Mark Your Calendar for South Shore Health’s “Re-imagined" Annual Gala: Friday, October 16!

In what is sure to be one of the most talked about signature events on the South Shore this year, the 18th annual South Shore Health Moonlight & Miracles Gala will be a DRIVE-IN event hosted by radio and TV personality, Billy Costa.

“COVID-19 has certainly challenged us to think outside-the-box,” said Angela Floro, Director of Special Events and Annual Giving for South Shore Health’s Foundation. “This unique event will not disappoint. We are working hard to maintain the magic of this spectacular night while helping to support South Shore Health’s mission of delivering world-class care and resources to our community.”

Beginning at 6 PM on Friday, October 16, the Gala will include individually boxed dinners, a short program and music by the band Kahootz. While the program will be displayed on large screens next to a pop-up stage, it will also be live-streamed for attendees to watch and listen to via personal tablets or an FM radio station in their vehicle. To protect the health and safety of all attending, guests are encouraged to stay in their own cars. Masks are required for those who need to exit their vehicles. 

As part of South Shore Health’s Mission Critical: The Campaign for Our 2nd Century, funds raised from Gala will help integrate substance use disorder (SUD) and behavioral health services and initiatives within the Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore Health, a critical resource on the South Shore.

Driven by a magnanimous $10 million grant – given by John and Eilene Grayken of Cohasset – the Grayken Center has allowed South Shore Health to integrate Behavioral Health clinicians in its ambulatory sites; establish a rapid care treatment location for people with SUD; and launch a Mobile Integrated Health program which includes South Shore Hospital Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services working alongside local police and fire agencies.

The Grayken Center also supports South Shore Health’s collaboration with Aspire Health Alliance and supports South Shore Health’s strong relationship with the Office Based Addiction Treatment program at Boston Medical Center.

“So many people are touched by substance use disorders and behavioral health challenges, and too few receive the care they deserve,” said Christopher J. O’Connor, MBA, CFRE, Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President of External Affairs at South Shore Health. “This year’s Gala will continue to highlight the importance of integrating services and programs that will help patients and families faced with these challenges, and will ensure that treatment is accessible to anyone who needs it.”

While we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, support in these areas is needed now more than ever. Social distancing is critical for managing the spread of the virus, but isolation can have devastating effects on those that count on group support as they manage their behavioral health and long-term recovery from SUD.

Due to fixed parking capacity for the event, space is extremely limited. Don’t miss out! Confirm your sponsorship and reserve your spot today! For more information and to view NEW sponsorship benefits for this unique event, visit SouthShoreHealth.org/Gala or contact Angela Floro at (781) 624-8142, AFloro [at] southshorehealth.org ().