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A Sneak Peek at the 2019 Gala on May 18!

By May 10, 2019May 14th, 2019No Comments

I wanted to share a little window into all the amazing stuff for next Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm!  Join us!

You can buy tickets here. 

The Menu

catered by Round House Bakery Cafe

Assorted Hors d’oeuvres

Rainbow Salads

 ~A colorful array of vegetable, and grain salads~

Red – Beet/blood orange

Orange – Roasted orange vegetables – Carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow squash

Yellow– quinoa, yellow peppers, yellow squash, saffron, lemon, pine nuts

Green – Fresh local and wild greens and cucumbers with herb vinaigrette

Blue – Blueberry

Violet – purple potato salad

Sliced Ham

Chicken Marbella 

Celebration Chocolate Cake

Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Coffee – Tea

Plus Beer and Wine Throughout the Evening!


The Program

7pm – Doors Open – Open Bar and Assorted Hors d’oeuvres

7:30 pm – Performances by the Irish Dancers and the company of the hit Annie!

7:40 pm – A Paddle Raise in Support of Hubbard Hall Programs

8 pm – The Presentation of the 2019 Making Art and Community Happen Award

8:10 pm – Main Courses Served

10 pm – Evening Concludes


The Paddle Raise Prizes

Lot 1: Six Dinners for Two (or One for Twelve)  Enjoy some good food prepared by the extraordinary Bliss McIntosh, using fresh, local ingredients (with delicious desserts made by Elizabeth Ellard). This foodie package is a local favorite. You can opt to receive six dinners for two or one dinner for you and eleven of your closest friends. If you live within ten miles of Cambridge, the dinner(s) can be scheduled and delivered to your home at everyone’s convenience; for those outside that radius, pick-up arrangements are simple. Don’t miss out. Be sure to bid aggressively! Total value: $500

Lot 2: A Romantic Balloon Ride  Courtesy of Balloon NY, you and a guest will enjoy a beautiful balloon ride during the Cambridge Balloon Festival (or on the date of your choice), followed by a champagne toast. It’s an amazing event for that special anniversary, that beloved friendship or even for an impressive first date! Total value: $750

Lot 3: New York, New York: Rising Stars, Playwrights Horizons, and the Library Hotel  Escape to the City for some world-class entertainment, as well as hobnobbing with actors, playwrights, and artists! A lucky winner will receive two nights at the famed Library Hotel in New York City (June 18-20) and two tickets to the premiere of A Strange Loop, a daring new musical by rising star Michael R. Jackson, at Playwrights Horizons. In addition, you’ll sit in on a talk-back with three theater luminaries: Michael R. Jackson (writing and composer of A Strange Loop, who has received the 2019 Whiting Award, the 2017 Jonathan Larson Award, and many others), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Pulitzer Prize-winner and MacArthur “genius”), and Billy Porter (Tony Award-winner for Kinky Boots and Golden Globe-nominated star of Pose on FX). Afterward, you’re invited to an exclusive post-show reception at the West Bank Café (across the street), where you can meet the cast and creators, and enjoy some food and drink. Total value: $1,200

Lot 4: Explore Washington, DC: An Exclusive, Fun Weekend for Two!  Head to Washington, DC for an amazing weekend of theater, culture and VIP sightseeing. You and a guest will attend the exclusive, private Opening Night Performance of Arena Stage’s production the Broadway hit musical Newsies, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, on Wednesday, November 13, as well as the VIP post-show reception with the cast and creative team.  You’ll stay for three nights at the beautiful Holiday Inn Capitol Hotel, steps from the National Mall (November 13-15).   Throughout your stay, you’ll be treated to a tour of the U.S. Capitol and a private tour of the White House, and on Friday, after enjoying dinner at your leisure, you’ll be off to get a backstage tour of The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Harman Hall and to see Brandon Jacob-Jenkins’ new play Everybody. With your free time, explore museums throughout the downtown near your hotel, from the Spy Museum to the many free museums of the Smithsonian Institution. Finally, during your stay enjoy two tickets to the amazing Newseum (closing in 2020) to complete your cultural immersion! Total value: $2500

Auction Finale: Raise Your Paddle for Arts Education at Hubbard Hall  This is your chance to directly support Hubbard Hall’s art education program, which serves thousands of students each year (more than 8,500 hours of classes), including those you’ll see perform tonight. Raise your paddle to help us make art and community happen!

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