The Esplanade Association hosted our annual Moondance Gala fundraiser on Saturday, September 24. It was truly an amazing evening for the park, as well as a fantastic celebration for the Esplanade Association as we celebrated 15 years of making life better on the Esplanade.
The Moondance Gala is our organization’s largest fundraiser and is so vital to supporting the work that we do in the park. This year, thanks to our supporters, we raised over $900,000 for the Esplanade!
We were so grateful to be surrounded by friends, long-time advocates and new supporters – all committed to caring for and improving the Charles River Esplanade. We would like to extend a special thanks to this year’s Moondance Co-Chairs, Lori and Matthew Sidman as well as all who served on the Moondance Gala committee.
The theme of this year’s Moondance Gala was Back to Our Roots. To carry this theme into the park, the plants and trees used to decorate the tents this year will be planted in the Esplanade following the event. With the tents looking out onto the park, the amazing decor, and the fantastic group of supporters, it was truly an unforgettable night.
While paying tribute to the Esplanade Association’s founding friends, Executive Director, Tani Marinovich quoted President Teddy Roosevelt:
“We are not building this country of ours for a day. It is to last through the ages. Any generation fit to do its work must work for the future, for the people of the future, as well as for itself.”
This year proceeds from the evening will help to fund new initiatives including the restoration of the historic Lotta Fountain, the introduction of a Wayfinding Signage System, the development of a long term maintenance and succession plan for the park’s over 1,700 trees, and the beginning of the process to restore the Lee Pool area.
The support of our sponsors, in-kind donors, members of the Event Committee, Board of Directors, and guests – will ensure that the Esplanade continues to enrich the community and all of our lives for generations to come. We thank all of our supporters for joining us in making life better on the Esplanade.