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The Virtual Gala

Thank you for supporting
Riverside’s Virtual Gala & Auction!
A Celebration of Connection, Resilience, and Hope


Thanks to you, we raised more than $230,000 for our child behavioral health and family services.

Here are  a few highlights from our program on May 1st, 2021

“Riverside is always there, rock steady, to support members of our community in myriads of ways in times of need. I have such a deep admiration for Riverside, and this admiration stems from my direct experience over many years, seeing the wonderful services they have been able to provide for so many of my patients.”

-Greg Hagan, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at Cambridge Health Alliance, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Virtual Gala Honoree

“I am
very excited to have had the opportunity to be with everyone tonight virtually. I have a lot of respect for the services that Riverside has provided, and the individual attention they have given to respecting the needs of my daughter as well as myself. I am very grateful for the Riverside program.”

-Penny, whose family receives services from Riverside

“You won’t play just like anybody else. And nobody else will play just like you. You just do what you can do, and you pass it on.”

-Kemp Harris, storyteller, musician, and activist, playing “Harmonica Boy”

“Thank you, Penny, for sharing your heartfelt story about your relationship with Riverside. It reminds me how good it makes me feel to support this organization, that in turn provides such important support to families.”

-Elizabeth Clark Libert, who chaired the Gala Committee along with Pete Coté and Scott Furlong

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About Riverside’s Virtual Gala

It has been quite a year! Riverside has transformed and expanded our behavioral health and family services to meet the needs of thousands of children and families in the Cambridge and Somerville area who depend on us. We couldn’t have done it without you!

It’s clear that the need for our services is growing as the emotional toll of the pandemic comes into focus. But you give us – and our community – hope.

The beautiful banner image for the event, designed by Gala Committee member Mary O’Reilly, portrays this hope – and the connections we maintain and strengthen even while physically apart. Through your generosity, Riverside will remain strong to serve children, families, and adults far into the future!

For more information about the event, please contact us at or 781-320-5356.

Thank you to our wonderful Sponsors!


Jim & Donna Stearns
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.


Lauren Harder
Ellis Seidman & Jenny Netzer


Elizabeth Clark Libert & Daniel B. Sterner
Christopher & Lisa Kaneb
Wilderness Point Foundation


Scott Furlong & Nonie Lesaux
Shippen Page & Anne St. Goar


Fran Arnold & Bob Stern
Scott M. Bock & Maria Tigou Bock
Pete & Lori Coté
Cécile Garcin & Fred Chereau
Michelle Morphew
Jacqueline Olds & Richard Schwartz
Mary O’Reilly & Kyle Chiang
William & Lia Poorvu


Susan Flannery & Stephen Coren
 Nicole Gaudelli
Ed & Ann Kania
Melody Mak-Jurkauskas & Valdas Jurkauskas
Marsha Medalie
Eric Morse & Mary Crane
Joe & Maria Wadlinger

Click here to learn about our previous Gala in 2020.