A Totally Awesome Time!
On September 17, 2022 we held our much anticipated, fully in-person, 80’s Night gala! The evening was a flashback hit with special appearances by Brett Michaels, George Michael, the Ghostbusters, Where’s Waldo, Jareth from 'Labyrinth', MC Hammer and a variety of prom queens.
Hairspray and bright colors were in full effect as 230 attendees danced the night away to the Capabilities song list including… Thriller, Billie Jean, I'm Still Standing, Footloose, Walking on Sunshine and Love Shack by the B52s. The band also threw in the classic “Can't Fight This Feeling” and channeled their inner REO Speedwagon for a memorable slow dance.
While the theme of the evening was 80’s the hallmark of the event was coming together to celebrate community. As gala festivities got underway guests were treated to a video from BHMA participants highlighting what being a part of the BHMA community means to them. Alex Mody’s thoughts were echoed throughout the video when he said “I feel accepted at BHMA and I feel happy to be a part of this community.”
The continued success of BHMA would not be possible without the generosity of our volunteers and donors. A special thank you to returning gala co-chairs, Kay Bernon and Karen Phillips, and our planning committee members Patti Connor, Veronica Heath, Mona Jomaa, Sharon Libera, Susanna Peyton, Mary Richardson, Lori Swartz and Laura Wernick.
To our donors and community partners we send a huge thank you for continuing to share in our mission of providing skill building opportunities in a music filled environment to our participants. Your generosity and support will continue to allow BHMA to stay true to our mission and ensure that we are around for future participants. A special shout out to our top sponsors this year: Kay & Peter Bernon, Frank and Patti Connor, Mona Jomaa, Bill O'Neill & Mary Richardson, Susanna Peyton, Ann & Steven Davis, Phillips Insurance Agency Inc. and PeoplesBank. As Matt Banister, Senior VP of Marketing and Corporate Responsibility, at PeoplesBank commented “it’s great when the community comes together to support good causes and BHMA is nothing short of a good cause.” We thank all our friends, families, and community members for their ongoing support!
We are excited to share that our 2023 gala will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2023! Save the date for another evening of celebration, music and dancing.