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2022 Empowerment Celebration

Reaching New Heights Together

Join Us as We Celebrate!

What: An afternoon of celebrating equal opportunities for all individuals, and awarding our outstanding community members.
When: June 25th, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Where: Mount Wachusett, 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton, MA, 01541

Donate to Fund-A-Need

What is the Empowerment Celebration?

The Empowerment Celebration is the premier fundraiser for Easterseals Massachusetts and highlights leaders in our community who have a positive impact on ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities. Join us for a fun afternoon of music, great food, silent auction opportunities, and motivational speeches from award winners.

2022 Awards to be Presented...

Team Hoyt Award: Comcast NBCUniversal
Empowerment Award: Senate President Karen E. Spilka
Equal Opportunities to Work Award: Oswald Mondejar

Emceed by Tevin Wooten, Emmy Award-winning weather reporter and on-camera meteorologist with NBC10 Boston. 


Single Ticket: $150
Table of 10: $1,500

Thank you!

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Join our virtual online slient auction starting Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

Preview weekend getaways, art, tickets, baskets, and more! Be ready to bid on your favorites.

Text Easterseals to 71760 to register
at or after 2:00 pm on Saturday.

Preview Items

Auction Items

Thank you to the generous organizations and individuals who supported our 2022 Empowerment Celebration with auction donations.

We're thankful for the great assortment of experiences and memorabilia.

Preview Items
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Sponsorship Opportunities

Connect your brand with a new audience by exploring sponsorship opportunities for this upcoming event.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When will tickets be available?

April 4th, 2022.

What is the attire for the evening?

Mountain Chic. Dress as though you'll be going to dinner with friends ending with smores on the patio; classy and casual - no suits required.

Is there transportation provided?

Five Star Services has graciously donated transportation services from Union Station to Mt. Wachsuett and back.  Time TBD.  Space is limited to up to 3 wheelchairs and 8 additional passengers. Please contact Karen Santiago at should you want to reserve a space.

Are you having a plated dinner?

We will be having a plated dinner. Please reach out to Kimberly McDermott at with any dietary needs or restrictions.

Where will I sit?

Table assignments will be communicated to guests at time of arrival. We will try to accommodate individuals that would like to sit together but have not purchased a table.

Will there be a Live Auction this year?

No. This year we have virtual access to our silent auction items and will have a “Fund-a-Need” portion during the event, so that individuals can support programming near and dear to their hearts.

What is mobile bidding?

Mobile bidding allows you to bid on auction items using your own mobile device. You will be able to access the auction prior to June 25th to preview the auction catalog, place your bids and set your max bid amounts. At that point, you will receive notifications once you have been outbid! Additional information will be sent out regarding mobile bidding as we get closer to the event date.

Can I leave the event before the auction closes?

Yes! That is one of the benefits of using mobile bidding. You can leave at any point during the night (but we hope you stay!). Once the auction is closed, you will receive a text with a link to click on to see if you won an item. You will then need to log in and proceed with payment

What if I can't make the event? Can I still bid on auction items?

Absolutely! You can still access the auction by clicking here, or purchasing our limited edition Virtual Celebration Kit and celebrating with us at home.

Why do I pre-register?

This helps us know who/how many will be attending the event and gives you early access to auction items.

Do I have to pre-register?

No, if you are not planning to attend in person. You are still welcome to access the auction platform where you will be able to see and bid on silent auction items. You may also choose to buy a Virtual Celebration Kit, but quantities are limited and must be ordered by June 17th, 2022.

Do I need to put a credit card in when I pre-register?

No - You will only put a credit card in if you are purchasing a Virtual Celebration Kit, or would like to support “raise the paddle” or make an early donation.

What is does a virtual celebration ticket include and how do I buy one?

We have designed a limited quantity of Virtual Celebration Kits that bring the Empowerment Celebration to you! Packed with some fun items that to help commemorate the celebration along with everything you need to help you feel like you are there. In addition, you receive a link to auction items, available to only those Virtual Attendees.

When can I start bidding on items?

The Silent Auction items will be open to begin bidding on June 20th at 6 pm.

Where do I put in a credit card to bid?

You will put payment information into Text2Bid. You will “check out” and pay through Text2Bid the night of the event. You will see everything you have purchased in an itemized receipt.

What if I am having problems the night of the event? Who do I call?

Please reach out to the management team at the registration tables during the event.

What if I just want to make a donation to support Easterseals Massachusetts?

You can make a donation to Fund-A-Need by clicking here.

What do the proceeds for this event support?

The proceeds raised from this event go directly to Easterseals Massachusetts programs and services. Many of our programs including Camp, Accessible Martial Arts, College Navigator, Veterans program, and our new Assistive Technology Van are underfunded and rely heavily on our annual Empowerment Celebration in order to continue bringing these services to our many communities throughout Massachusetts.

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