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ARCK 2021 Benefit Gala

October 22, 2021 7:00 pm

217 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, USA


Join us on October 22 and ignite your imaginations with ARCK at the newly renovated 'Quin House, as we celebrate with cocktails, passed food, and an auction to help under-resourced students reach their full potential through arts education!

Event Overview:

7:00pm - Check-in begins*
7:30pm - Passed food and drinks are available
8:00pm - Program begins

*Help ARCK make your check-in process as quick as possible! Register now to bid, donate, and Fund-A-Need.


Angel Perez (Gardner Pilot Academy student), Above and Beyond Award

Paula Price (Gala Co-Chair), Global Citizenship Award

Master of Ceremonies

WCVB's Katie Thompson


*COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend

*Face masks required indoors while not eating or drinking

*Self-paid valet parking is available

*Coat check available in the 'Quin House lobby


Watch our 2021 Gala Program on YouTube!

Missed our live event? You can watch the full recording on YouTube.

Don't forget the auction is open until Midnight on Monday, October 25th.

Watch the Gala Program!

Donate Now

Donate today to help students reach their full potential!

$300,000 Goal


Total Raised


ARCK's 10th Anniversary Gala was live-streamed and recorded. Watch the full program on YouTube!

Missed our live event? You can watch the full recording on YouTube.

Don't forget the auction is open until Midnight on Monday, October 25th.

Fund-A-Need & Donate!


ARCK's mission is to support students in under-resourced communities through creative arts curricula and teacher training programs to help them achieve their full potential as creative, socially-conscious individuals. ARCK uses art to support students' creativity, critical thinking, and social-emotional skills through the lens of Social Justice & Equity. Since 2012, we have offered an innovative pathway for over 3,700 K-8th grade Boston Public Schools students to give them a sense of identity, belonging, and agency.  Committed to educating the whole person, ARCK does not seek to level the field for under-resourced students; we seek to elevate it for everyone. 


Katie Thompson, WCVB

Gala Emcee

Katie Thompson is the Traffic Anchor and Transportation Specialist for NewsCenter 5's top-rated EyeOpener weekday newscasts, covering the region's critical transportation and commuter news. Prior to this role, Katie was a general assignment reporter for NewsCenter 5.

Katie is a New England native, born and raised in Kennebunk, Maine. She began her career in Boston as a production assistant, and is proud to work in a city she calls her second home. Before joining WCVB, Katie reported for sister Hearst station, WMTW, in Portland, Maine, where she covered everything from Maine politics to a series on the sustainability of a shrinking Moose population. She's also covered two Red Sox World Series and three Patriots Super Bowl victories, the ultimate job perk for a Boston sports fan. Katie also spent two years in Abilene, Texas with KRBC-TV as a reporter, producer, and weekday anchor. Katie is a graduate of Hofstra University in Long Island where she studied broadcast journalism. Katie loves to spend time with her family in Maine and her extended family in Massachusetts.

Paula Price

Gala Co-Chair

Paula A. Price was EVP and Chief Financial Officer of Macy's Inc. from July 2018 to May 2020, and served as Advisor to the renowned retailer until the end of 2020. As CFO, she was also a principal architect of Macy's transformation journey and, during the COVID 19 pandemic, led its financial restructuring to recapitalize and sustain the company.

Price has been a Visiting Executive with Harvard Business School since 2018, and was a full-time Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, having joined the faculty in 2014. Until 2014, Price was Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Ahold USA, and previously a Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for CVS Caremark Corporation. Price began her career as an intern at Arthur Andersen & Co. before joining full-time with clients that spanned financial services, consumer packaged goods, and healthcare.

Price currently serves as an independent director for public, private and not-for profit companies. She serves on the boards of Accenture, Bristol Myers Squibb, Western Digital, and DaVita. She is a qualified audit committee financial expert as defined by the SEC, and a certified public accountant. Price's career includes senior-level finance, general management, and strategy roles based in New York, Boston, London and Chicago in the retail, financial services, healthcare, and consumer packaged goods industries. Price earned her MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago and her BSc in Accountancy from DePaul University. Price and her family live in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard, where she enjoys painting, entertaining and outdoor activities.

2021 Gala Committee

Sara Mraish Demeter, Co-Chair                         Paula Price, Co-Chair

Renee Aisenberg                                                 Randa Ghama

Kelly Beriau                                                          Peter Herman

Stefanie Bradie                                                    Dot Joyce

Karen Bressler                                                     Michael Kelly

Harry Collings                                                      Roger & Lisa Krakoff

Panos Demeter                                                    Mojgan & Xavier Lefebvre

Yasmine Demeter                                                Dan Moon

Paul DeStefano                                                    Myran Parker-Brass

Susan Yahn DiPinto                                             Amanda Resendes

Yena Do                                                               Jason Sweeney

Evie & Erik Dykema                                             Andreas Wetterwald

David Friedman                                                   Matt Wilder

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The 'Quin House

217 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, USA

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