Join us for the Annual Celebration 2021!

In-person or LIVE on Zoom… You’ll support the Blue Hills Reservation!

Join us on October 7 as we celebrate the past year of protecting and preserving the Blue Hills… and raise funds to continue caring for the park! This year we will be able to both meet in person and online!  Hear from our keynote speaker David Abel, Award Winning Boston Globe Journalist and Documentary Film Maker. Those joining us online can also enjoy an engaging virtual presentation by UMass Professor Dr. Rick Kesseli. We look forward to seeing you there!

Covid precautions: We plan to limit attendance to 50% of the venue capacity, and we request the participants are vaccinated and wear a mask during the event.  Registration is required.  In-person registration is closed, as of September 30th.  We hope you will purchase a ticket to join us live on Zoom… and if you’d like to attend in person, please ask to be added to the waiting list.  

The deadline for online tickets is Wednesday, October 6 at 9:00 am. 

The countdown is on!









Thursday, October 7, 2021
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Canton Town Club
300 Bailey Street
Canton, MA


Ticket Prices:

$45 in-person (waiting list only)

$40 online guests (until 9:00 am, 10/6)

Gourmet Picnic Dinner in the Blue Hills Raffle

The Friends of the Blue Hills is raffling off a catered picnic generously donated by Milton’s Stephanie McFadden of Cooking in With Stephanie.  The raffle winner and five guests will enjoy a gourmet three-course meal at a picturesque location of their choice within the Blue Hills. The prize also includes a picnic basket and blanket.

 The winning ticket will be drawn at the Annual Celebration! Raffle tickets are $15 each or 3/$35 and can be purchased by clicking the links below.

Online Silent Auction Now Open!

Get great deals and support the Friends of the Blue Hills at the same time! Our Online Silent Auction is now open for bidding!

You can bid on a VIP behind-the-scenes tour at the Franklin Park Zoo (including an introduction to a peacock!), a season pass to the Blue Hills Ski Area, a foursome of golf with carts at the Ponkapoag Golf Course, four tickets to a BU hockey game, many bar and restaurant gift cards, and more!

Be sure to check back frequently for new offerings!

Bidding ends at 8:00 p.m. on October 7, 2021 during our Annual Celebration.

About the Keynote Speaker

In his keynote address, “Reporting from the Frontiers of Climate Change and Conservation, a Journalist’s Perspective,” David Abel will discuss his career as an environmental reporter and filmmaker covering climate change and conservation.

An award-winning reporter, David Abel currently covers the environment for the Boston Globe.  In his career as a reporter at the Globe since  1999, Abel has covered war in the Balkans, unrest in Latin America, national security issues in Washington D.C., terrorism in New York and Boston, and climate change and poverty in New England. Abel, also a documentary filmmaker and an occasional professor of journalism, was part of the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for the paper’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. 

About our online guest

Native Wonders of Ponkapoag Pond, by Dr. Rick Kesseli

What are the amazing native plants that live in and around Ponkapoag Pond that the Friends of the Blue Hills volunteers are working to protect when they participate in our Survey and Save the Forest initiative?  Before the program, online participants will enjoy an exclusive interactive presentation with, Dr. Rick Kesseli to explore the many intriguing native species that grow at Ponkapoag Pond.  From insect-eating plants of the bog, to delicate mayflowers of the upland, Dr. Kesseli will take you on an insightful tour of the plants that make this habitat so beautiful… and worth protecting.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertisement space is available for purchase in the Annual Celebration program! Your purchase greatly supports the Friends of the Blue Hills and its mission to preserve and protect the Blue Hills Reservation. 

Please note, ads must be placed by 9/17/2021 to be printed in the program book.


$5,000 Blue Hills Champion

  • Full page ad (5’w x 8’h)
  • 10 tickets | Name appears in event program, on event website and social media

$2,000 Skyline Trail Supporter

  • 1/2 page ad (5″w x 4″h)
  • 6 tickets | Name appears in event program, on event website and social media

$1,000 Great Blue Guardian

  • 1/4 page ad (2.5″w x 4″h or 5″w x 2″h)
  • 4 tickets | Name appears in event program, on event website and social media

$500 Buck Hill Benefactor

  • 1/4 page ad (2.5″w x 4″h or 5″w x 2″h)
  • 2 tickets | Name appears in event program, on event website and social media

$250 Greeting

  • 2 tickets | Name and greeting appears in event program on two lines

$100 Greeting

  • 1 ticket | Name and greeting appears in event program on one line

Thank you to our 2021 Community Partners

Ruth Bigio – Friends of the Blue Hills trail volunteer leader

Debbie Merriam – Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum

Maggi Brown – Department of Conservation and Recreation (retired)

Mark Smith – Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum

Thank you to our 2021 Annual Celebration Sponsors

Blue Hills Champion

Sunrise Erectors

Skyline Trail Supporter

Quincy Auto Auction

Great Blue Guardian

Farley Sullivan

Buck Hill Benefactor

Bank of Canton

Beth Israel Deaconess Milton

Irving and Ruth Bigio

Dedham Community Savings Bank

Dave and Patti Dobrindt

Elliott Physical Therapy

Emergent BioSolutions

Friends of the Blue Hills Board Members & Staff

Fruit Center Marketplace

Granite Links

Gray, Gray & Gray LLP

Robert J. Mazairz II

Motti Electric

Success Real Estate – Tom O’Neill

Trillium Brewing

Quincy Auto Auction
Bank of Canton
Dedham Savings
Elliott Physical Therapy logo

Tom O’Neill