WUMB Radio kicked off its new Capital Campaign on August 11, 2010 with an amazing evening when great food, warm friendship, and iconic artists all came together in a wonderful Gala event to a sold-out crowd.
A three-course dinner plus dessert provided by MAX Ultimate Food started the evening. UMass President Jack Wilson provided opening remarks with a reminder of how and why WUMB has been an important part of the fabric of the community for the past 28 years.
Local community leader Michael Curry presented General Manager Patricia Monteith with a citation from City of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino for her “over 40 years of dedication to the University of Massachusetts Boston and for lending a hand in the founding of WUMB radio.” Pat also received a Certificate of Appreciation from Ellie Tishler of the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, and was surprised by a rousing recognition of her 60th birthday by WUMB staff and Friends Council members!
UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley laid the foundation for understanding why it is important for everyone to share the responsibility for supporting WUMB's Capital Campaign. After a great introduction by WUMB's Dick Pleasants, local up-and-coming Blues/Gospel talent and WUMB Summer Acoustic Music Week student, Carolyn Waters amazed the audience with a few songs including a soulful rendition of T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday.”
UMass Boston Vice Chancellor Kathy Teehan then set the stage for a video about WUMB and its needs. The video was produced by DigiNovations, Concord, MA. You can view the video with one of two Media Players:
1) View the video here in Quicktime
2) View the video here in Windows Media Player
Tom Rush began his performance with a surprise for the audience by bringing guest performers and singer-songwriters David Buskin and Robin Batteau up on stage to accompany him on several songs. He ended with "Wasn't that a Mighty Storm," which had the whole room singing along. The pinnacle performance of the evening came from multi-Grammy award winner Judy Collins, whose vitality captured the audience as soon as she graced the stage with "Both Sides Now" and closed with "Somewhere over the Rainbow," a song made famous by Judy Garland - the artist she was named after.
Not only were hundreds of WUMB donors and friends in attendance, but nearly 200 faculty and staff from the University of Massachusetts were at hand to support the event including UMass President Jack Wilson, UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley and former campus Chancellor’s Michael Collins and David MacKenzie. Also in attendance was State Representative from the Fifteenth Middlesex District, Jay Kaufman.
Thanks to our sponsors: Boston Irish Reporter, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Judy Collins, M. Steinert & Sons Boston, Tiffany & Co. Boston, Tom Rush, UMass Boston Greenhouse (Jim Allen), UMass Boston Office of Enrollment Management, UMass Boston Office of University Advancement, University of Massachusetts Dining Club, Carolyn Waters, Wildflower Records, Kenny White.
A special thanks to the dozens of WUMB Staff and Friends who worked very hard for many months to make this event a tremendous success. Photos on this page provided by Jake Jacobson.
As the first initiative of the WUMB “Preserving the Past, Building the Future” Capital Campaign, the Gala was a huge success. With plans to raise $7 million over the next five years, the event was a great start, raising more than $75,000 through the purchase of tickets, and generous donations!
Judy Collins and Tom Rush performed at the WUMB Gala, and the two of them along with Singer-Songwriter Vance Gilbert will serve as co-chairs of the WUMB Capital Campaign. The station is looking to rebuild and relocate to new facilities, expand and improve its signal across New England, broaden its educational initiatives, digitize the station's archive collection, and build an endowment that will support the station for years to come.
We are excited to meet our campaign goal over the next five years, and we hope you will help us in this bold initiative. Contact WUMB General Manager Pat Monteith with questions. Around the end of August check back here for more details about WUMB's “Preserving the Past, Building the Future" Capital Campaign.
You can find a Flckr Photo page here from the Gala. More photos and video clips from the Gala will be available in about a week.