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Yachts International - - Making Waves - For more in­for­ma­tion: bgc­new­port.org

There’s Ping-Pong and there’s bling- pong. most ta­bles from sport­ing goods stores are green-painted par­ti­cle­board with me­tal tub­ing for legs. The Win­ston from Ven­ture breaks the mold. One ver­sion is con­structed of solid 1¾-inch maple with wal­nut in­lays and a UV-coated fnish. another is solid wal­nut with maple in­lays. The play­ing sur­face is reg­u­la­tion size and is set on ta­pered solid-wood legs and solid-wood aprons. The ta­bles some with a re­tractable net, pad­dles and balls. Op­tional din­ing chairs and benches con­vert the pieces into din­ing, serv­ing or craft ta­bles. Price:

More than 300 guests con­verged on New­port Ship­yard on a sun-dap­pled evening in Au­gust for an el­e­gant event that raised $200,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of New­port County. The New­port Yacht Ren­dezvous was the 36th an­nual din­ner-dance fundraiser the club has or­ga­nized. Last year, the event was re­struc­tured to in­clude a yacht hop. The yacht hop this year fea­tured seven yachts rang­ing from an Ocean Alexan­der 72 Pi­lot­house to 171-foot (52.1-me­ter) Fead­ship Gravitas. Af­ter cock­tails on the yachts and bid­ding on silent auc­tion items, guests sat down for a din­ner on the ship­yard grounds cre­ated by Blackstone Cater­ers, fol­lowed by a live auc­tion and danc­ing to the Mac Chrup­cala Or­ches­tra. Spon­sors in­cluded Peter de Savary and fam­ily, Linda and John Purdy, event part­ner Yachts In­ter­na­tional and venue spon­sor New­port Ship­yard.

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TOP AND CEN­TER: Guests en­joy ap­pe­tiz­ers and sig­na­ture cock­tails at the yacht hop. RIGHT: An el­e­gant din­ner un­der the tent at New­port Ship­yard primed at­ten­dees for the live auc­tion and danc­ing.

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