TCAN Virtual Gala 2020

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TCAN Virtual Gala 2020 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 went 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.




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2020 Business and Individual Sponsors

Signature Sponsor Atlantic Vision, Inc.
Challenge Sponsor Elaine Burns and Jack Memishian
Presenting Sponsor  
Gold Sponsor Michael and Barbara Collins
  Henry and Dr. Kate Faulkner
  Alice F. Greif
  Middlesex Savings Bank
Silver Sponsor Anonymous in honor of:
      Stephen and Maschia Kaplan
   Jane and Bill Bachman
  Rick and Nancy Jennett
  Stephen and Maschia Kaplan
  Karen and Reginald Leese
  Needham Bank
  Glenn Shambroom and Nina Righter
  Stonegate Group, LLC
  The William M Collins Co.
  Antonio Viva and Maria Freda
  Steve and Denise Wilson
Bronze Sponsor The Allain + Warren Group
  Bob Brack and Janet Bailey
  Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  Tom and Kelley Halchuk
  Frank and Melissa Hanenberger
  Mary and Ed Hudson
  MutualOne Bank
  Natick Mills
  Mysore and Judy Ravindra
  The Red Elm Tree Foundation
  Bill and Kathy Rousseau
  Noni and Bob Stearns
  Edward and Sheila Strickland
  Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Cast Member Anonymous
  Ricky and Jay Ball
  Denise and Michael Barry
  Bob Caplin and Eileen Weber
  Jay Caraviello and Tammy Falvey
  Carol and Ken Conway
  Doug and Sue Crossley
  Ed Daly and Karen Lieberman-Daly
  David Davenport and Nolly Corley
  Susan and Ed Doherty
  Frances Elovitz
  Bruce and Terri Evans
  Steven and Renee Finn
  Terri Loewenthal and Dr. Michael Fisher
  Kenneth Fishman and Lisa Wendell
  Ellen and Kal Heller
  Jim, Beth and Kate Holman
  Joseph and Janet Idzal
  Susan Jarvi
  Scott and Paula Koehler
  The Kroo Family
  Fred and Beth Lane
  Anne Lindsay and Dr. David Schwarz
  Mike and Peggy McAuliffe
  Karen and Michael McGreal
  Peter Townsend and Hilary McGregor
  Janet and Bob Mendelsohn
  Shirley and David Parish
  Nick and Martha Perakis
  Gloria Rose
  Rotary Club of Natick
  Anne Lindsay and David Schwarz
  Amy and Matthew Siegel
  Barbara Anne Sousa
  Jan Phlegar and Bob Vierling
  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.