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Save the Date for Tailgate & Celebrate

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 5-9pm

Join us as we celebrate the completion of the Red Barn and kick off of the GameChanger Athletics Initiative. This tailgating party with a high-end twist includes:

Special Guest Speaker: Tony Dungy, former NFL player and coach and current analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America

A former NFL defensive back, Dungy is one of only four men in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as both a player and head coach, joining Mike Ditka, Tom Flores and most recently Doug Pederson. In 2007, Dungy became the first African-American head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory as the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.  Before retiring from the NFL in 2008, he had successfully made the playoffs in his final 10 seasons as a head coach. In 2016, Dungy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Pre-Game Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres & Silent Auction

Main Event Dinner, Program & Live Auction

Winning Wrap-Up Music by Rock and Soul Revue & Dancing


Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this event! Please visit community.mitchell.edu/tailgate-celebrate or contact Jennifer Wheelehon at wheelehon_j@mitchell.edu or 860-629-6131.


Reserve your tickets at community.mitchell.edu/tailgate-celebrate.

What You’ll be Supporting

All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales will benefit the Mitchell College annual fund which:

  • provides scholarships and financial assistance for talented and deserving students
  • makes specialized services for students with learning differences available and accessible
  • keeps our classrooms up-to-date with current technology
  • supports academic and extracurricular programs that enhance the Mitchell College experience and contribute to the larger community

Photo Gallery

View photos from last spring’s fabulous Red Barn Raising Event here.

Thank You Platinum Sponsors

Janet Steinmayer

Thank You Gold Sponsors

Donna Leonard Barclay ’72

Sam & Jane Flood

The Davila Family

Patricia & Gordon Fowler

Jim & Peggy Flood

Thank You Silver Sponsors

Jeff & Jynell Kristal

Chuck & Barbara Pratt

Thank You Bronze Sponsors

Therese Doyle/Chris McKeon ’15

Nancy and Charles Breslin

Mark & Pat Shoemaker

RJ & Ann Vassiliou

Thank You Friend Sponsors

Joel & Susan Appelbaum

Richard Carlson ‘64

Jamie & Jennifer Romeo

Drs. Garrett & Victoria Brennan

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Joanne Kossuth & Alfred Benson

Mariani Reck Lane, LLC

Thank You Individual Sponsors

Christine Hailer Baker

David and Beth Smith

Paula Conte’72

Mary “Kitty” Wagner

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

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  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities




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