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BayCoast Bank to be title sponsor for UMD/Center for Marketing Research Celebrity Scholarship Dinner with Bruins HOF Ray Bourque



The UMass Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research 14th Celebrity/Scholarship Dinner will be sponsored by BayCoast Bank and will feature Bruins Hall of Famer Ray Bourque.  The dinner will be held on April 9th 2014 at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea, MA.  

BayCoast Bank is a community bank serving the people and businesses of southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Bank upholds the time-honored belief in community involvement and supports many not for profits in the region. They have 16 full service branch locations in Massachusetts and RI including in Fairhaven, Fall River, New Bedford, North Dighton, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Tiverton RI and Westport.

Bank President, Nick Christ said, “Education is a top priority in the region and helping to keep students in school is essential.   The Center for Marketing Research has demonstrated success in doing just that by working closely with students, giving them opportunities for networking, internships and employment as well as providing a significant amount of scholarships. We are happy to lend our support for their program.”

Dr. Nora Ganim Barnes, Director of the Center, sees BayCoast as a great fit given that both the Center and the bank are dedicated to help improve educational outcomes for students in our region.   She added, “We are proud and appreciative to have BayCoast as our sponsor.”

The dinner is the focal point for awarding scholarship to UMD returning students.  To date the Center for Marketing Research has awarded over $110,000 to both graduates and undergraduates.

The event is open to the public.  Tickets include a full course dinner at the Venus de Milo.  There will be a Silent Auction with signed memorabilia and Ray Bourque pictures for sale that will be signed after the dinner concludes.   Ray Bourque will speak about his career, challenges and will share some behind the scenes Bruins stories.  Individual tickets are $90 and tables of 10 are available for $850.  For tickets or for more information please call or email Ava Lescault at 508-910-6435 or


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