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Dinner with Friends Raises $30,000

Press Release
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2013
Contact: Carol Connare (413) 545-0995 or


RAISES $30,000


Amherst, Massachusetts – The eleventh annual “Dinner with Friends” on Saturday, April 6, 2013, was a great success. Sponsors, friends, and attendees raised nearly $30,000 for the new Digital Media Lab in the Du Bois Library. The event, hosted by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Library, featured a talk by New York Times bestselling mystery writer Archer Mayor.

New this year, the dinner featured silent and live auctions, including a live auction during which dinner guests could bid on having their name featured for one of the characters in Archer Mayor’s next book.

Several sponsors contributed to the event: Bassette Printing, Brattle Book Shop, Elsevier, Lexington Group, Print Associates, Sunshine Sign Co., UMass Catering, and the University Store.

The Digital Media Lab on Floor 3 of the Du Bois Library is designed to support students at each point in the multimedia production process, from concept and media creation to post-production. This exciting new space, opening in September 2013, brings together all the elements needed to produce high-quality multimedia, from green screen video room and pro-audio sound recording booths to specialized workstations and collaboration space. Outfitted with 27" iMacs and dual Mac/PC workstations, it will be a flexible workspace that can adapt to new technologies and learning modes.

The goal of the annual “Dinner with Friends” is to raise awareness of and support for the UMass Amherst Libraries, which is the largest public research library in the region and is open to all residents of Massachusetts.

For more information, contact Carol Connare at (413) 545-0995 or



Photo: Lorrey Bianchi, Chair of Campaign for the Libraries, and Chancellor Subbaswamy tour the Digital Media Lab (Ben Barnhart).


Last Edited: 13 May 2013