“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
Last Thursday evening, City Year Boston hosted its annual benefit gala, Starry Starry Night, at the Westin Boston Waterfront. A concept that started out as a small dinner fundraiser hosted by a group of friends in a backyard, Starry Starry Night has evolved into one of the city’s premiere events to support City Year and its Boston corps members.
From a grand entrance of all 144 corps members into the ballroom, dancing to the Jackson Five’s “ABC,” presentations by several corps members, a Keynote Address by David Gergen, a testimonial by Principal Virginia Chalmers of the Young Achievers School, and a heartfelt personal testimonial delivered by corps members Blair Pippins —the evening became one of those moments where we were able to share with everyone inside that room that we were proud of the service, stories and over 250,000 hours that we have provided for over 5,000 children in Boston’s public schools.
As I stood there listening to senior corps member Matt Comeau deliver a rousing address to us about our opening induction ceremony last October and reminding us that in 14 days, we graduate—it finally sunk in. Not the fact that my first year of service is about to end, but that (as I looked out into the crowd filled with special guests, sponsors and supports) — people will always care about the educational future of a child.
Call it cheesy if you may, but that night, from Matt to Blair to all the corps members exiting (and dancing) out to the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” I think we all shined as brightly as ever.
It’s for the kids,” said a fellow corps member.