Thanks to countless supporters, volunteers, and donors, our annual gala was a great succes. Held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Boston, the event featured something for everyone... delightful music, a luminescent honoree, and a rip-roaring live auction. When all was said and done, $115,000 was raised to continue the LSO's mission of healing through music, medicine, and service.
After a lovely cocktail hour and gathering with friends old and new, the LSO (led by Maestro Ronald Feldman) performed Vivaldi's stirring Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor with Maestro Feldman and Julie Reimann, M.D. serving as soloists. It was a perfect start to the evening.
After a delicious dinner, Lisa M. Wong, M.D. (LSO Past President) took to the stage to shine a light on the Healing Art of Music and introduce our 2017 Community Champion, Susan Pauker, M.D. A violinist and past board chair, Sue's involvement with the LSO spans nearly 30 years; she's also one of the founders of the Healing Art of Music Program. It was a beautiful moment as Sue was presented with a bouquet of flowers and her very own Longwood Symphony personalized chair!
To cap off the evening, Ailie Byers and Steve Scofield of Alpenglow Benefit Auctions led us on a wild ride through seven amazing items. There was cheering, laughter, and a few tense moments as bidders stared one another down to get one of the prized experiences.
A special thanks goes out to the LSO Board, the 2017 Gala Committee, and the LSO Members for a splendidly exceptional evening. It was a true team effort!