2nd Annual BACC Black Tie Gala Benefit a Huge Success!
January 31, 2018
On Saturday, January 20th, the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Black Tie Gala Benefit at the Café Escadrille, presented by Herb Chambers of Burlington. The sold out event raised more than $32,000 for the eight organizations that make up the BACC’s Charitable Partnership Program. The beneficiaries included: Neurofibromatosis Northeast, HELPIS, The Skate for the 22 Foundation, The Burlington Education Foundation, Burlington Youth & Family Services, The UDT-SEAL Association, Relay for Life of Burlington, and Nashoba Learning Group. BACC President Rick Parker explained, “We formed the Charitable Partnership Program to be the conduit between business and the charitable organizations that support our community. We want to call special attention to those businesses and organizations that support this event. We strongly encourage people to utilize these local businesses, knowing that a portion of your purchases go straight back to helping our community."
The Presenting Sponsor of the evening, Herb Chambers Companies, exemplified Parker’s statement. In his sponsor remarks, CEO Alan McLaren stated, “We talked about social responsibility, and the importance of giving back to the community; I think it’s fantastic the way that the BACC is supporting these 8 charities here tonight. It fits really well with the values we have as a company, and it very much is the right thing to do.” McLaren also attributed the positive nature of the town to the guests: “It strikes me that the real reason Burlington is such a good place to live and do business in is because of people like all of you in the room here tonight… and the dedication and support provided by the BACC… working together to improve life for everybody in the community. We appreciate being a part of this great team.”
The night began with a cocktail hour in the beautiful Courtyard function room and Parlor at the Café Escadrille, where the exquisitely dressed guests mingled and enjoyed a variety of appetizers and refreshments. Following the sponsor VIP toast, the Grand Ballroom doors opened to officially begin the celebration. Guests were treated to a delicious dinner and a brief presentation, that detailed each charity’s mission and accomplishments. The evening was capped off with hours of dancing.
During her sponsor introduction speech, BACC Co-Chair Sonia Rollins praised the Burlington business community for “stepping up to the plate every time” when asked to participate in charitable endeavors such as this one, and reminded the crowd of the importance of the “joint effort between the residents and the commercial base” when attempting to better the community. The beneficiaries were impressed with this effort as well. Bobby Colliton, founder of the Skate for the 22 Foundation, claimed the event was “absolutely amazing”, and that it “gave us such exposure as a foundation that we had not been able to achieve on our own yet to this point. As a Burlington resident, I am happy that something like (the BACC) exists to showcase the amazing things that we have here.”
The BACC would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all sponsors of the Black Tie Gala, without whom the event would not have been possible: Herb Chambers Companies, Riemer & Braunstein, Lahey Health, The District Burlington, Café Escadrille, AFC Urgent Care Burlington, Boston Marriott Burlington, North Shore Bank, Webster Bank, Foster Sullivan Insurance Group, and Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group.
Photos courtesy of Michelle Gibbons Photography. Click here to view full album.
Video coverage by BCAT. Click here to view.
Katie O'Connor, Marketing Associate