Oh What A Night!

Starry Night 2023 was magical, filled with contagious enthusiasm and passion that spread throughout the night. Our panel of student guest speakers filled the air with stories of triumph over adversity, the power of family and community, and boundless positivity and gratitude. Three of our public speakers-in-the-making, Arabella, Mason and Nelson, moved us to both tears of joy and stitches of laughter. 

These Star Kids definitely set the tone for our most exciting auction yet! The Clam Boil Dinner Party, graciously donated by John Saunders, was the hit of the night and raised $7300. It was so popular that Mr. Saunders surprised the audience by generously donating a second dinner party…and the crowd went wild! Patrons continued bidding, resulting in $94,000 raised directly for student scholarships. An additional $52,000 was raised for the newly established Mary Jane MacLean Scholarship Fund, as well as, $59,000 pledged over the next few years. 

Perhaps it was the stirring speech given by Mark Godding, M.D., (the first New Bedford Star Kid!), in honor of Mary Jane MacLean; perhaps it was the view of the ocean from the observation deck of the Kilburn Mill Event Hall; or perhaps it was the delicious appetizers and dinner served by On-The-Go Catering. More likely, it was the promise of a better future, a future built by children who have been empowered by love and opportunities that they otherwise would not have had. Meeting and listening to the actual children whose lives are transformed through education and community, made possible by open-hearted individuals, inspired everyone in attendance. It was all of these extraordinary delights, and so much more, that raised a staggering $240,000; the highest Starry Night revenue since the inception of New Bedford Star Kids!


Theresa Street

Murat Oztermiyeci
and Deborah Matook
Hans and Ann Ziegler

Tomé Andrade and Julie Lohr
Peter and Cathy Anthony
Baycoast Bank
Laura McPhie Oliveira Consulting
Dr. Gail Davidson
Eastern Fisheries
Drs. Tim and Luba Flanigan
Gidwitz Family Foundation
MacLean Charitable Foundation
New Bedford Credit Union
Signature Printing
Kathy Wattles and Dancing Oaks Farm

Bank 5
Bob’s Discount Furniture
Charitable Foundation
The Franchise Group
Lila Delman
St. Anne’s Credit Union
Gary Sullivan
Wareham Pediatrics

Mark and Andressa Andrade
Associated Career Network
Caddy Shack
Stephen and Kristen Canessa
Karen Corr
Peter and Francine Desilets 
Donnelly’s Clothing
Peter and Barbara Humphrey
Christopher Makepeace
Taunton Federal Credit Union
John and Mallory Waterman
Diane Worley 

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