Join our Friends Council

About the Esplanade Association’s Friends Council:

The Friends Council is a group of emerging leaders dedicated to quality of life in Boston and iconic open spaces like the Esplanade. Friends Council members are passionate about the Esplanade Association’s work to revitalize, enhance, maintain, and program the Esplanade and socialize at a variety of networking and benefit events throughout the year.

Whether you’re a neighbor, run along the Charles each morning before work, take your favorite four-legged friend for their daily Esplanade walk, or relish the long summer evenings with your friends on the docks, the Friends Council is always looking for new members who treasure the Esplanade and want to share their enthusiasm with others.

Benefits of Joining Us:

• Invitations to networking events with fellow park lovers and socially-active Bostonians
• Invitations to join the Host Committees for select signature events, including the Summer Dock Party and Moondance After Dark
• Invitations to behind-the-scenes opportunities with the Esplanade Association
• Presale to signature events before they are available to the general public

How to Join

Interested in joining the Friends Council? Send an email to Kelsey Pramik at

Upcoming Events

  1. Virtual Wine Tasting – Michele Dow and Rachel Walters are hosting a Virtual Wine Tasting led by Alcove Boston on Thursday, December 10 at 7pm. A portion of all proceeds benefit the Esplanade. You can get the wine delivered if you live within 3 miles of Alcove or coordinate to pick up at the EA offices at 575 Boylston Street.
  2. Esplanade Explorer Activities Packet – enjoy hours of curated outdoor activities on the Esplanade! This is the perfect gift for the kids in your life. Co-hosted by Elizabeth Ross and Emerald Wong, this activity has also raised an fantastic $606 and counting for the Esplanade. Sign up to participate on your own time.
  3. Holiday Auction – Through Thursday, December 16 at 4:00pm you can bid to win incredible prizes, including Round-trip flights from JetBlue, an overnight stay at the Whitney Hotel, time in the Topgolf Swing Suite, and so much more. Place your bids here.

Friends Council Fall Giving Campaign:

The absence of the Esplanade Summer Dock Party and Moondance After Dark party has had a significant impact on the Esplanade Association’s revenue this year. These were two events made successful by the outreach and support of the Friends Council. In their absence, the Friends Council is striving to raise $10,000 by December 31 through donations, matching gifts, events, and more. 

Thank you to the following Friends Council members who have already pledged or given their support in 2020:

Ethan Abernathy
Michael Armstrong
Patricia Arroyo
Bahar Ayasli
Alison McRae & Douglas Badrigan
David Boudreau
Kara Brennan
Jen Brountas
Marshall Caldera
Ashley Casavant
Kirsten Dawson
Robin Doroff
Michele Dow
Abigail Fischer
Claire Koehler Forkner & Adam Forkner
Jessie Franco & Marc Savatsky
Laura Cappio & Riordan Frost
Greg Gordon
Alysha Griffiths
Kelsey Gross
A.J. Hernandez
Matthew Lane Ostrow
Christopher Kelley
Shannon & Aengus McAllister
Meg McClafferty
Katherine McCord & HarbourVest
Elyse Newman
Michael Nichols
Ashley Perkins
Kelsey & Michal Pramik
Christine Rhea
Marisa Roman
Harris Rosenheim
Elizabeth Ross & Emerald Wong
Jessica Roy
Carolina Säve-Natale & Bryan Natale
Noah Schlesinger
Charles Steinhauser
Melissa Sullivan
Donnie Todd & JetBlue
Emma Troller & Fort Point Associates
Nwakaego Uzoh
Rachel Walters
Kendra Stern Walton & Nate Walton
Thea Weitz