Club ¡Tropicaliente!

Neighborhood Parents for the Hurley School

Dear Members of the Hurley Community and Neighborhood Friends of the Hurley School,

We have made the difficult decision to postpone TropiCaliente, our annual gala fundraiser originally scheduled for May 8th.  The coronavirus crisis has been devastating and we know that everyone has been affected. We hope that you and your family are safe and taking care to remain healthy as we navigate these difficult days.

The mission of Neighborhood Parents for the Hurley School (NPHS) is even more crucial now than ever as we face this unprecedented crisis. We are truly grateful to our TropiCaliente sponsors who reaffirmed their support despite the event’s cancellation. Thank you to James Anderson of Compass, Steven Cohen of Keller Williams, Melanie Olinto of Compass, and Vince O’Neill for supporting the Hurley community during the time Hurley students need it most.  If your family, small business, or company has sponsored TropiCaliente in the past and would consider supporting NPHS now, we would gratefully welcome your outreach and support in this critical time.

NPHS has historically supported Hurley students while physically at school by funding educational interventions, capital improvements, and social-emotional support among other important needs.

As a result of the current health and economic crisis, NPHS is committed to helping the most vulnerable in our school community – more than 70% of Hurley students are considered high need. In the past few weeks, working directly with Principal Verano, NPHS has funded supplemental food/groceries for more than 20 Hurley families.

The NPHS may also fund online learning resources not provided by BPS for all Hurley students. We will continue to partner with Principal Verano and rely on her leadership to define the greatest needs for Hurley students in the coming weeks and months as we navigate this ongoing crisis.

The Hurley School is a one-of-a-kind school community in the South End, and we know that when students ultimately return to our school, they will be warmly welcomed back by Principal Verano and the dedicated teachers.

As NPHS continues to raise funds to bridge the gap between the BPS budget and what Hurley students need and deserve during this time, please consider making a gift in any amount.

Friday, May 8, 2020 7pm–11pm – Postponed


The Benjamin Franklin Institute

Each spring, hundreds of public education supporters flock to the South End’s most anticipated event, our retro-Latin nightclub, Club ¡TropiCaliente! The event features live Latin music, dancing, signature drinks, and Latin-inspired food from some of Boston’s best restaurants. Boston businesses sponsor the event and donate goods and services to the magnificent silent auction.

Live music from Grupo Fantasia — cha-cha-chá! — Food from Boston’s top restaurants — ¡Muy delicioso! — Signature cocktails, wine, and beer — ¡Salud!

The money raised will be used to build performing arts programming at the Hurley.  Currently, our school budget does not provide funding for music, dance, or theater instruction. However, with your support, NPHS can ensure that every child at the Hurley will have the enriching opportunities to experience the performing arts as part of their education.  NPHS is also funding efforts to remodel the school’s auditorium to allow for multi-use space, build the STEAM program and investing in the schoolyard to promote safety, learning and healthy play.

Online Auction

Online bidding will open on April 20th (look for our emails and announcements), and closes during the night of the event. You will be able to put your bids on items and keep up with the bidding online during the night. If you can’t attend the event, you can still keep track of your favorite items and bid on them. If you forget your phone at the event, we will have iPads available to make sure you can outbid anyone after your prize.

While we are updating our auction and preparing it to launch, you can register and update your account on the BiddingForGood web site. Make sure to connect the credit card you want the charges to go to to that account. We encourage you to set you maximum bid limit before the event. 

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TropiCaliente Planning Committee

Emily Nelson – Committee Chair, James Anderson, Luigi Audia, Tricia Azzarello, Frances Blair, Noel Blair, Amy d’Ablemont-Burnes, Monica Cantelli, Kimberly Chan, Isabelle Chase, Mary Chesler, Gina Cothey, Kenvor Cothey, Benjamin Dambman, Alicia Erickson, Jane Farrington, Karen Gonzalez, Milica Golubovic, Kristen Malerba-Smith, Matt McLaughlin, Avida Michaud, Courtney Petersen, Emily Pierce, Barbara Rodriguez, Chris Sullivan, Shannon Valencia, Milos Veljkovic

Special thanks to our 2020 supporters: