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The Board and Staff of the Providence Athenaeum

request the pleasure of your company at

our 2012 fundraising event

Wilde at Heart

a gala celebration of the life, wit, and style of Oscar Wilde

Friday, February 3, 2012 from 7-10pm

at The Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit Street 

Attire: Flamboyant/creative/colorful/dandy

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”


Tickets are $150 per person, and only 135 will be sold.

Proceeds to benefit The Providence Athenaeum

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“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about,

and that is not being talked about.”

Flamboyant, theatrical, witty, idiosyncratic, and brilliant, Oscar Wilde assiduously cultivated attention, gossip, and even scandal – and then created the unforgettable bon mots with which to describe his exploits. Where better to celebrate the fantastic life, wit, and style of this extraordinary man than at the Athenaeum, a venue that has itself become the talk of the town? Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to support the library while enjoying a profusion of Wildean wit and epigrams; theatrical surprises; an exhibit highlighting Wilde’s notorious 1882 lecture tour of America; a menu of traditional British fare by Blackstone Caterers; wines and spirits generously donated by Campus Fine Wines; stunning floral arrangements created and donated with Wildean inspiration by Jephry Floral Studio; an auction of aesthetically desirable items and experiences; and a 50/50 Raffle - because as Wilde observed, “When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.”

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Please consider becoming an individual sponsor of the event; your extra donation above and beyond the ticket price helps to ensure the success of the event when we can only sell a limited number of tickets for capacity reasons.



(as of January 31, 2012):

BUSINESSES: Aesthetes ($1,200): Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Decadents ($600): City Kitty Veterinary Care for Cats;; R-Keough Construction; Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc.; Taylor Duane Barton & Gilman LLP; Wits ($300): Couture Design Associates; Elad, Inc.;; Local 121; Louis Goldman of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; M&S Rare Books, Inc.; The Peck Building, LLC; Providence Preservation Society; Residential Properties; Jillian Siqueland of Residential Properties; Yankee Travel.

INDIVIDUALS: Decadents ($600): Alayne Barnicoat and Dale Lesh; Roy and Laura Brady; Richard and Sheila Congdon; Stephen and Melanie Coon; Carl and Grace Farmer; Paul Gricus and Donna Welk Cameron; Drs. Ethan H. Kisch and Helene Kisch-Pniewski; Thomas and Erika Lamb; Anthony and Jacqueline Marro; Pamelee and Raymond Murphy, Jr.; Peter and Kay Scheidler; Stephen and Jenny Schweich; Deming and Jane Sherman; Terry Tullis and Connie Worthington. Wits ($300): Kqantu and Andrew Bent; David Berman; Sheila Hughes; Jean Lewis Keith; Danielle Kemsley; John and Alison Maxell; Suzanne Scanlan; James and Ann Scott.


FLORAL SPONSOR: Jephry Floral Studio


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Angela Brazil of Trinity Rep will be our charming auctioneer, and highlights include tickets to Wicked on Broadway and a visit with its Tony Award winning scenic designer Eugene Lee, a billboard in the town of your choice for four weeks, tickets to a Boston Bruins game and hockey stick signed by the team, and a backstage tour of the RISD Museum with new Director John Smith. For full details about these and our other fabulous auction items click here.

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Can’t make it to the Gala? You can still be part of the fun and fundraising by participating in the 50/50 Raffle now in progress. The amount raised in raffle ticket sales will be split between the winning ticket holder and the Athenaeum – the more the Athenaeum raises, the more the winner wins! Tickets are priced at one for $5 or five for $20, and can be purchased through February 3 (including at the Gala), at the library. The winning ticket buyer need not be present to win. Call 401-421-6970 for more information.

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Thanks to our Gala Commitee: Julie Andrews, Kqantu Bent (Chair), Stephen Coon, Rhoda Flaxman, Holly Gaboriault, Sheila Hughes, Thom Jones, Helene Kisch-Pniewski, Allen Kurzweil, Cathy Lund, Pamelee Murphy,  Nicky Nichtern Sophie Philbrick, Merle Mainelli Poulton, Suzanne Scanlan, Robert Schmidt, Jenny Schweich, Jillian Siqueland and Anya Ventura.

Wilde at Heart art: Holly Gaboriault

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