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College Poised for Festive A Night in Black and White Benefit

Approximately 800 alumni, parents, corporate partners, and friends of Providence College are expected to attend A Night in Black and White, the College’s signature fund-raiser, on Saturday, April 28, in Boston.

Presented by the Office of Institutional Advancement, this third annual event will be held for the first time at The Park Plaza Castle in Boston’s Back Bay.

The College’s biggest, single-event fund-raiser, A Night in Black and White primarily benefits the PC Fund, the annual fund the College uses to address its most immediate, mission-driven needs. Proceeds from the silent auction assist the PC National Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

A Night in Black and White, which raised more than $750,000 in its first two years, is a festive evening that celebrates the mission and spirit of Providence College. The occasion features gourmet food and wine, silent and live auctions, and the presentation of the Black and White Award. More than 120 corporate sponsors have signed on to support the event.

This year’s Black and White Award honorees are William ’77 and Claudia Concannon ’08P and Bryan and Susan Koop ’11P & ’12P, loyal members of the College family who have made a significant impact on PC and the communities in which they live.

Co-chairs of this year’s fund-raiser are Mark ’97 and Susan Gasbarro and Ted ’86 and Kim ’86 McNamara. They are leading a committee of more than 60 alumni and parent volunteers.

In addition to the Black and White Award presentations, two of the evening’s highlights are the silent and live auctions. Continuing a tradition, the silent auction will feature a juried selection of original campus photographs by PC students under the mentorship of Eric Sung, assistant professor of photography.

Other silent auction items will include New England sports ticket packages, golf outings, and getaways to Florida and Nantucket.

The live auction, to be led by professional auctioneer Kathy Kingston, will include such exciting offerings as a New York City Spider-Man theater experience package and a Boston Celtics courtside kids’ experience package.

There also will be a raffle in which the grand prize is the winner’s choice of a $10,000 tuition grant or $5,000 in cash.

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