More than 700 champions will celebrate the City Year Boston community and its efforts to advance student achievement at annual gala

BOSTON, Mass. (May 3, 2017) – City Year Boston will welcome more than 700 guests to the Westin Waterfront Hotel on Thursday, May 25th for Starry Night, the education nonprofit’s annual celebration of its AmeriCorps members and champions and their collective service to the students of Boston. Now in its 20th year, the gala will recognize the diverse, multigenerational community that powers City Year Boston and makes it possible for AmeriCorps members to serve as critical tutors and mentors for students in 21 Boston Public Schools (BPS).

The program will include presentations from BPS students from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, as well as BPS alumni who are now City Year Boston AmeriCorps members. They will highlight the impact that mentors have played in their lives and how the City Year community has contributed to their personal success.

WHAT: City Year Boston’s 2017 Starry Night, Celebrating Community

WHEN: Thursday, May 25, 2017
6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception
7:30 p.m. Program and call for support

WHERE: Westin Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210


  • Students from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Dorchester
  • Sandra Lopez Burke, Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Boston
  • Jonathan Lavine, Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital; Chair, City Year Inc. National Board of Trustees
  • Sandy Fonseca-Lopes and Shelby Lindsey-Vaughn; City Year Boston AmeriCorps members, graduates of the Boston Public Schools
  • Mercedes McCurdy, City Year AmeriCorps alumna; Manager of Talent, uAspire

The presenting sponsor of City Year Boston’s gala is Bain Capital. In Boston, Bain Capital sponsors two City Year teams, one at the Blackstone Innovation School in the South End and another at the Henry Grew Elementary School in Hyde Park. Since City Year’s inception, Bain Capital and its employees have supported the organization with more than $40 million in financial contributions and hundreds of volunteer hours by the firm’s employees.

Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception, seated dinner and program, and dancing. They also will be able to engage in mini service projects to benefit BPS outdoor classrooms.

For Press: Members of the media should RSVP by 4pm on Wednesday, May 24 to secure access to the event. Please present press credentials upon arrival at registration. For any technical questions or logistics information, please contact Colleen Flynn, Communications Director,

For a full list of sponsors and committee members, additional sponsorship information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Starry Night website.

Photos from last year’s event featuring Arianna Huffington can be found on City Year’s Flickr.

About City Year Boston:

This year, City Year Boston has recruited, trained, and deployed 265 AmeriCorps members into service in 21 schools across the Boston Public Schools (BPS) where they reach more than 10,000 students every day and will collectively serve more than 450,000 hours over the academic year. For more information, go to:

About City Year:

City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year partners with public schools in 28 urban communities across the U.S. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serve full-time in schools, providing high-impact student, classroom, and school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is made possible by support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals.