IYRS raises $660,000 at recent gala

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The International Yacht Restoration School raised a record-breaking sum of $660,000 during its summer gala held July 12 at the Newport, R.I., school.

The theme of the evening, “A New Launch,” celebrated the joining of IYRS and the Museum of Yachting.

"There is a great deal of momentum surrounding IYRS and the Museum … It's clear that the community embraces the convergence of these two organizations — and there are many exciting opportunities going forward," said Carol O'Malley who co-chaired the event with Joseph Dockery, in a statement.

IYRS trains tradespeople for careers in the marine industry. The school and the museum combined in 2007. This summer they have coordinated exhibitions and boatbuilding projects to create cultural attractions, which are engaging the public in Newport’s maritime heritage.

World-class sailor and journalist Gary Jobson served as auctioneer.

The gala crowned a weekend of festivities, including an opening reception for an exhibition and sale of American marine art to benefit IYRS and the Museum of Yachting at William Vareika Fine Arts.

Next year’s gala is scheduled for July 11.

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