The 2019 Changing Lives Gala Was Truly A Night to Remember!

It was a very special evening for Bay Cove and close to 300 of the agency's staff, friends and supporters who gathered together May 23 for our annual Changing Lives Gala.

The event at the beautiful Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel was an inspiring celebration of the men, women and children served everyday by Bay Cove, and raised close to $300,000 to support our programs and services. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and live jazz from Heliotrope Swing, took part in a silent auction filled with amazing and unique items and experiences, and were then treated to a wonderful and exotic dinner of Asian-inspired dinner created by our special guest chef, Lydia Shire.

Our emcee and auctioneer extraordinaire Susan Wornick delighted the crowd, as always, as she conducted a truly spirited live auction. And the highpoint of the evening was the presentation of Bay Cove's Changing Lives Award to Michael and Kitty Dukakis. All of us at Bay Cove were so proud to honor Massachusetts' former Governor and First Lady for their decades of steadfast leadership in the fight against the marginalization and stigmatization of individuals impacted by mental illness and substance use disorder

We offer our profound thanks to everyone who made the evening such a special one, including Lydia and her partner in culinary mastery, Simon Restrepo; our dear friend, Susan Wornick; our inspiring guest speaker, Joe Spinale; our wonderful honorees, Michael and Kitty Dukakis; all our generous event sponsors, led by Presenting Sponsors Liberty Mutual Insurance; our volunteers and staff who made the event run so smoothly; and, of course, all our guests who shared the evening with us and made the celebration complete.

A number of photos from the Gala can be found on our Facebook page, with more being added in the days to come, so be sure to check them out!

We look forward to seeing everyone again for the 2020 Changing Lives Gala!

Josh Wardrop