Sponsors help IYRS celebrate at annual gala

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Sponsors Fidelity Investments and Jaguar will help marine trades and technology school IYRS celebrate student achievements at the school’s Annual Summer Gala on the evening of July 6.

The event will take place at the school’s Newport campus to a theme of Maker, Builder, Craftsman: Past and Future.

“This year, we look forward to recognizing the exceptional art, craft and technology associated with the act of making, building and restoring,” said IYRS president Terry Nathan. “Those who attend our gala will not only enjoy one of Newport’s highlight events of the summer: they will also support the IYRS model of experiential learning and the preservation of skills that lead to rewarding careers for our students, both in and outside the marine industry.”

The gala will transform the IYRS campus from a place of industry into an elegant setting for cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions.

The school’s marina will also showcase stunning vessels of the past and present — from historic motoryachts in the McMillen Collection to the latest in form and function from Hinckley Yachts.

A highlight of the gala will again be the live auction and a special Collectors’ Gallery silent auction. Among the auction items are: a seven-day charter on the stunning 105-foot sailing ketch Whitehawk; a painting of the schooner yacht Coronet by John Mecray; a stay in an oceanside villa in St. Barths during the St. Barths Bucket megayacht regatta; and a Lloyd McCaffrey miniature model of the Bounty.

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