You could pick any title — actor, game-show host, businessman, composer, author, PC trustee — to talk about John O’Hurley ’76 & ’06Hon., but there was only one that 750 people cared about on April 27: auctioneer.
Working — by walking among — the crowd like a Southie politician, O’Hurley turned the fourth annual A Night in Black & White
on its heels with a frenetic, often hilarious show of salesmanship that left guests at the Boston Marriott Copley Plaza amused and bemused, and in some cases, broke.
O’Hurley’s Oscar-worthy performance during the Live Auction and Fund-A-Need appeals yielded $230,000 which, when rolled into an outpouring of corporate sponsorship surpassing $500,000, accounted for most of a record total of more than $850,000 for A Night in Black & White
. The figure shattered last year’s previous high of $590,000.
In addition to O’Hurley’s “auction-mania,” PC biggest annual fund-raiser produced two other headlines:
A Night in Black & White
- Kevin C. Phelan ’66, longtime PC trustee, co-chairman of Colliers International, and revered Boston business community leader, was presented the Black & White Award for distinguished service to the College and the community.
- Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, which has managed the PC Bookstore since 1981 and is an annual supporter of several College funds and scholarships, received the first Black & White Corporate Partner Award. The award was accepted by Glen Hoyle ’82, a Barnes & Noble regional manager.
supports and celebrates PC. Proceeds — with the exception of the Fund-A-Need appeal, which aids the Angel Fund — benefit the PC Fund to bolster the student experience and the College’s most pressing needs.
“It’s a great night for PC! I think we’ve hit it out of the park,” exclaimed Colleen Cronin Duffy ’83, National Alumni Association Board of Governors president, who chaired the fund-raiser with her husband, Frank Duffy ’83, and Ted ’86 and Kim ’86 McNamara.
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Watch the Kevin Phelan '66 tribute video (expanded version) here.
Watch the Barnes & Noble College Booksellers corporate award video here.