Moondance Gala Canceled for this Year

Traditionally the Esplanade Association’s largest annual fundraiser, as well as one of the city’s most eagerly awaited events, the Moondance Gala has been cancelled this year in deference to concerns over the ongoing pandemic.

Many conversation with event chairs Carolina Säve-Natale and Bryan Natale and Margo and Fred Newman helped determine this difficult decision, according to the Esplanade Association, which further stated that it’s “not fiscally responsible to take on the financial risk associated with planning an event that could likely need to be cancelled at a later date.”

The festivities, which take place on the Esplanade beneath a tent along the Charles River, feature dancing under the stars, and proceeds from the event help support the nonprofit organization’s work to revitalize, enhance and program the park.

The last Moondance Gala, which took place on Sept. 14 of 2019, drew around 580 guests and raised more than $1.4 million to benefit the park.

           “It was a really difficult decision to have to cancel the Moondance Gala this year,” said Michael Nichols, executive director of the Esplanade Association.  “We know people look forward to event not just as an opportunity to support the Esplanade, but it’s really the signature social event as people return to Boston each fall.”

Nichols added: “The Gala traditionally accounts for more than half of our total revenue for whole year, so it’s certainly put a lot of stress on our ability to continue to fulfill our work in the park.”

Deprived of revenue from this year’s Gala, the Esplanade Association needs financial support more than ever and is now soliciting donations from the public, which are tax deductible.

To donate, readers can use the secure online donation form available online at, or send a check (payable to Esplanade Association) to Jim Diverio, Director of Development, Esplanade Association, 575 Boylston St., Suite 4R, Boston, MA 02116.

For more information, call Jim Diverio at 617-837-287.

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