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Tonight: Support HCFA at a New Kind Of Gala

Tonight: Support HCFA at a New Kind Of Gala

May 3, 2016

For The People 2016

Today's Boston Globe highlighted the new look to HCFA's signature fundraising event, For The People, tonight, Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 at 60 State Street, Boston.

Tickets are still available at FTP2016.org. Please join community members, graphic artists and thought leaders to create visions of Patient Centered Care. Celebrate Health Care For All and share your story. HCFA's annual fundraising event will include opportunities for networking while enjoying cocktails and appetizers.

Here's the Globe's take:

A conversation fit for a gala

Another gala bites the dust.

Like many other nonprofits, Boston-based Health Care for All has traditionally held a fund-raising gala each spring, replete with mass-produced food and glossy programs.

But now, fed up with the high cost and high tedium of those events, it’s joining the un-gala movement.

Tuesday night’s Health Care for All spring fund-raiser will have no sit-down dinner, no auction, no printed programs. The crowd will be smaller — 250 to 300 people, versus 550 — and only drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets will be cheaper, too, at $150 a seat (down from $250).

And here’s the big twist: Attendees will be encouraged to participate in small-group discussions about health care issues. They’ll be “guided conversations” led by bigwigs.

“Conversation starters” and “discussion moderators” will include notables such as Community Catalyst COO Jacquie Anderson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts CEO Andrew Dreyfus, Iora Health CEO Rushika Fernandopulle, Health Policy Commission executive director David Seltz, and Dr. Joel Weissman of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“No one will be waiting for a meal to be served or enduring a two-hour stage program,” says executive director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer.

That’s music to gala community ears.

SACHA PFEIFFER