2012-06-28 / News

Donations, grants come pouring in for OHPRI

Bart Dunbar, chairman of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, announced recently that OHPRI has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Foundation in support of the construction of the 196-footlong tall ship, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.

The significant grant builds upon $300,000 in previous funding from the foundation, making it the largest donation to the $7.4 million project to construct and operate Rhode Island’s official sailing school vessel.

“The Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Foundation has shown its faith in this bold educational, cultural and economic development project, and we are honored by the foundation’s trust in our plans and our progress,” said Dunbar.

According to Dunbar, OHPRI hosted its third annual fundraising event in early June at Castle Hill, netting more than $57,000. A week later the organization received the donation of the 64- foot ocean-cruising ketch named Ocean Pearl, built for J. Seward Johnson, through its successful boat donation program managed by Block Island Maritime Funding. “This has been a $1 million month for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry,” said Dunbar.

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