Dance, dine, and do good for the LGBTQ+ community.

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, over 1,200 lesbian and bisexual women, transgender people, and their allies, dressed to impress, will gather in the elegant Boston Marriott Copley ballroom for a celebration of philanthropy, advancements in women’s health, and our vibrant LGBT community. It will truly be an evening to remember!

The Fenway Health Dinner Party is one of New England’s largest LGBT-focused charitable events. Attendees will enjoy a gourmet dinner, bid on unique auction items, and dance the night away. The best part? All this fun helps support the lifesaving work of Fenway Health. Philanthropy never looked so good!

Don’t miss your chance to attend the party of the year and make a huge difference in our community. Join us for this year’s Dinner Party!

Please call 617.927.6350.



The Dinner Party will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place from 6 PM to 1 AM.

All Dinner Party tables seat 12 people. Tickets to this year’s Dinner Party are $225 each and tables cost $2,700. 

If you wish to purchase tickets to attend The Dinner Party and do not have a Table Captain, you can select a mix and mingle table or seat me anywhere. Call Fenway’s Development Department at 617.927.6350 or email us at if you have any questions.

While the system is processing your credit card transaction, you will have the opportunity to provide us with the names of any guests you are purchasing tickets for. Please also indicate if anyone in your party has dietary restrictions, food allergies, or mobility issues we should be aware of.

Donate a Community Ticket to the Dinner Party!

The Dinner Party has always been about celebrating and supporting our vibrant and diverse community, and now there’s another way that YOU can help continue that legacy. When you purchase a Dinner Party ticket to donate, you break down financial barriers and give the gift of a fabulous night out to a member of the community who otherwise could not afford it. Please consider donating a ticket today – someone out there will be so grateful that you did!


Become a table captain!

Table Captains are the life of the party! Guarantee a table in the elegant Boston Marriott Copley Place ballroom for you and 11 of your friends by booking today. Tables are $2,700, and individual tickets are $225.

To sign up to be a Table Captain today, complete the Table Captain Registration Form. Please allow 24-48 hours for your name to appear on the Table Captain pull-down list on The Dinner Party ticket purchase page. If you have any questions or wish to have your guests purchase tickets by phone, please call 617.927.6350.

Table Captain Sign-up


Would you like to increase your philanthropic visibility and make your Dinner Party experience even more fabulous? Ask us about hosting a Premium Table; where you have the opportunity to pay tribute to someone who has made a difference in your life with a naming opportunity and enjoy benefits that will enhance your evening. Contact Niamh Foley at for more information.


Table Captains get to choose their table location! Sign up early and pledge to fill your table, or pay for the table in full, to ensure that you and your guests have a great table location. Table Captains will select their table location in the order in which their tables are paid.

Signing up as a Table Captain will ensure that friends all sit together. Have your name or a Table name listed on the “Purchase Tickets” page, so that your guests can go online, select your name, and easily purchase their tickets to your table. Meet others like you leading up to the big night. Table Captains receive invitations to special Dinner Party Table Captain events.

* Please note, unsold tickets at your table should be released back to Fenway Health by March 22 or paid for by the Table Captain.


Please pay for your table in full no later than March 22, 2019.


Maxine Jackson

Maxine Jackson is Customer Success Manager at Allego, a Needham-based mobile sales learning platform provider. In her role at Allego, Max is responsible for ongoing customer engagement with a defined group of customers from initial onboarding and implementation through go-live and post implementation support. Prior to Allego, Max was Client Services Team Lead at email marketing software provider Constant Contact.

Max is a long-time Fenway Health supporter and a member of the Young Leaders Council at Fenway Health since 2012. She has also served on the Dinner Party planning Committee since 2016 and has attended the Dinner Party yearly since 2011.

A former member of the Brown Women’s Rugby team, Max has also played rugby for the Providence Women, Beantown Rugby, and the Pony Express. She served as the first openly gay female president of a Brown University Greek organization in 2004 and 2005.

Vanessa Marquez

Vanessa Marquez, MSN, RN, FNP, is a Clinical Trials Manager at Pfizer. Prior to her role at Pfizer, Vanessa worked at Fenway Health for over seven years, first as a Clinical Research Nurse and then as an Assistant Clinic Nurse Manager.

Vanessa was born in New York City to Honduran immigrant parents and raised in New Orleans, LA. She lived in San Francisco before moving to Boston 11 years ago to further her education. Vanessa earned a BA of Sociology from San Francisco State, a BSN from Simmons College, and a MSN from Regis College.

This is Vanessa’s seventh year attending The Dinner Party. She aims to ensure that all women feel respected and included at the event.

Sherri McDonald

Sherri is the New England Director of Attorney Recruitment and the National Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Parker + Lynch Legal. She assists law firms, companies, government entities, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations build their legal departments. In her role as the National Director of Diversity & Inclusion, she works with affinity Bar Associations across the country in their efforts to effectively consult and educate companies on best practices within their organizations.

Prior to her work in the attorney recruitment space, Sherri was an PGA and LPGA golf professional. She worked with management companies in a business development and corporate finance capacity. She also played golf professionally and was an NCAA Head Women’s Golf Coach for 18 years. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Extension School, and a Bachelor’s in Sports Psychology and Biomechanics from the Pennsylvania State University where she played Division I Women’s Golf and was an All-American.

She has been a member of the Dinner Party Planning Committee since 2014 and involved with GLAD and their SOJ initiatives since 2015.


Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Dr. Susan M. Love Award Recipient

Fenway Health is excited to announce our 2019 Dr. Susan M. Love Award recipient: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley!

Representative Pressley currently serves the 7th District of Massachusetts – which includes the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhoods – after winning a historic election in the 2018 midterms. Previously, she served as an at-large member of the Boston City Council. Pressley is both the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council and the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

Pressley was first elected to the Boston City Council in November 2009. Upon being sworn in on January 4, 2010, she was the first woman of color to serve in the 100-year history of the Boston City Council. As the only woman in a field of 15 candidates, Pressley earned one of four at-large spots on the city’s 13-member council. Prior to her election, Ayanna worked as an aide to Sen. John Kerry, as well as Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II.

From day one in office, Pressley advocated for vulnerable populations. In her first year as a City Councilor, Pressley formed the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities, which addresses issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. She worked collaboratively with community members to develop a comprehensive sexual education and health curriculum and update the expectant and parenting student policy. Both were successfully implemented into Boston Public Schools.

Pressley is a strong supporter of universal health care and Medicare-For-All. As a survivor of sexual violence herself, Pressley states that she would make ending sexual violence a major priority of her work in Congress. Pressley has dedicated her career to eradicating poverty and fighting for underserved communities.

“I will sit at the table, and compromise and work with anyone in the name of progress,” Pressley said. “But there are things that I’m unwilling to compromise and to negotiate on, and that is the rights of women, of immigrants, of workers, and the LGBTQIA community.”

The Dr. Susan M. Love Award is given at The Dinner Party to honor and celebrate a woman and/or organization that has made a significant contribution to the field of women’s health. The Love Award is given in honor of its founding recipient, Dr. Susan M. Love, a pioneer in the fields of women’s health and breast cancer. Love helped found the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center in 1992 and currently heads up the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, which is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer.


Dana Goldberg

As seen on TBS, ABC, LOGO, and Last Comic Standing, veteran comedian Dana Goldberg is a force of nature on stage. With performances at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, The Comedy Festival produced by TBS and HBO, and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; her quick wit and playful stage presence have her earning loyal fans across the country and abroad.

A crowd favorite, Goldberg has become a triple threat combining her comedy, hosting, and live auction talents to become one of the most sought after entertainers on the circuit. Voted one of the “Top Five Funniest Lesbians In America,” Curve magazine raves, “Goldberg is one of the brightest lights in a stellar comedy landscape.” named Goldberg one of the top three LGBT comedians in the nation.

In addition to headlining clubs, theaters and festivals around the country, Goldberg has performed at and emceed dozens of high profile events and has shared the national stage with luminaries such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton, Meryl Streep, Katy Perry, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Carol Burnett, Sir Elton John, Mariah Carey, Shonda Rhimes, and many more.

Combining her gift of humor with humanitarian efforts, Goldberg has raised over 20 million dollars for non-profits around the country in the fight for marriage equality, LGBT rights, women’s health, and HIV and AIDS education and prevention. As the youngest child in a single parent household run by a Jewish mother in which two of three kids are gay, Goldberg helps keep most of the comedy venues and half of the psychotherapists in the country in business.

For more information on Dana Goldberg visit


DJ Susan Esthera

For over 25 years, Susan Esthera has been DJing and VJing in the New England area. Many may recognize Susan as the resident DJ at Axis Mondays and Embassy Thursdays on Lansdowne St. back in the early 2000s. If you’ve gone to Club Café at all in the past nine years, chances are you have heard one of her music video sets. Susan currently DJs Retro Tea Dance Sundays at Club Café and guest DJ’s at Blend in Dorchester. Susan is excited to DJ this year’s Dinner Party, where you’ll hear her play your retro favorites and today’s hits!

See how your support of Fenway Health can change lives.


If you’re interested in volunteering the night of the event, please complete our online volunteer form. If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 617.927.6350.

If you’re interested in donating to the silent auction, please fill out, sign, date and return this form to ATTN: Development Department, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, by fax to (617) 267-8437, or by email: Deadline is February 1st for all Silent Auction contracts! 


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