Barry University's 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash
Hosted by NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal
 
Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean with Barry University’s mascot Bucky the Buccaneer

It was a charmed night of friends, supporters, alumni and –yes!- celebrities as Barry University celebrated its 75th Anniversary on October 3rd with the Barry Birthday Bash. Soho Studios in Wynwood was transformed into the elegant Club Barry, a supper club evoking the days of the university’s founding in 1940. With student volunteers dressed in retro-chic, ‘40s inspired costumes; guests arrived walking on red carpets, past vintage cars. Inside, the scene was set with long features and glistening chandeliers, as guests we met with a trio of musicians who played from above the bar during the cocktail reception.

Alumni and Barry supporter Dr. Shaquille O’Neal hosted the evening, inviting guests from the cocktail into the supper club for dinner, music and a lot of dancing. The evening's festivities were in large part thanks to Bank of America, a major sponsor of the event. Throughout the evening, the musical arrangements and entertainment were produced by Grammy Award winning soul and R&B singer-songwriter Betty Wright. Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, President of Barry, welcomed guests and blessed the event with an invocation; followed by a call for guests to purchase “victory bonds” to help donate towards the university’s scholarship program.

As the music transported guests through the decades of Barry’s history, guests took to the three dance floors between courses to shimmy and shake – enjoying every minute of the entertainment. Shaq joined in on the conga line with Barry’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs, Sara B. Herald as it made its way through the tables.

The night was capped off by with a brilliant performance by Wyclef Jean who sang songs from his days as a member of the group The Fugees to his illustrious solo career and memorable cover songs. The Grammy Award winner moved between playing the guitar, drums and piano as he kept the crowd singing along. One of the most unforgettable moments of the night came as Wycelf invited Shaq to sing along and the two began their own rendition of The Temptations’ classic, “My Girl.”

Guests left with photo booth keepsakes and donuts in-hand and smiles on their faces as the evening wound down. All-in-all, it was a marvelous event that helped raise funds for Barry University’s future achievements and students.



Basketball legend, entertainer and Barry University alumni Shaquille O’Neal

Gordon Myers, Dr. Jean F. Ross and Rodney C. Walters with The Garner Foundation celebrate

Norma Jean Abraham of the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, with Barry University mascot Bucky the Buccaneer


Singer Coco Simone performs

Coco Simone along with Shaquille O’Neal and Sister Linda Bevilacqua


Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD

Caridad Stobs and Shaquille

Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean


Singers Ashley Williams, Ashley McIntosh and Jalisa Faye-Graham perform

Basketball legend, entertainer and Barry University alumni Shaquille O’Neal


Barry University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs Sara B. Herald and Shaquille O’Neal

Barry University student leaders Sheila Perez, Joshua Prause (Resident Assistant), Vanessa Scretchen (Resident Assistant) and Lavelle Dunn (Student Government President)


Barry University staff, Wendy Villeta Barry, student Sheila Perez, Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua OP, PhD, and her sister Olivia Bevilacqua dance through the decades

Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean and Shaquille O’Neal


Singer Alex Harris performs on stage with a friend of Barry University.

Friends of The Brunetti Foundation pose for a photo with Shaquille O’Neal


Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean

Barry University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs Sara B. Herald and Shaquille O’Neal, along with Wendy Bolz,


Wyclef Jean and Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal and Barry University Stamps Scholars (left to right) Khalil Denson, Cesar Asadi, Victoria Hoelscher, and Rebecca Leppert


Wyclef Jean, Shaquille O’Neal and Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD

Shaquille O’Neal and fiancée Laticia Rolle


Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean

Grammy Award winners Wyclef Jean and Betty Wright


Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean