2019 IYRS Summer Gala Sets a New Fundraising Record

Nearly 675 guests gathered in their summer finery on the IYRS campus for the 22nd Annual IYRS Summer Gala on July 6th. The evening offered fine food and wine with a performance by American music legend James Taylor. The event set a new record for the school, raising funds in support of student scholarships and the IYRS educational experience.

Gala co-chairs Geer and Dooie Isdale, Posy and Charlie Dana, and honorary chair Anne Hamilton hosted a once-in-a-lifetime evening featuring exciting auctions in addition to the live performance. When the last paddle was raised, a new record had been set.

Matt and Anne Hamilton with Brian McNally at the 2019 IYRS Gala in Newport.

Chris Cannon, IYRS board chair, said, “It’s truly special to see supporters of IYRS’ unique hands-on education come together in such a powerful way. The generosity of the evening’s guests will change the lives of IYRS students.”

President Jay Coogan added, “With nearly 70% of our students requiring financial support from the school in order to attend, the Gala is absolutely critical to making our students’ educations a reality. I could not be more grateful for the generosity of our guests and supporters. James Taylor’s performance was the icing on the cake of a truly spectacular evening of philanthropy.”

David Ray and Charlie Dana
James Taylor
2019 IYRS Summer Gala