Bay Cove Changing Lives Gala

May 23, 2019

Renaissance Boston
Waterfront Hotel

Online ticket Sales for 2019 Changing Lives Gala has closed.

If you wish to attend, but haven’t yet purchased a ticket, please call (617) 371-3167

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Let’s celebrate the good in the world!


For 45 years we’ve been helping our most vulnerable neighbors.

This year, Bay Cove provided services through 175 programs for over 25,000 men, women, and children in Greater Boston & Southeastern Massachusetts facing challenges associated with developmental disabilities, mental illness, substance use disorders, homelessness, and aging.

The Changing Lives Gala is our one night every year we celebrate and toast to our collective success in changing lives.

Here’s a little of what’s in store for You on May 23rd…

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Susan Wornick, MC & Auctioneer

Back by popular demand, Boston icon, Master of Ceremonies, and Auctioneer Extraordinaire Susan Wornick is gonna make sure we all have a good time.

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Lydia Shire, Celebrity Chef

You’ve read about Boston culinary legend Lydia Shire—on this night, she cooks for you!

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Live & Silent Auctions

Imagine an “adventure travel” vacation for two to Morocco! Or how about Chef Paul Wahlberg coming to your home as your private chef for an intimate dinner party of 10? Patriots tickets, anyone?

Cocktail Reception

Sip and mingle with big-hearted people during our cocktail hour and silent auction.


Heliotrope Swing Jazz Band

Enjoy the sweet sound of the acclaimed Heliotrope Swing Jazz Band accompanying your dinner 😎


Join us on this magical night where we will celebrate everyday human triumph.

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The Bay Cove Human Services Changing Lives Award

Michael & Kitty Dukakis


There are those among us who do their part to alleviate the stigma of mental illness and addiction—and then there are those who courageously shift the public conversation.

For their collective efforts and impact in shifting the public conversation about mental illness and addiction, we honor Michael & Kitty Dukakis as our 2019 Changing Lives heroes.

Author and social worker Kitty Dukakis is well known for her activism and her personal struggles with addiction and depression. Even while dealing with her own challenges, she worked tirelessly as an advocate for addiction help and mental health issues and as a champion to fight homelessness.

For his part, Kitty’s husband Michael Dukakis—three-term Massachusetts Governor and the 1988 Democratic nominee for president—did not let his political career dictate a “shrouded in secrecy” approach.

Instead, and together, Michael & Kitty chose to use their visibility and platform to evolve the public’s understanding and compassion for the very many among us who suffer secretly and to destigmatize getting help.


Here in Boston? We take care of each other.

At Bay Cove, we’re committed that no one facing tough challenges should have to struggle alone. Here’s a snapshot of a few incredible people.


Can’t attend?

You can still make an impact.

  • $10 buys a blanket for a person experiencing homelessness

  • $25 pays for infant formula for new mothers recovering from opioid addiction

  • $500 buys a tablet for a non-verbal person with developmental disabilities

  • $2,500 provides 12 months of therapeutic toddler care in our Early Intervention program


About Bay Cove

We help people live their best lives.

Each year, we help more than 25,000 men, women, and children in Southeastern Massachusetts thrive with major life challenges like:

  • mental illness,

  • developmental disabilities,

  • homelessness

  • substance use disorders, and

  • difficulties associated with aging.

If you or someone you know has struggled with one of these issues, then you know how hard they can be to face alone.

At Bay Cove, we know that everyone has their own unique set of dreams and goals and the potential to achieve them.

We’ve been quietly doing good work for over 40 years in the Boston area—and with your help, we’re ready for 40 more.