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Special Events


On Saturday May 7, 2016, Celebrity Series held its SHINE! Gala, a glittering evening conceived and designed by Rafanelli Events at the Castle at Park Plaza. About 250 guests attended this black-tie event full of dramatic surprises.

A big thank you to everyone who supported this event, especially co-chairs Leslie & Howard Appleby, Amy & Joshua Boger and Donna & Mike Egan. Thanks to you, Celebrity Series raised over $550,000 for its performance and community programs.

We invite you to enjoy select photos from the evening below, or you can browse our full image gallery to see a collection of snapshots from the affair.

All photos by Robert Torres. / Shine! Gala video: Kristin Otharsson /3-minute Gala video: GJ Nelson.

Event Highlights

Entering thru a “shiny” alleyway, guests were welcomed to a cocktail reception that culminated with flute beatboxing by Annie Wu.534A9647534A9334

In the second act of the evening, Jessica Lang Dance gave a riveting surprise performance featuring “The Calling” and excerpts from “White” and “i.n.k.”  See this talented company in its Boston debut January 27 & 28, as part of our main stage season.

We then shared this 3-minute video to tell our story. Check it out or watch it again!

Guests then enjoyed a gourmet dinner, courtesy of The Catered Affair. With the help of cheerleaders, Board Chair Joshua Boger and Executive Director Gary Dunning led a rousing Paddle Auction that garnered the most participation from guests in the Series’ history.

The evening ended with guests lighting up the dance floor during a lively after-party with Puerto Rican band Plena Libre.

Save the Date! Plans are already underway for next year’s affair, taking place on Saturday, April 8, 2017. To reserve a seat, please contact Melody Pao at 617-598-3232.

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