Governor’s Ball celebrates 42 years of scholarship fundraising

Salve Regina’s annual Governor’s Ball, which has a longstanding tradition of raising money for student scholarships, has been a highlight of the holiday season for 42 years. Open to all members of the University community along with local business leaders, alumni, parents and friends, the ball will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 1 in Ochre Court.

“Over the last decade as president, I have been honored to host the Governor’s Ball held in historic Ochre Court,” said President Jane Gerety, RSM. “This night truly embodies the spirit of the Christmas season, celebrating with family and friends while giving back to a community that holds a special place in our hearts. This enduring tradition, now in its 42nd year, will continue to foster student success at Salve Regina for years to come.”

Salve Regina, with the assistance of former governor J. Joseph Garrahy, established the Governor’s Ball in 1977 to introduce outside support for the University and to raise scholarship funds for Salve Regina students. This act of goodwill has benefited countless students over the years. To date, the ball has raised nearly $8 million toward academic assistance and has become a well-known holiday tradition in Rhode Island.

This year’s ball is chaired by Michael Perik and Liz Beretta-Perik. The alumni/parent committee is chaired by Christian Petrarca ’90 and Cheryl Petrarca.

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