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Advocates 4th Annual Gala: There's No Place Like Home



Our 4th Annual Gala is going virtual this year! We will hold our big, exciting gala online on November 19 – and also host a tentative, small, in-person sponsor pre-party on November 18. Whether you enjoy from the comfort of your own farm with Auntie Em or follow the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz, we hope you will join us.

Virtual Gala
Thursday, November 19, 2020
4:00 - 5:00 pm

What to Expect at a Virtual Gala
You may think it will be difficult to match the excitement of our past in-person galas, but we think you'll be wickedly surprised. We still have a fun program planned, goodies to enjoy at home, and lots of fun auction packages. Instead of a ballroom, you'll tune in online from your own home; and instead of celebrating into the night, this event will just last one impactful hour. Ahead of the event you will receive a link and instructions on how to participate. You will also receive a special package delivered to your home.

ASL Interpreters are confirmed for this event.



How would you like a weekend getaway in Maine? What about an autographed photo of "Big Papi" David Ortiz or an Xbox Rock Band bundle to keep your family entertained all winter long? There’s something for everyone in our silent auction–but you may have to outbid the Wicked Witch! Our silent auction is now open and will close on Thursday, November 19 at 5 p.m. Participating is a perfect way to kick off your holiday shopping and give back to Advocates at the same time.

View all auction items and start bidding at!

Featured Items!

Rock Your Socks Off

Your family will be entertained all winter with this Rock Band 4 system. This system allows players to simulate playing music across decades and genres using instrument controllers that mimic lead and bass guitar, drums, and vocals.

  • Xbox Rock Band Bundle
  • Xbox One S gaming system

David Ortiz Autographed “Boston Strong” Photograph

  • David Ortiz autographed photo from "This is Our City" speech in front of the flag from 2013.

Cozy on Up Right at Home

Stay warm while social distancing this winter with your brand new outdoor patio heater! The heater is a 480,000 BTU floor-standing bronze stainless steel umbrella heater and is 88.6” tall. You and your friends will be ready for some fun with these Harpoon goodies—a hat, t-shirt, and pint glasses to keep your spirits warm!

  • Eprosmin outdoor patio propane or butane or LPG gas heater
  • Harpoon Brewery gift bag with pint glasses, a t-shirt, hat, keychain, and koozie

Maine—the Way Life Should Be!

Pack up your new Timberland luggage set and get ready for a relaxing weekend away in beautiful Camden, Maine. The Hawthorn Inn is steps away from the harbor and is a short walk to the quaint village center.

  • 2-night stay for 2 at the Hawthorn Inn
  • Timberland duffle bag and backpack luggage set




Tickets sales are now closed!

For more information, please contact Diane Newark ( or Molly Gentilucci (

All funds raised through the Gala directly help more than 30,000 children and adults with autism, brain injuries, intellectual/developmental disabilities, or mental health challenges at Advocates.





Ruby Slippers Sponsor



Dorothy Sponsor

The Vinter Family


Over the Rainbow Sponsor


The Man Behind the Curtain Sponsors



W.B. Mason



Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh My! Sponsors




Yellow Brick Road Sponsors





The Kemp Family


Communications Access Sponsor



Wicked Sponsors



Linda Abrams, Realtor  

Beth Lacey



Wiz Sponsors















The Golden Family

The Weir Family