The History and Mission of the Light up the Night Gala

Teamsters Local 25’s Light up the Night Gala was established in 2006 to promote awareness and raise funds for autism research. Since its inception, the Gala has not only served as a major autism awareness event, but also a critical fundraiser for local programs that help autistic children.

The Light up the Night Gala honors individuals and groups who are working to educate the public about autism, largely considered the fastest growing medical threat to children, with one in 68 children and one in 54 boys being diagnosed annually.

About Teamsters Local 25

Teamsters Local 25 – and our membership of more than 11,000 men and women – believe that the community as a whole is an integral piece of the puzzle in taking us one step further towards finding a cure for Autism. It is our job in the workplace, but also in the community, to bring attention to this disorder and in nearly 12 years have raised more than $4 million dollars for autism research and awareness. Our members are from Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, and our fundraisers have included walks, motorcycles rides, golf tournaments and an annual Gala. To learn more about Teamsters Local 25, please visit www.teamsterslocal25.com.



David Wade

Multiple award-winning journalist David Wade co-anchors WBZ-TV News at 5PM, 6PM and 11PM with co-anchor Lisa Hughes. He has been a champion for autism awareness and research for several years. In 2015, he ran the Boston marathon for Autism Speaks and has used his platform to shine a light on autism whenever he can. David has won 21 awards including two for Best Anchor, two for Best Reporter, and multiple wins for Best Writer. David is a 1995 graduate of Emerson College with a BA degree in broadcast journalism. He grew up in Somerville before moving to Tewksbury, where he graduated from Tewksbury High School in 1991.


Boss Band

BOSS Band is one of the most highly respected Boston Wedding Bands performing a mix of Contemporary Pop, Motown, Soul, Classic Rock, Standards and Swing! This 8-piece ensemble is a group of professional musicians whose performances reflect the band members’ multitude of talents. Their live show creates a sound that mirrors the original version of your favorite tunes. Featuring two of Boston’s top front vocalists, Chris Waller and Haley Arnott, this group has a 15 year resume of great parties and events that rivals any band in New England.

Boston Higashi School Jazz Band

The Boston Higashi School Jazz Band was formed by Kaname Ueno, the Jazz Band Director, in 1988.  Since then the Higashi Jazz Band has been providing students opportunities for mastery of more advanced instruments, to work harmoniously in a group, to develop self-confidence and pride, and most importantly, to contribute to the joy of his/her family, friends, and society as a whole. The Boston Higashi Jazz Band is performing on the local, national, and international level.

Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drum Bands

Established in late 2007, the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drums is devoted to serving the greater Boston area fire departments and Veteran community at Line of Duty Death funerals, memorial services, ceremonies, banquets, parades, and other fire service functions. Most members are career firefighters from greater Boston. The band is a staunch supporter of many charities including the Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Relay for Life, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, pancreatic cancer, and Special Olympics.

2017 Grantees

Autism Speaks: $125,000
McLeans Hospital Autism Program: $50,000
Braintree Challengers Little League: $15,000
LiamNation: $10,000
Jason Roberts Challenger Little League: $10,000
Malden Challengers Little League: $10,000
Sheriff Michael Bellotti Day Camp: $10,000
Stoneham Light it up Blue: $5,000
Technology for Autism Now: $5,000
St. Francis Church in Memory of Thomas Beckwith: $60,000

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