On the evening of Thursday, September 24, 200 guests from across the country logged in to watch BHMA's Come Together Virtual Party. They gathered with friends at outdoor viewing parties, or tuned in with family from the comfort of their homes to bid in the auction and enjoy the show. The event's online format, a shift from our annual on-campus gala due to the coronavirus pandemic, provided a new way for attendees to experience our mission, even from afar.
Combining live and pre-recorded portions, the program was emceed by award-winning television anchor and reporter Liz Brunner. She introduced longtime BHMA supporters Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, and spoke with Executive Director Michelle Theroux. BHMA musicians were the focal point of the night––performing "Gotta Be Me" by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, "Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock, and "Blue Bossa" by Kenny Dorham. They also joined forces with singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor for the song "All Together Now" by the Beatles, and sang alongside Brynn Cartelli, winner of season 14 of NBC's The Voice, singer/songwriter under Elektra Records, and Longmeadow native, for the title track "Come Together." See video below.
Support for our program is more critical now than ever before, and because of the generosity of our donors, we were able to raise over $250,000. These funds will help us deliver quality virtual learning for our individuals who are unable to attend in person, and provide a safe environment for those on campus. Top sponsors of the event include Come Together Presenter: Kay & Peter Bernon, Frank & Patti Connor, All Together Director: Bonnie & Donald Dwares, Judy & Mike Van Handel, Lauren & Bob Steers, Together Forever Musicians: AE Events, John Campbell & Susanna Peyton, Kevin & Claudine Curran, The Heath Family Fund, Jomaa Family Foundation, Joseph Freedman Company, Rosemary & Justin McCormack, PeoplesBank, Phillips Insurance Agency, Webber & Grinnell Insurance, and Laura & Kenneth Wernick.
BHMA Musicians & Brynn Cartelli Perform "Come Together"
Highlights from the Virtual Photo Booth