The Friends of the Medford Family Network want to share a heartfelt thank you to everyone for coming out, donating and supporting the MFN with our 30th anniversary “Going Back To The 90’s: Where It All Began” fundraising gala!

We had over 175 guests attend the gala, lovely speeches were given and happy tears were shed, with the help of Megan and Clayton Jones, we surprised Marie Cassidy and her amazing staff with a flash mob dance, danced the night away, played keepie uppie, gave away almost 60 raffles prizes from local and national businesses, plus many from individuals – and together we smashed our goal and have raised almost $32,000 through ticket sales, donations, raffles & silent auctions.

The Gala has a long history moving through Medford from the former SpringStep, to City Hall, then on to Wright’s Pond – and this year we took it even further to the wonderful Elks Function Hall, but it has always been planned and run 100% by parent volunteers! Each year we make adjustments, introduce new things and make changes – and are always learning. We are aware of some glitches and apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We would love to get your feedback to improve and make adjustments to future events with this survey.

We want to express our deep gratitude to the following individuals and businesses who made our event a resounding success:

  • Simple Fare Catering: Their exceptional team at Simple Fare Catering played a vital role in our event’s success.
  • Pinky’s Pizza: We appreciate Pinky’s Pizza for their delicious late-night pizza contribution.
  • Hoffs Bakery and Edelweiss Patisserie: Their delectable desserts added a delightful touch to our event.
  • Marina Carlson from High Tide Events: Marina generously donated her time and expertise, allowing volunteers and parents to enjoy the evening.
  • Medford Grad Peter Accolla from NuImage: Peter created the perfect musical ambiance with NuImage.
  • Tracey Trello and the Team at Medford/Malden Elks: We want to thank them for their generous venue donation and countless support. You can contact them at Medford/Malden Elks.
  • Photographer Maryam Atta: Thank you so much for sharing you skills and time to document the evening through photography! We look forward to sharing those photos soon!
  • Our incredible team of FMFN Gala volunteers: Arianne Pniower, Nicole Lyon, Ada Gunning, Caroline Leaming, Sarah Lucas, Ashley Mercurio, Brittany Saia, Rebecca Fales, Emily Hartnett, Melissa Healey, Rebecca Emami and Daniel D’Agata – plus support from MFN Advisory Board members Nisha Shah Bishnoi, Alexis Davis, Lisa Kingsley and Cara Higgins. Your tireless efforts, passion, dedication, sincerity, thoughtfulness, and talents and so much more made tonight’s celebration possible.

We kindly request you to express your appreciation for these businesses by leaving reviews online or considering them for your future events and needs. Your support is invaluable and helps us continue our mission. Thank you!

We are excited to share that two bonuses for you as well! We received a new, last minute auction item for 2 tickets to Friday night’s Celtics game against the Brooklyn Nets. Perhaps you were eyeing the bag included as part of our Maine Getaway Package. The mother owned business has offered $50 off buy using promo code FMFN50 when purchasing a Breeze Bag.

We would love your involvement in future events put on by the FMFN and MFN, including next year’s gala. Many hands and heads will make for lighter work in planning this important community fundraising event. Please include your interest in the survey or follow up to this email!

Thank you for your shared support and love for the Medford Family Network! 

With gratitude,

Caroline Cohen
President, FMFN

Laura Leang
Treasurer, FMFN

Renee D’Agata
Sponsorships, FMFN

Marie Cassidy
Director, MFN

4 Good Vibes

Acupuncture Together

Amici’s

Amtrak

Amore Pizza & Kitchen

The Anchor (Charlestown)

The Bancroft

Barber Shop at Assembly Row

BebbaBeads

Bella Capelli Salon

Bistro 5

Bitter End

Black Hat Music Studio

Blue Ribbon

Boccellis

Boda Borg

Book Wonder

Boston Organics

Boston Red Sox

Breeze Bag

Buffalo Wild Wings (Burlington)

C.B. Scoops

Cape Air

Carey Glenn Smith

Chevalier Theatre

Christine’s Ice Cream, Shaved Ice, Candy & Sweet Shoppe

Colleen’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop

Corner Studio Yoga

CPDesigns

Discovery Museum

Rep. Paul Donato

Drinksonmv

Drumlin Farm

East Cambridge Savings Bank

Eddie V’s Burlington

Einsteins Workshop

El Vaquero Mexican Taqueria

Elements Massage

Emily E Jameson

Encore

Five Guys Station Landing

Flatbread’s/Saccos

For Pizza

The Ford Tavern

Foxwoods Resort & Casino

Friends of the Fells Camp

Friends of the Medford Public Library

Frostin in Boston

Goldfish Swim School

Goldilox Bagels

Grace McGathey

Groovy Baby Music

Hairs Karen

Hairspace Salon & Spa

Handmadebygacig

Henrietta’s Kitchen, Charles Hotel

The Herb Chambers Companies

Hoffs Bakery Company

Hugh O’Neil’s

ICA

Iggy’s Bread

Idle Hands Craft Ale

Jaxon Golf

Jamie Ritchie Home Organization

JRA Cycles

Kappy’s Liquors Inc

Kelly’s Roast Beef

Kidstock

Knucklebones

Lee Family

Legal on the Mystic

Little Flippers Swim School

Liv’s Juice + Acai Bar

Lola’s Coffee and More

LongCross Bar and Kitchen

Loving Little Minds

Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn

Magnificent Muffin and Bagel Shoppe

Matt Heaton

May Marquebreuck

Mea Quinn Mustrone

Michael & Sheila McGlynn

Medford Brewing

Medford Music Studio

Medford Police Department

Medford Recreation

Medford Square Florist

Medford/Malden Elks

Mucky Kids

Museum of Science

NE Patriots

New Hong Kong

Nick’s House of Pizza

Nicole Maria Photography

Nicole Morell

NuImage Entertainment

Off Shore Ale Company

Old Sturbridge Village

Pisa Pizza Malden

Pinis Pizza

Pinky’s Famous Pizza

Play Union

Porter Square Books

Proctor Ski & Board

Raso’s Bar and Grille

Real Gusto

REI

Roland’s Jewelry

Ronnie’s Place

Salt & Stone

Semolina Kitchen

Serenity in the City

Signature Nails Salon

Simple Fare

Snappy Patty’s

Southern Kin

SpaWish

Spaulding Outpatient Center

Starbucks, Station Landing

SwapIt

Swan Boats of Boston

Tamper Cafe

Thuy Nguyen Buonocore

Tony C’s Sports Bar

Town Line Luxury Lanes

Trader Joes Arlington

Tree House Brewery

Tree Top Adventures

Trove Green Provisions

Tufts Community Relations

The Village Playspace

Wachusetts Mountain Ski Area

Wegmans

The Wilbur

Howard & Heather Wolfe

Xtreme Craze

Yard House Burlington

Zoo New England

Our Awesome Sponsors

Howard and Heather Wolfe

May Marquebreuck

Emily E. Jameson

Michael & Sheila McGlynn

What is a gala anyways?

It’s a big, glitzy party or gathering, often characterized by formal attire and upscale entertainment – but in this case wear what makes you feel fabulous and ready for a fun night for an amazing cause!

I can't make it, how can I participate?

Feelin’ blue ’cause you can’t roll to the Gala? No sweat, you can still be part of the hype by being a part of the online auction! Score cool stuff like cruisin’ to school with the top cop, hittin’ the jackpot at Encore Casino, Birthday Parties, Cat Kid Comic Club, and a whole bunch of other rad goodies!

What does the ticket include?
  • Open bar including beer/wine/mixed drinks
  • Delcious vareity of appetizers and stations and hearty pasta options and rolls from Simple Fare, dessert from local bakeries, 90s Theme snacks and treats and late night pizza
  • Pro DJ for a fun night of dancing
  • While also raising money to help support the Medford Family Network for another 30 years!
What should I wear?

You’re totally welcome to rock that fly 90s gear or just strut your stuff in your favorite party threads. It’s all about the vibes, so come as you feel it! Check out these ideas!

Whether you can make it to the event or not we are excited to offer special edition shirts and gear for the occasion! Pick the style and size you like best. If you want to see kids shirts offered as well – let us know! You can choose to have them shipped to you directly for a small charge, but if you want to make sure to have them for the event, have them shipped to the MFN for free. Orders must be in Sunday, September 24th!

– plus a fun collaboration with a local business to help find fun outfits! 

Will childcare be available?

We are excited to share that Medford Rec has put together an affordable fun evening for the kids, offering a “Adults Night Out” program again this year for children while you’re at the Gala! Sign-ups begeing Oct 6th. Space is limited! 

Is the event wheelchair-friendly?

Unfortunately, the Elks Funciton isn’t wheelchair-friendly, but no worries! If you or anyone you know needs some extra help or accommodations, shoot us an email at info@friendsofthemfn.org, and our awesome crew of volunteers will make sure everyone can get in and out safely.

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