URI to hold annual yard sale to benefit Rhody the Ram Endowment

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KINGSTON, R.I. — June 2, 2006 — Need some furniture for the beach house? How about some toys or books?

You’ll find these and more at the Third Annual Rhody the Ram Yard Sale on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University of Rhode Island’s Keaney Gym parking lot. Rain date Sunday, June 11.

Every spring departing students leave behind tons of reusable items that they now can donate to the food and clothing drive or the URI Yard sale. “Instead of throwing away items, students were encouraged to place them, along with unwanted clothing and non-perishable food items in lobbies of their residence halls,” said Nancy Hawksley, URI Recycle Coordinator.

Individuals or groups can set up their own tables and sell their goods for a fee of $25. “We’ll also have several crafters at the yard sale,” said Gerri Beagle, fiscal manager at the URI Foundation and co-coordinator of the yard sale for the third year. “Allowing people to set up their own tables will be another added attraction that could make this yard sale one of the biggest in the local area.”

Community members, faculty and staff can also donate items to the URI yard sale on Friday, June 9 by calling Nancy Hawksley, URI recycling coordinator and yard sale co-coordinator, at 874-2840. The recycling truck will be parked in the Keaney parking lot between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive donations.

URI Dining Services and URI Recycling and a few others volunteered their time to collect 650 pounds of food, which were brought to the Jonnycake Center Wednesday, and 1,400 pounds of clothing that was picked up by the Big Sisters organization Thursday morning.

Proceeds from the yard sale will go to The Rhody the Ram Endowment established 2 years ago to provide financial support for students who volunteer their time performing as the URI mascot, Rhody the Ram, at University athletic contests and other events. The endowment now stands at about $20,000.

Currently, students who assume the role of Rhody receive no financial support despite a substantial commitment of time and energy. Recipients must be at least sophomores in good academic standing. The recipients could be a first-time mascot or someone already serving in the role. Such an approach provides for the recruitment of new mascots and/or the retention of new ones. Each scholarship award could be worth as much as $1,200.

Members of the Student Alumni Association will be given preference but membership is not a requirement. Recipients must also meet criteria for appropriate public behavior as an important public representative of the University.