A Night at Fenway Park: Dream Big! and Reach for the Stars

Events Posted Dec 3, 2018 by Jennifer Torode

Young Women Athletes; Dream Big!

On Friday, November 30, I attended the 9th Annual Dream Big! All Star Gala & Auction at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion & EMC Club. With my incredible 11-year old niece in tow, we hopped into an Uber after my work day and our driver took the most scenic route through the city to Fenway. In 10 minutes, we went from downtown to Beacon Hill to Bay Back and to our final destination—the home of the Green Monster…aka…Green Monsta. The views of Fenway and Boston’s skyline were simply jaw-dropping!  The view inside was quite impressive too as attendees got to see the 2018 World Series trophy and the World Series trophies from 2013, 2007 and 2004.

Me, Wally and Ella

For nearly a decade, Dream Big!’s Founder, President & CEO Linda Driscoll has helped give thousands of girls from low-income situations the opportunity to reach for the stars through sports and physical activities and in life by providing them with the basic items such as sneakers, cleats and the sporting fees that are often associated with doing such activities. Dream Big! also provides coaches and teams that have limited budgets with sporting equipment. What’s really outstanding is that most of the young ladies that Dream Big! helps achieve top grades.

Gertrude “Trudy” Fisher

The goal of the night was to raise money so Dream Big! can continue to offer such life changing opportunities through sports. There were several hundred people in attendance and Dream Big!’s Board of Directors were also there to support Linda and her team, including the big chese at CHEN PR, Founder and Partner Chris Carleton, John Gallant of Ledgewood Media, Matthew Putvinski of Wolf & Company, P.C., Megan Leo, M.D. of Boston Medical Center and Helen Williams of HMW Sports Consulting.

Chris Carleton and family

Throughout the night, Linda shared the stage with many elites. She honored Gertrude “Trudy” Fisher with the “Coach of the Year” award. For several decades, Trudy has served as a Boston City Public School teacher and a beloved coach. Linda also introduced many of the young ladies who directly benefit from the non-profit, inviting them to say a few words about what sports and Dream Big! has meant to them. Each was articulate, grateful and beautifully exceptional. The night’s VIP speaker was 1998 Women’s Hockey Olympic Gold medalist Angela Ruggerio. She now serves as CEO and co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab and was recently named one of Forbes’ 25 Most Powerful Women in Sport.

The CEO of Boston Athletic Association Tom Grik also spoke, giving thanks to all of those around him and to the coaches who have dedicated their time to make these wonderful ladies shine. And the night would not have been complete without the entertaining auctioneer David Brown, whom many of you may know from his long-standing time as the beloved meteorologist at NewsCenter 5, WCVB-TV.

Angela Ruggiero

If you’re interested in joining next year’s gala and auction or if you’d like to give back as a volunteer or wish to donate, please visit here to learn more. #GIRLPOWER!