Perkins Possibilities Gala

Confetti releases over crowd while students sing on stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama

Due to an abundance of caution around the Coronavirus, we have postponed this event.

2020 Perkins Possibilities Gala

Thanks to your support, the Perkins Possibilities Gala has become an annual highlight of our calendar. Your thoughtfulness has made it the very best of Perkins--a gathering that joyfully brings together the Perkins community and serves as an important source of revenue each year. We are disappointed we can’t meet in person this year but hope we can still count on your help.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the needs of our children continue, and, because of your generosity, so does their education. For example, teachers in the Infant-Toddler Program are using teleservice visits to provide our youngest learners with early intervention, remote instruction, and online family support groups. But we must ensure we can adapt now as well as strengthen students’ skills during the weeks and months ahead.

Recognizing critical operating funds lost by not hosting a 2020 Gala, Kevin Bright and I have donated $200,000 in a matching gift challenge to help replace this loss. I hope you will join us in supporting the continuation of Perkins’ mission.

Although we cannot come together “under the tent,” we can enjoy this reel of highlights from previous Galas. Please stay in touch, and stay well.

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May 1, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
United States
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
2019 Gala Highlights

Recap of the Night »


Corinne Basler, Chair, Perkins Board of Trustees
Kevin Bright, Producer
Les Hiscoe, CEO, Shawmut Design and Construction

Stephanie Andrews & Marc White, Jr.; Neal Balkowitsch & Donald Nelson; Lynn & John C. Bogle, Jr.; Claudia Bright; Terri Healey Brogan; Andrea Brooks; Ami Cipolla & Steve Samuels; Barbara & Frederic M. Clifford; RoAnn Costin; Linda & Thomas DiBenedetto; Susan & John Doran; Maureen & Joseph Fico; Courtney & Michael Forrester; Mona & Abdul N. Jomaa; Jill & Stephen Karp; Carl Martignetti; Oswald Mondejar; Kathy & Joe O’Donnell; Kim & Greg Pappas; Laura & Geoff Rehnert; Gwenn & Mark Snider; Katherine Chapman Stemberg; Antonia & Fred von Gottberg; Simone & Ted Winston


HOPE — $100,000
Corinne Basler

TRANSFORM — $50,000
Claudia & Kevin Bright; Sandy & Paul Edgerley

Shawmut Design and Construction

INNOVATE — $25,000
Adage Capital Management, L.P. ; Karp Family Foundation- Stephen, Jill, Jana, Douglass and Kyle; Ami Cipolla & Steve Samuels; Katherine Chapman Stemberg; Triumvirate Environmental Inc., Tufts Health Plan

DISCOVER — $15,000
Simone & Ted Winston/ Winston Flowers

TEACH — $10,000
Anonymous; Bent Electrical; Brookline Bank; Cabot Corporation; Barbara & Fred Clifford; Stephanie & John Connaughton; RoAnn Costin; Susan & John Doran; Donna & Jim Down; Bernadette & Michael Feeney; Harvard Division of Continuing Education; Mona & Abdul N. Jomaa; Vaithehi Muttulingam & Bala Cumaresan; The O'Donnell Family; Kim & Greg Pappas; Sallyan & Steve Pelletier; Helene & Dave Power; Rotondi & Shaker Families; Soaring Hawk Meditation Center; The Flatley Company; Antonia & Fred von Gottberg

MENTOR — $5,000
A & A Window Products, Inc.; Aira; Alchemy Foundation; Stephanie C. Andrews & Marc A. White, Aira; Aon Construction Services Group; Athena Capital; Andrea Brooks; Bennett Electrical; Corporate Mechanical of New England; Courtney & Michael Forrester; Demoulas Foundation; Fiduciary Trust/ Tina & Randy Kinard; James W. Flett; Greenwood Industries; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Barbara & Amos Hostetter; Ipswich Bay Glass; KPMG LLP; Loomis Sayles & Company; Angela & Bill Lowell; MDS/ Miller Dyer Spears Inc.; Massachusetts Eye & Ear; Millwork One/ East Coast Interiors; Nutter; Jerry Perl – Cameco; Sharon & Howard Peterson; Quinn Bros. of Essex, Inc. ; Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Watertown; Gwenn & Mark Snider; Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; TD Bank; TG Gallagher; Sandra Urie & Frank Herron; USI Insurance Services; VHB; Wayne Griffin Electric; W.B. Mason Company


Diana Barton; Be Our Guest; Boston Properties; Design Collaborative; Emerald Graphics; The Kraft Group; Martignetti Companies; Maverick Productions, LLC ; MAX Ultimate Food; Peak Event Services; Port Lighting Systems; Sean Tracey Associates; Thistle Communications; Watertown Police Department; Winston Flowers

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For more information, contact Emily Goodman at 617-972-7583 or

Event Date: 
May 1, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
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