2018 Spotlight Spectacular

Monday, May 7, 2018
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston

6:00PM | Cocktails
7:30PM | Dinner, entertainment, live auction & tributes

Cocktail/Spring Festive Attire
Valet Parking Available

Kindly reply by Friday, April 20, 2018

The Spotlight Spectular is officially sold out! To be placed on the waitlist, kindly contact Sam Buntich, or 617 273 1513.

We are thrilled to be honoring Trustee Neal Balkowitsch and director Liesl Tommy with the Wimberly Award. 

Neal Balkowitsch
Liesl Tommy

Spotlight Spectacular entertainment will include stars of stage and screen Eden Espinosa and Yvette Freeman, and more!

Eden Espinosa

Eden Espinosa dazzled Huntington audiences as Mary Flynn in the Huntington Theatre Company’s acclaimed revival of Merrily We Roll Along (photo above, T. Charles Erickson). She is most recognized for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ms. Espinosa originated the title character in Brooklyn the Musical, played Flora in Flora the Red Menace, and Maureen in the closing company of Rent on Broadway.

“Eden Espinosa is a terrific singer! She gives the impression of being lighted from within.” — The Wall Street Journal review of Merrily We Roll Along

Yvette Freeman

Yvette Freeman last appeared at the Huntington in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (photo above, T. Charles Erickson), directed by Liesl Tommy. In addition to playing Nurse Haleh Adams on the NBC hit tv show “ER” for 14 years, she starred in the Broadway, Paris, national, and international companies of Ain’t Misbehavin’, and the New York production of Dinah Was, based on the life of the legendary jazz singer Dinah Washington, for which she received the 1998 Obie Award for Best Actress.

“When Yvette Freeman sings, she brings down the house!”
The Boston Globe review of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Each year, the Huntington Theatre Company opens its doors to over 200,000 audience members, produces world-class theatre, nurtures local playwrights and artists, operates two venues – the Huntington Avenue Theatre and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA – and profoundly impacts the lives of over 30,000 Greater Boston area students, their teachers, and their families through our renowned education and community programs, including our acclaimed Student Matinee series, the August Wilson Monologue Competition, the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, and our partnership with the Codman Academy Charter Public School. These collaborations provide an immersive learning experience for students both at our venues and through teaching artists who visit their schools and classrooms.

Your participation in the 15th annual Spotlight Spectacular helps raise over $1 million to support the Huntington and its programs, including our award-winning education programs and community initiatives.

2018 Spotlight Spectacular Committee


Carol G. Deane

Maria & Daniel Gerrity

Ann & John Hall


Alli & Bill Achtmeyer
Mimi Bennett
Ky Bertoli
Jenny Bortnick
Beth Brown
Kay Calvert
Dominic Cioffoletti & Chris Scinto
Dennis Condon & Rob Cummings
Steve Corkin & Dan Maddalena
Stephanie Cummings
Lynn Dayton
Betsy Epstein
Kelly Ewart
Grace Fey
David & Karen Firestone
Debbie First
Anne Fitzpatrick
John Frishkopf

Michael Kelley & Ricardo Rodriguez
David Lank
Sharon Malt
Dan Mullin
Kristy Nardone
Donald Nelson
Bobby Perino
Richard Powers & Stephen Schram
Bryan Rafanelli
Michelle Rhodes
Gail Roberts
Kate Taylor
Carolyn Thayer Ross
Jennifer Wheaton
Jennifer Whitman
Mary Wolfson
Fancy Zilberfarb

2018 Spotlight Spectacular Sponsors


Sherryl & Gerard Cohen
Carol G. Deane
Betsy & David Epstein
Ann & John Hall
MAX Ultimate Food
Neal Balkowitsch & Donald Nelson
and Dan Mathieu & Tom Potter


High Output, Inc.
John Cini
Rockpoint Group LLC


Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Dayton
David & Karen Firestone
Maria & Daniel Gerrity
John Moriarty & Associates
Bill & Linda McQuillan
PR Restaurants/Panera Bread
Jill & Mitchell Roberts and
Evelyn & David Peterman
Linda & Brooks Zug


Amy & David Abrams
Alli & Bill Achtmeyer
George & Mimi Bennett
Kay Calvert & Jim Manzi
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLC
Dominic Cioffoletti & Chris Scinto
Wayne Davis & Ann Merrifield
Eaton Vance Investment Counsel
Grace & Ted Fey
Denise & William Finard
First Republic Bank
Eric Harrison
John & Mary Fowler
John Frishkopf & Brett Mattingly
HYM Investment Group
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Nancy Lukitsh
Sharon & Brad Malt
Sandy Moose & Eric Birch
Daniel A. Mullin
Bryan Rafanelli
Gail Roberts
Sarah & Tom Weigel
Howard & Veronica Wiseman


Berkley Asset Protection


Jeryl & Steve Oristaglio
Cokie & Lee Perry
Ben & Kate Taylor
Linda & Daniel Waintrup


Anne H. Fitzpatrick
Heidi Wade Hughey
Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey L. Zilberfarb


AE Events
Meredith Basque
James Bonanno & John Cormier
Robert Caro
Dennis Condon & Rob Cummings
Karen Dunnett & Rick Murphy
Debbie & Bob First
Susan Gardner
Arthur C. & Eloise W. Hodges
Susan & David Lawrence
Drs. Stephen & Beth Trehu


Irwin & Roberta Chafetz
Mr. & Mrs. John S. Clarkeson
Douglas & Cynthia Crocker
Mr. Ronald Feinstein
Paul Greenfield & Sandra Steele
Thomas Jalkut
Paul Lynch & John Pitfield
Victor & Lila Neel
Beth Pfeiffer & John Foster
Donna Robinson & Christopher Zook
Wendy Shattuck & Samuel Plimpton
The Sidman Family Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Skates

(As of March 2, 2018)

Thank you to our generous supporters of the 2018 Spotlight Spectacular!

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