WHO: University of Rhode Island students, faculty, staff, guest speakers and performers
WHAT: The University community will come together tonight to celebrate the life and joy that Sullynette “Sully” Sanchez brought to the community. There will be guest speakers, performances, and an open mic. Bracelets and balloons will be sold to support the Sanchez family. There will be a raffle and a donation box at the door, and all proceeds will go toward helping the Sanchez family. To donate visit www.giveforward.com/fundraiserforsullystevensfamily or sullynetteandbabysanchez1.chipin.com/sullynette-and-baby-sanchez
BACKGROUND: A staff member in the Office of Admission, Ms. Sanchez was killed in a motor vehicle accident late last month. She was in her ninth month of pregnancy. Her baby, Daryel Noah, died tragically this week. A 2011 University of Rhode Island graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, Ms. Sanchez became a permanent member of the admission staff last fall. Passionate about her URI experience and the benefits she gained from the Talent Development Program, she was enthusiastic in conveying her pride and great love for URI to prospective students. As a student, she worked as a manager at the Memorial Union, where supervisors described her as a great manager of people. Able to speak English and Spanish fluently, she was a major asset to the admission team.
WHEN: Today, October 18 at 8 p.m. to midnight
WHERE: Memorial Union Ballroom, 50 Lower College Road, University of Rhode Island, Kingston.
NOTE TO MEDIA: The event is open to the media, but the family will not be granting interviews. Members of the University community will be available for comment. The organizer and contact for the evening is URI student Chery Pratas, whose number is 241-6411. To make coverage arrangements during the day, please call Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing & Communications, 874-5862.