Music, silent and live auctions and…..football! Yes, that’s what happens when the Patriots are in a playoff game at the same time as the Hot Stove Cool Music event; held last Saturday at the Paradise in Boston. A delicate balance of music listening and TV watching was the challenge of the evening.
Glee actor Mike O’Malley was emcee of the event and absolutely hilarious. He was unbelievably skilled in getting people to hand over their money for a wonderful cause. There was also a silent auction that included some amazing items including autographed Red Sox baseballs, seats in the GM box and an autographed guitar.
T he Foundation To Be Named Later fundraiser featured performances by Grammy award-nominated Boston Native Susan Tedeschi, The Remains, Derek Trucks, and the Hot Stove All-Stars featuring Gammons, Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz, indie rocker Kay Hanley, J.Geils Band’s Seth Justman, and folk rocker Robin Lane .
Since the event’s inception in 2000, Hot Stove Cool Music events have raised more than $4 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later and the Jimmy Fund. Proceeds from the Foundation benefit the Peter Gammons College Scholarship fund and non-profit beneficiaries including BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), Citizen Schools, City Year Boston, The Home for Little Wanderers, Horizons for Homeless Children, Roxbury Youthworks, Steps to Success and West End House Boys & Girls Club.
Feeling a little jealous and wish you were at the event? It’s not too late to bid at the online auction and be part of a great cause. See you next year!
Check out FoundationToBeNamedLater.org for more information and live auction. Auction ends February 8th.