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Fall Soirée Showcases Community Support for North End Music & Performing Arts Center

North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) recently held its 4th annual fall “Soirée on the Prado” surrounded by the positive energy of friends and supporters of the arts.

The celebration took place on the newly renovated doorsteps of the non-profit’s music studio at the Paul Revere Mall in Boston’s North End, with live entertainment under the canopy of trees and white lights.

Catered by Prezza, with craft beers provided by Boston Bottle, wine supplied by 90+ Cellars, and gelato & coffee by Caffé Pellicano, the evening featured live music from local New Orleans style musicians Rebecca Jean Smith & Friends, and special guest performances by NEMPAC students Dinero Jelley and Meghan Denenberg, and NEMPAC faculty Jack Byrne and Dan Raney. 

“We are truly grateful to and fortunate for the commitment of our neighbors, supporters, families and friends who join together to help us continue to enrich lives in our local neighborhoods through quality music education and arts programming,” – Sherri Snow, Executive Director at NEMPAC  

During the event, 56 keys were sold from the 88-key raffle with prizes that included an ENCORE Boston Casino Hotel Room, Disney World Passes, Celtics Suite, Boston Lyric Opera Tickets, Dinner at TABLE, Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets, Bruins Autographed Hockey Stick by the Whole Team, Lyric Stage Company Tickets, Tresca Restaurant Dinner, and Yoga Class & Music Instruction classes! Doug Bowen Flynn, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, led the crowd at the end of the night in a live call for donations to support planned programming for this year, which was heavily supported by the generous attendees.

All proceeds from this celebration supports NEMPAC’s mission to provide #MusicForAll as they expand their music education and performing arts in Boston’s North End, Charlestown and surrounding neighborhoods.

This annual Soirée was sponsored by Rafi Properties, 90+ Cellars, Boston Bottle, Prezza, and Caffe Pellicano. Adding political support were State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and State Senator Joe Boncore. Helping organize the mix and mingle were volunteer committee members Emilé Baker-Hassan, Dave Crocini, Melanie Crocini, Shannon Fitzgerald, Rose-Marie Gomez, MaryGaye Grizwin, Maryann Ligotti, Jennifer McGivern, and Dianne Royle.