Daily Cookie

February 12, 2008, 8:51 pm
Filed under: Events


Last Thursday we produced the 5th Anniversary Rising Stars Gala to benefit Tufts New England Medical Center.  The event is the hospital’s signature fund raiser and this year was a milestone year for them. 

We had a great night and raised alot of funds for the hospital.  The highlights of the evening were our fun and fabulous raffle packages, the prestigious honorees and the message of the evening.  Which is why I have decided to write his post.

Donnie Wahlberg was one of our honorees.  He was truly touched by this honor and was humbled by the entire experience.  He at first could not believe that we chose him.  In fact, when he was reviewing the accolades and titles of our other honorees and then saw the title we had assigned to him, he again questioned who was the “philanthropist?”  Well guess what, he was our philanthropist.

As an honoree he was asked to give an acceptance speech.  Donnie’s message made him the star of the evening.  Basically he conveyed to the 500 plus guests in the audience that the key word in the title of Rising Star was not the “star” but rather the “rising.”  There are plenty of people that have reached star status but those who continue to strive and continue to rise no matter what level they have reached are the true achievers. 

The word rising has many definitions but the one that I think summarizes Donnie’s feelings and what we should all strive for all our lives is “to move from a lower to a higher position.”  Think about it.  

After all, we are lucky to rise out of bed each morning but what we do once we are up is not luck at all.