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About the Libraries » Giving to the Library » Dinner with Friends

Dinner with Friends

13th Annual Dinner with Friends
Saturday, March 28, 2015
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
6:30 p.m.

Join the publisher and editors of Merriam-Webster's Dictionary for

Unabridged: A Defining Moment

Champagne reception
Eric Bascom Jazz Trio
The Doo Wop Shop, a Capella Group
Silent Auction
Gourmet Dinner

Honored Guests from Merriam-Webster
Speaker Bios 

Each year, the Du Bois Library closes for one night to host the Dinner with Friends fundraiser.
The Dinner with Friends is the key fundraising event of the year for the UMass Amherst Libraries. 

This year, proceeds will support the Innovation Fund for underwriting the construction of a new 3D Printing Center

Tickets: $150 per person or $275 for two (of which $100 is tax deductible, $175 for two)

RSVP by Friday, March 20, 2015. Checks may be made out to UMass Amherst and mailed to:
Kim Fill, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst, 154 Hicks Way, Amherst MA 01003-9275

To pay by phone or for more information, call (413) 545-3974 or email

Invitation          Reply card



Pomegranate and Arugula Salad, served with Roasted Butternut Squash, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Maple Vinaigrette

Entrée choices

Thyme Roasted Atlantic Salmon, served with Baby Potatoes, Leek Fondue, Orange Braised Carrots,
Broccoli Rabe with Garlic, Tarragon Beurre Blanc

Fennel-rubbed Roast Beef Tenderloin, served with Caramelized Parsnips, Sautéed Spinach,
Fingerling Potato Confit, Walnut Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Shallot Red Wine Jus

Delicata Squash served with White Bean Ratatouille, Roasted Pepper Purée, Pesto Oil,
Herb Sautéed Zucchini,
Broccoli Rabe with Garlic, Balsamic Reduction
(Vegetarian and Gluten-Free)


Sampler Plate of Cheesecake with Fresh Berries, Flourless Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone Whipped Topping,
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Dinner with Friends "Alumni Speakers"

Jodi Picoult

Archer Mayor

Judson Hale, Sr.
Keith Stavely
Kathleen Fitzgerald

Roy Blount, Jr.
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Bernard A. Drew
Beth Krommes
Jacqueline Sheehan

Tony DiTerlizzi
Valerie Martin
Lloyd Schwartz

Carole O'Malley Gaunt
Ed Klekowski
Jane Yolen

Arthur Kinney
Charles C. Mann
Lesléa Newman

Norton Juster
Sabina Murray
Ilan Stavans

George Howe Colt
Anne Fadiman
Julius Lester
Hilary Price
Betty Rosbottom

Jeannine Atkins
Elinor Lipman
Ron Welburn
Barry Werth

Jane Isenberg
Bruce Watson
Dara Wier
Nancy Hope Wilson































Last Edited: 9 April 2015