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 12,000 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 the last 14 years have raised several 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.



The Zoo

Back for a second year for the Autism Gala, The Zoo has been entertaining crowds up and down the Northeast since 1994. Their skyrocketing popularity has been highlighted appearances on MTV, where they reached the winners platform on MTV’s Ultimate Cover Band contest. They have also performed at Fenway Park as part of the National Hockey League’s “Winter Classic.” Nobody knows how to keep a party going like front man and founding member, Randall John. He and female lead vocalist Ginger DeVito front this powerhouse of a band. A visit to The Zoo has never been so much fun.


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.

2019 Grantees

Melmark New England: $75,000
Boston Higashi School: $75,000
McLeans Hospital Autism Program:$75,000
Autism Speaks:$50,000
Braintree Challengers Little League:$15,000
Mark Fidrych Foundation:$10,000
Jason Roberts Challenger Little League:$10,000
Malden West Challengers Little League:$10,000
Medford Invitational Tournaments: $10,000
Special Townies Organization: $10,000
Stoneham Light it up Blue:$5,000

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