane and Sherry Brice The guests gathered in and around Restoration Hall for the cocktail reception and silent auction. Following a sit-down dinner, there was a live and reverse auction conducted by C. Hugh Hildesley, senior auctioneer and 55-year veteran of Sotheby’s. The reverse auction raised $170,000 in scholarship funds, a critical need for many students that attend programs that are 6 to 24 months in length.

Kool & the Gang capped off the evening with a live performance, and from the start of the performance the dance floor was filled with fans. The whole band, including Kool and his talented young lead singer, engaged with the packed dance floor. Marquee entertainment has become a signature of the IYRS Gala, and this year’s performance was one of the best, according to many attendees.



Kim Palmer and Anne Hamilton Kim Palmer and Anne Hamilton

Kate and Chris Greenman Kate and Chris Greenman

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Selian Mr. and Mrs. Paul Selian

Phil Lotz and Andy Green Phil Lotz and Andy Green

Dooie Isdale with Denise and Geer Messinger 
Photos courtesy of International Yacht Restoration Society Dooie Isdale with Denise and Geer Messinger Photos courtesy of International Yacht Restoration Society

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