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Encore 2021 - A Virtual Gala

Heart thumping ...
Hooves stomping ...
Hopes rising ...

And They’re Off!

Coming to you live from the Regent Theatre. Pre-show begins at 6:30pm and the live stream at 7pm. 

Silent Auction: Thursday, April 22, at 8am to Saturday, May 1, at 7:00pm. (Closes as live stream begins.)

The Live Auction will take place during the live stream on May 1.

BGMC impact and storytelling. Amazing and diverse entertainment - music from The Boy Band Project, LGBTQ+ comedy and much more! Edge says “If there’s one benefit to go to, this is it.

We're honored and excited to welcome Catherine Peterson, Immediate Past Chair of Chorus America and Executive Director of ArtsBoston as host of this fun and interactive live experience. 

Show off your Derby Best on Instragram with #BGMCDerby

There will be a hat competition. To participate post a selfie on instagram with your hat using the  #BGMCDerby. A winner will be selected during the live stream. By entering you consent to your photo potentially being shown during the live stream and used by BGMC.

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ENCORE 2021 Promo | Boston Gay Mens Chorus

Get Into The Spirit

Join us in the celebrations with a creative cocktail. May we suggest making:

A Mint Julep: Ingredients: 1 teaspoon Powdered sugar, 2 oz. Bourbon whiskey, 2 teaspoons Water, 4 Mint leaves Preparation: In a highball glass gently muddle the mint, sugar and water. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add Bourbon and stir well until the glass is well frosted. Standard garnish: Mint sprig

Belmont Jewel: Ingredients: Crushed ice, equal parts of Lemonade and Pomegranate Juice, Vodka Preparation: Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice; add Lemonade and Pomegranate juice, vodka. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Standard garnish: Lemon Wedge

The Blush Lily: Ingredients: Crushed ice, 6 tablespoons cranberry juice, 3 tablespoons vodka, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, Splash of Triple Sec Preparation: Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice; add cranberry juice, vodka, fresh lime juice, and a splash of Triple Sec. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice.

Or some good ole’ Sweet Tea. You can make it fancy by making it an Arnold Palmer (half ice tea and half lemonade).

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If you purchased a Host ticket package, a pod box filled with items to decorate your location and meals are included in your purchase. On May 1 your pod pack is delivered to your location with directions on how to serve. Delivery of Pod Packs are available in the Boston Metro Area locations. Deliveries are available throughout New England for an additional cost based on zip code. For questions regarding this, please contact the BGMC Office at office@bgmc.org

The Dinner Menu:
Hors D'oeuvres
Benedictine Tea Sandwich
Classic Deviled Eggs
Braised Pulled Pork Sliders, with a Tangy Slaw and Pretzel Bun

Entrée Served Family Style
Spring Greens, Candied Walnuts, Brie, Blood Orange Vinaigrette *Walnuts and Dressing – on the side*
Creamy Chicken with Mushrooms
Served with Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Vert, Herbed Butter, and Buttermilk Biscuits

Dessert
Mini Bourbon Cheesecake, Mint

Cocktail
Belmont Jewel Ingredients: Lemonade and Pomegranate Juice, Tito's Homemade Vodka and Lemon Wedges

 

Your Pod Box:
Will be filled with items to help make your location fabulous including: a large black tablecloth, a table runner, noisemakers, confetti, derby themed decorations and favors for you and your guests.

Hosting opportunities available until April 21, 2021

Auction Guidelines

The online auction will run from Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8am to Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:00pm. The auction is accessible through Qtego. Must be registered through the Qtego system in order to bid; you must register a credit card or payment method to bid. BGMC has endeavored to describe and value items accurately. Everything is sold “as is.” Certain items may have restrictions and purchasers are bound by restrictions set by the donors. All restrictions are noted on the mobile application. The bidder is financially responsible for each of their bids. All sales are final. There are no exchanges or refunds on items by donors or BGMC. No warranties are made with respect to value or quality of merchandise or services auctioned. Pursuant to IRS code, purchase amounts are tax-deductible only to the extent that the purchase price exceeds the fair market value of the item. 100% of the proceeds of the auctions go directly to the BGMC.

SILENT AUCTION: Bidding on all silent auction items is handled through the online and mobile site. The highest bid when the auction closes will be the winner. BGMC is not responsible for any connectivity issues.

LIVE AUCTION: BGMC's guest auctioneer will give general instructions on bidding as the live auction starts. In general, to bid on an item you will place a bid in the Qtego system online. The Qtego System will maintin bids and bidding confirmations. The auctioneer may recognize you and your bid during the live stream. Qtego will confirm you and your bid if you are the winner. Your live auction winnings will be included in your statement.

ITEM PAYMENT: Payment will be processed with the payment method submitted during Registration on or before May 5, 2021.

PICKUP: Items that are able to be emailed, will be delivered by that method to the winner. Items may be picked up at the Chorus office in the South End between May 4 - 14, 2021 by appointment. Email office@bgmc.org to make arrangements. Items that are able to be emailed, will be delivered by that method. If you require your item to be shipped, an additional fee may apply based on the size and weight of the item and where it needs to be shipped to.

TAX INFORMATION: Bay State Performing Arts, Inc. dba Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization qualifying under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 52-1255775).

Questions should be directed to the BGMC Office at office@bgmc.org or 617-542-SING

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HOW TO REGISTER:

1. Register your mobile phone number by clicking the “Click to Register” button above.
2. Watch for 2 text messages from QTEGO, confirming your registration.
3. Look for the link in the confirmation text message. Enter your PIN when you ‘Sign In.’

HELPFUL HINT: If you ever need to re-access your PIN, click the "Resend Text Message" button on the Sign In page. After entering in the phone number you used to register, it will resend you your PIN.

 

HOW TO WATCH LIVESTREAM OF EVENT:

Purchase a ticket, login into your profile on this site, click on the orange Live Stream Button on the top of the page and wait excitedly! Make sure to sign in early so you don't miss anything.