UMD Announces Celebrity Scholarship Dinner with Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz

The UMass Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research 17th  annual Celebrity/Scholarship Dinner will feature Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz.  The dinner will be held on April 26th 2017 at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea, MA.   BayCoast Bank and the family of Frank B. Sousa, Jr. are sponsoring the event.

Bank President, Nick Christ said, “Education is a top priority in the region and helping to keep students in school is essential.   The Center for Marketing Research has demonstrated success in doing just that by working closely with students, giving them opportunities for networking, internships and employment as well as providing a significant amount of scholarships. We are happy to lend our support for their program.”   

Helene Sousa, who sits on the Center’s Advisory Board, echoes his sentiments.  “The Center is dedicated to serving the students in a variety of ways.  The scholarship dinner is an important part of that mission.  My family is proud to be involved.”

Dr. Nora Ganim Barnes, Director of the Center, sees BayCoast Bank and the Sousa Family as a great fit given that both are dedicated to help improve educational outcomes for students in our region.   She added, “We are proud and appreciative to have them as our sponsors.”

The dinner is the focal point for awarding scholarships to UMassD returning students.  To date the Center for Marketing Research has awarded over $150,000 to both graduates and undergraduates at the UMassD.

Any donor of a $1000 scholarship will take the stage with David Ortiz to present it.  There is also an opportunity to purchase ads in the Keepsake Program Book.

The event is open to the public.  Tickets include a full course dinner at the Venus de Milo and an evening with David Ortiz.  David will assist in awarding scholarships and will speak about his career, challenges and will share some behind the scenes Red Sox stories.  He will take questions from the audience.  There will be a Silent Auction with signed memorabilia.  Individual tickets are $150 and tables of 10 are available for $1450.  For tickets, scholarship information, program book ads or for more information please call or email Ava Lescault at 508-910-6435 or alescault@umassd.edu.  Tickets can also be purchased by credit card online at  venusdemilo.com.

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