Special to the Regional Review
North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) celebrated its fourth annual fall “Soirée on the Prado” warmly surrounded by friends and supporters of the arts during a gorgeous evening. The event took place on the newly renovated Paul Revere Mall in Boston’s North End, right outside non-profit’s music studio, with live entertainment under the canopy of trees and white lights.
“We are truly grateful to and fortunate for the commitment of our neighbors, supporters, families and friends who join together to help us continue to enrich lives in our local neighborhoods through quality music education and arts programming,” said Sherri Snow, Executive Director at NEMPAC.
The evening featured live music from local New Orleans style musicians Rebecca Jean Smith & Friends, and a special guest performances by NEMPAC students Dinero Jelley and Meghan Denenberg and NEMPAC faculty Jack Byrne and Dan Raney, and was catered by Prezza, with craft beers provided by Boston Bottle, wine supplied by 90+ Cellars, gelato and coffee by Caffé Pellicano.
As part of the evening, 56 keys were sold from the 88-key raffle with prizes that included an ENCORE Boston Casino Hotel Room, Disney World Passes, Celtics Suite, Boston Lyric Opera Tickets, Dinner at TABLE, Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets, Bruins Autographed Hockey Stick by the Whole Team, Lyric Stage Company Tickets, Tresca Restaurant Dinner, and Yoga Class and Music Instruction classes! Doug Bowen Flynn, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, led the crowd in a live call for donations to support planned programming for this year which was heavily supported by the generous attendees.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit NEMPAC’s mission to provide #MusicForAll as they expand their music education and performing arts in Boston’s North End, Charlestown and surrounding neighborhoods.
This annual Soirée was sponsored by Rafi Properties, 90+ Cellars, Boston Bottle, Prezza, and Caffe Pellicano. Adding political support were State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and State Sen. Joe Boncore. Helping organize the event were community volunteer committee members Emilé Baker-Hassan, Dave Crocini, Melanie Crocini, Shannon Fitzgerald, Rose-Marie Gomez, MaryGaye Grizwin, Maryann Ligotti, Jennifer McGivern, and Dianne Royle.