TCAN Virtual Gala 2020


TCAN Virtual Gala 2020 will be held Saturday December 12, 2020 at 7:30 PM featuring LORI McKENNA with special guest MARK ERELLI.

TCAN’s Annual Benefit has traditionally been a celebration of the positive impact that the arts have on our community. Proceeds from the benefit support TCAN's artistic programming as well as its community outreach initiatives. This year, in these most difficult times, our Annual Benefit fundraiser goes virtual with a FREE online event featuring Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, with special guest Mark Erelli, performing in concert on TCAN's stage. During this national health crisis, support for TCAN has never been more crucial. Your sponsorship and donations will make it possible to sustain the organization until it is safe to reopen once again.


Both individual and business sponsorship packages provide recognition for your support and special thanks from all of us at TCAN. Please see links below for details. For more information, contact Development Associate Valerie Barretto at 781-424-0582 or




2020 Business and Individual Sponsors

Signature Sponsor Atlantic Vision, Inc.
Presenting Sponsor  
Gold Sponsor Michael and Barbara Collins
  Henry and Dr. Kate Faulkner
  Alice F. Greif
  Middlesex Savings Bank
Silver Sponsor Jane and Bill Bachman
  Stephen and Maschia Kaplan
  Karen and Reginald Leese
  Stonegate Group, LLC
  Steve and Denise Wilson
Bronze Sponsor Tom and Kelley Halchuk
  Frank and Melissa Hanenberger
  Mary and Ed Hudson
  MutualOne Bank
  Bill and Kathy Rousseau
Cast Member Anonymous
  Bob Caplin and Eileen Weber
  Carol and Ken Conway
  Ed Daly and Karen Lieberman-Daly
  Bruce and Terri Evans
  Terri Loewenthal and Dr. Michael Fisher
  Jim, Beth and Kate Holman
  Joseph and Janet Idzal
  Scott and Paula Koehler
  The Kroo Family
  Fred and Beth Lane
  Mike and Peggy McAuliffe
  Peter Townsend and Hilary McGregor
  Nick and Martha Perakis
  Jan Phlegar and Bob Vierling
  Noni and Bob Stearns
  Fred and Susan Wright



Lori was raised in a Boston family of six children. She met her husband Gene in third grade. They have five kids. Performing in the Boston singer-songwriter circuit in the late 1990's through 2004, she appeared frequently at local venues including the Vienna Kaffeehaus in Westborough, Passim in Cambridge and The Center for Arts in Natick.

Over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother, she also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods––all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years in a row thanks to co-writing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and penning Tim McGraw’s No. 1 single “Humble and Kind.” Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music’s first female Songwriter of the Year. The list of stars who have recorded McKenna gems continues to grow: Reba, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Sara Bareilles, Carrie Underwood, and many others.

Lori McKenna released her eleventh studio album The Balladeer on July 24, 2020, through CN Records and distributed by Thirty Tigers of Nashville, Tennessee. It was preceded by the release of the lead single "When You're My Age" on May 1, 2020.