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Big Chill 2014

Best Big Chill Ever!

A big warm thank you to our Big Chill attendees, honorary chairs, sponsors, donors, and special guests for helping us raise a record-breaking $110,000!

Blue Tie Wine Pairing Dinner and Auction at Rosecliffwatch the video!

Saturday night's Blue Tie Wine Pairing Dinner and Auction at Rosecliff was a smashing success. Bid for a Cause, featuring NBC 10 News anchor Gene Valicenti as our celebrity auctioneer, brought out the big hearts in our big bidders. See more Rosecliff photos!








A few words of thanks to all Big Chill participants from some of our stellar scholarship recipients...

“You didn’t have to donate, but you did. Your investment in me is making my future career goals and aspirations possible. As the first person in my immediate family to go to college, the foundation and support that URI has provided me with has been my key to a successful college career. I am a firm believer that knowledge is not only power but also a pathway to freedom.”

Gianelle Alba ’15
Hometown: Providence, RI
Major: Sociology and gender and women’s studies with a minor in Africana studies

“With the rising cost of college tuition, donations such as yours are priceless. The Alumni Scholarship Award means opportunity to me—opportunity to fulfill my aspiration of becoming a pharmacist. I’ve always hoped to be part of a profession that helps others. With the generosity and financial support from this scholarship, I’m one step closer to my dream.

Julia Jarmoszko ’17
Hometown: Burlington, CT
Major: Pharmacy

“I am extremely grateful for the scholarship and will always remember the generosity of the donors who supported me through my college years. Even more than the monetary value of the scholarship, the recognition of being a hard-working student is priceless.”

Lauren Petrie ’14
Hometown: Pawcatuck, CT
Major: Communication studies with a minor in general business

“This scholarship means so much to me because it shows that the students who graduated URI in the past still care about URI and facilitating the education of its current students. I have always planned to give back to URI in the future when I become financially able, and receiving this award just reinforces that idea.”

Arjun Ughreja ’15
Hometown: Burlington, MA
Major: Pharm. D.


Catch the Spirit Tastings

Wine Tasting Video and Photos  • The Bay Voyage Inn, Jamestown

Signature Rhody Cocktails Tasting Photos • Vanity Supper Club, Providence

Craft Beer Tasting Photos • Mews Tavern, Wakefield


Basketball Luncheon

Rams fans came to the Basketball Luncheon and stayed on for the URI Men's Basketball game against Richmond, which URI won handily—go Rhody! See more Basketball Luncheon photos.


Providence Public Library Wine Tasting
With special guest Ann Hood ’78

Rose CliffBlue Tie Wine Pairing Dinner and Auction
Rosecliff Mansion, Newport

MewsMews Tavern Celtic Pub
Craft Beer Tasting and Craft Spirit Tasting


Event Information

Shana Greene '95 M.S.' 97
Assistant Director

Alumni Center, 73 Upper College Road,
Kingston, RI 02881
p: 401-874-2218
f: 401-874-5957

Honorary Chairs

Stephen '76 and Laura Cunningham

2014 Committee

Denise Coppa '72, Ph.D. '02
Laura Dee '09
Paul DePace '66,  M'75
Kathleen Duffy '80
Gail Frechette '72
Catherine Gagnon '98, M'03
David Lepore '73, M'81
Jill Mainelli '64
Brina Masi '01
Deborah O'Brien '85, M '96
Jeffrey Ross '75
Jeffrey Tkacs '72


Gold Sponsor:



Bronze Sponsor:



Honor Roll:

Robert and Renamarie DiMuccio

Laurie White Taricani '81 and Jim Taricani




Sandy O'Brien Miniati '85 and Peter J. Miniati III '85

Richard H. Gregory III and Louise H. Thorson M.B.A. '85


Program Sponsors:

LBH Luxury Brand |

W. Alton Jones Campus



A special thank you to our partners:


Matunuck Oyster

Newport Vineyards

Newport Preserve

RI Monthly