Thank You to Our Guests & Sponsors for Another Fantastic Lantern Ceremony Celebration!
The 239th Annual Lantern Ceremony was held on Sunday April 20th at 8:00pm at the Old North Church, in Boston’s historic North End neighborhood.
This event memorializes the night of April 18, 1775, when two lanterns were hung from the steeple of the Old North Church, launching what would become the American Revolutionary War. Every year since 1875, on the eve of Patriots’ Day, the Old North Foundation commemorates the hanging of the lanterns by inviting guests to join a prominent member of the community at the Lantern Ceremony. This year, we honored the survivors of last year’s marathon tragedy and the first responders who courageously came to their aid. The honorary lantern carriers for the 239th Annual Lantern Ceremony were North End resident Roseann Sdoia, Boston Police Officer Shana Cottone, Boston Firefighter Michael Materia, North Eastern University student Shores Salter, and Ms. Sdoia’s mother Rosemarie Buckley. When Ms. Sdoia sustained grievous injuries at last year’s marathon, it was officer Cottone, firefighter Materia, Mr. Salter, and Ms. Buckley who responded immediately and saved her life.
At the culmination of this year’s event, Senator Edward J. Markey gave a moving keynote speech before lighting the ceremonial lanterns with Old North Vicar Stephen T. Ayres. Together, Senator Markey and Rev. Ayres presented the lanterns to the honorees who carried them from the church to the steeple in an reenactment of the original 1775 alarm that alerted the countryside to the movement of the British regulars toward Lexington and Concord.
The annual Lantern Ceremony is the Old North Foundation’s premier annual event. The Old North Foundation is the secular, nonprofit organization dedicated to the operation, restoration and preservation of the Old North Church historic site. The foundation relies on the generosity of donors and the proceeds from special events so that we may continue to offer engaging historical tours and educational programs.
Thanks to the contributions of our guests and the incredible generosity of our sponsors, we were able to raise a net amount of $$56,524.58!
Tauck Romano Innovative Philanthropy
Anne & Roger Berman
Catherine & Robert Matthews
Stephen & Lisa Ayres
Jonathan Chu on behalf of the History Department of the University of Massachusetts-Boston
Hon. Lawrence S. DiCara & Dr. Teresa Spillane
Susan & Charles Eddy
Howard & Lorna Elkus
Sherwood Haskins & Andrea Mattisen-Haskins
Lisa Massena Lambert & Thomas Lambert
Katherine & Ed Pendergast