Team IMPACT’s Encore ‘Game Day Gala’

Local charitable organization hosts second annual event with Jim Calhoun and Wendi Nix

BOSTON, MA (September 9, 2013– On October 3Team IMPACT will recreate its signature fundraising event: Game Day Gala. At this charitable fête hosted at The Westin Copley Place, Team IMPACT will celebrate its worthy accomplishments with its cherished young participants and its benefactors by hosting the ultimate upscale tailgating and sporting aficionado experience.

The evening’s roster includes event co-chairs – and Team IMPACT Founding Members – Dan Kraft (President, The Kraft Group-International) and Jay Calnan (Chief Executive Officer, J. Calnan & Associates) who will join forces with three-time NCAA Champion and basketball Hall of Famer, Jim Calhoun (former men’s basketball head coach at University of Connecticut) and popular ESPN football reporter, Wendi Nix, in this unforgettable night-with-a-cause that benefits the organization’s mission to pair children who are facing chronic or life-threatening medical conditions with vibrant, team-based collegiate support networks. At this event, Team IMPACT hopes to continue to raise awareness of its program by encouraging a wide range of team-based organizations to open up their ranks and extend their laughter, strength and support for children throughout the country. 

“The squad behind Team IMPACT is honored and inspired to continue and to expand the long standing tradition of athletes paying tribute to something that is far greater than themselves,” says Calnan and Kraft. “The ability to come together, serve the community and support each and every member of a team through any adversities is crucial…both on and off the field.”

At the Game Day Gala, supporters will relive their fond “Homecoming” memories in a room bedecked with sports memorabilia from Team IMPACT’s participating schools and special guest appearances by their spirited mascots. To kick-off the ceremony in true “game day” fashion, a Team IMPACT participant will sing the National Anthem. As touching and uplifting visuals play of the wonderful children the organization rallies for, guests will indulge in gourmet tailgate-inspired treats and sips as well as a sit-down dinner. Honorary guest speaker, Jim Calhoun, will provide inspirational remarks while Wendi Nix plays host to the program participants and its supporters alike. The Game Day Gala will also feature unparalleled live and silent auction items ranging from sports collectables and opportunities to unprecedented lifestyle-themed experiences including: traveling with the New England Patriots team to an away game, complete with two tickets; autographed Patriots jerseys from Tom Brady and Danny Amendola; an autographed University of Florida jersey from Tim Tebow; an ultra-luxe stay at Dorado Beacha Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico; among others.

The second annual Game Day Gala takes place on Thursday, October 3, at The Westin Copley Placelocated at 10 Huntington Avenue in Boston. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30pm with the main event starting at 7:30pm. Business attired is required.

To reserve tickets ($750 per person) or a table ($6,500 – $25,000), please visit: For additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Hegarty at

Team IMPACT is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the state of Massachusetts.  Team IMPACT is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.


Team IMPACT is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by establishing and expanding vibrant team-based support networks. Team IMPACT’s endeavor is to continually encourage a wide range of team-based organizations to open up their ranks and extend their laughter, strength and support for children facing these adverse issues, and events. In doing so, the team joins the child’s support team, supporting the child in his or her medical journey and beyond. At Team IMPACT, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to expanded team-based support networks in order to significantly enhance their quality of life and to fill their lives with more love and laughter. Team IMPACT also strives to provide team-based organizations everywhere an easy and efficient way to have a powerful impact on the lives of children in their community. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 300 children with collegiate teams impacting, the lives of thousands of people. For more information, please visit:
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