HCA’s annual gala heads online Nov. 14

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Mad Marj
Internationally renowned DJ Mad Marj will spin dance tunes during the HCA’s online gala, Art Lights the Night. PHOTO/DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN

While some may think there’s not much to celebrate these days, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts says otherwise. On Nov. 14, the HCA staff wants friends and families to put their dancing shoes on and get ready to “par-tay” with a festive evening of virtual performances, classes, great music and more.

Art Lights the Night is the theme of this year’s gala, and the virtual celebration promises to be a great time to enjoy an evening of fun and support the HCA.

The gala has three levels of participation that includes a free Stage Pass, a $25 Luminary Package, or the VIP Gala Package for $1,000. The Stage Pass provides access to the entire event, while the other funded levels come with additional perks.

No matter what level of participation is chosen, everyone will have access to internationally renowned DJ Mad Marj (Marjorie Gubelmann), who will be spinning lively tunes that will have everyone dancing. Mad Marj is the house DJ for “The Today Show” and has opened for Cardi B, Katy Perry and Mary J. Blige.

“She’s really, really fun and high energy. She spins great, eclectic dance music from all eras,” said HCA co-executive director Kris Waldman.

By simply registering for free, family and friends will also have access to a virtual mixology class to concoct a signature drink for the evening, a cooking class and a family activity for the gala.

For those who choose the $25 Luminary Package, participants will have access not only to the mixology and cooking classes and family activity but also a virtual swag bag with discounts from area businesses and restaurants. Additionally, participants will receive four luminaries and candles to be displayed outside their home.

The $1,000 VIP Package has an exceptional evening lined up for up to 10 people in a pod.

Kick off the evening at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-gala cocktail reception that includes a meet and greet with HCA staff and a surprise guest or two. In addition, Proseco/sparkling wine and dessert will be provided to 10 people.

Other perks include a package of hand-painted cards created by HCA founder Sandra Delbridge, an Arts in Bloom floral “arrangement” photo to display during the festivities, and direct emails of gala sneak-peak previews.

VIP registrants also receive the mixology and cooking classes and family activity, the virtual swag bag, and the luminaries and candles for display.

With the exception of the VIP pre-gala cocktail reception, the gala kicks off for all attendees at 7 p.m. with performances to watch virtually, including Tony-nominated actor Jere Shea and Grammy-nominated songwriter David Jeremiah.

A silent auction related to the gala will begin Nov. 8 at 8 a.m. and continue through Nov. 15 until 6 p.m. Items up for auction include tickets to see Stephen Colbert, an overnight stay at a lighthouse and the opportunity to be the lighthouse keeper, a two-night stay at the Cliff House in Maine, and more.

All money raised from the gala will help continue the HCA’s mission of making the arts accessible and affordable to everyone, which has been quite challenging due to the pandemic. More information and registration can be found at hopartscenter.org.

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