To see our Online Auction visit our Event Page>>

Emcee Juliette Kayyem
Special Guest State Representative Marjorie Decker

Live Music by The Jazz Cats Quartet
Live Auction

Live Auction Items Announced!

Our Live Auction is part of our Spring Bash on February 28. Purchase your ticket online now, if you haven’t already, so you’ll have the chance to be the highest bidder on something splendid!

Here are the five offerings up for bid in our brief but sure-to-be-lively live auction:

Flower Cottage: ‘Wistaria’ 3-Night Stay

Take pleasure in a 3-night stay in an iconic North Truro Flower Cottage, ‘Wistaria.’ Get away from the bustle of the city and enjoy the fresh sea breeze at this uniquely renovated beachfront cottage, which has been featured in Boston Magazine. Steps from Cape Cod Bay, less than a mile from P’town, Race Point, the Provincelands Trail, and Head of the Meadow Beach, this charming cottage is the place to be!

Estimated value: $500
Starting bid: $300 
Availability: March/April/Sept/Oct/Nov 2019
Donated by: Susan Bernstein
Photo by: Madeline Bilis

Red Sox Fan-tastic Package

Red Sox fans, you won’t find a more exciting package than this!  You’ll have lunch with Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy at Central Square hot spot Little Donkey ($50 restaurant gift certificate), receive a signed copy of the book Fenway by Dan Shaughnessy and Stan Grossfeld, get 4 Infield Grandstand tickets to a Red Sox game, take a pre-game VIP tour of Fenway Park, and keep a framed reproduction of a Red Sox painting by Susan Miller-Havens.

Estimated value: $1,000
Starting Bid: $600
Availability: Lunch within the calendar year on a date to be set with Dan Shaughnessy; Red Sox tickets and Fenway Park tour — winning bidder must arrange with Red Sox on March 1, 2019 (the day after the Bash)
Donated by: Dan Shaughnessy, the Boston Red Sox, Susan Miller-Havens, and Little Donkey

Miami Beach: Luxury Condo Week Stay

Enjoy the sea and the sand during a week stay in this luxurious Miami Beach condo!  The recently-renovated Pavilion building is located in the Mid Beach/”Millionaires Row” area of Miami Beach, a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek, just a few steps to the beach and a few minutes’ drive to world famous South Beach. The Pavilion has stunning ocean, bay, and city views with year-round bay and ocean breezes.

Estimated Value: $2,600  
Starting Bid:  $900
Availability: by arrangement with the owners several weeks in advance
Donated by: Daniel Serfaty & Irene Mizrahi

Celtics vs. Rockets: 2 Tickets for Sunday, March 3

Watch the Celtics vs the Rockets on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.  Cheer from these great, hard-to-come-by TD Garden seats, 10 & 11 in Loge Section 2 (behind the visitors’ bench, between the basket and the foul line) as the beloved Boston Celtics, battling in the Eastern Conference League, take on the hot Houston Rockets!

Estimated Value: $1,300
Minimum bid $1,000
Availability: Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Donated by: Anonymous

Private Dinner by Chef Carl Dooley

Throw the dinner party of your dreams when Chef Dooley prepares a meal for 4, paired with wine, in your own home! Carl Dooley, Executive Chef of The Table at Season to Taste — and a proud CRLS alum — is wowing diners and critics alike, recently earning Boston Magazine’s highest rating, “Four Stars, Extraordinary” and “Best of Boston” Awards. Chef Dooley learned from the best in the business by cooking in the kitchens of James Beard Award-winning chefs, earned himself the 2015 “Rising Star Chef” Award, and competed on Top Chef (Season 13 in 2016) cooking his way to the Top Five Finals.  Read Devra First’s rave review of A Table at Season to Taste from the Boston Globe.

Estimated Value: Ten Stars, Extra-extraordinary!
Opening Bid: $600
Availability: by arrangement with Chef Carl Dooley
Donated by: Chef Carl Dooley
Photo by: Stephanie Cornell

Online Auction Now Open!

Visit the Bash Event Page and scroll down to see the array of items and experiences, including an exclusive tour of the Broad Institute’s Genomics Platform, a stay in a Cape Cod cottage, sessions with a college consultant, gift cards, theater tickets, books autographed by their distinguished authors, and new ways to enjoy pie, cheese, and wine. You can bid in the online auction, whether or not you attend the Bash on February 28, through Friday, March 1.

To see our Online Auction visit our Event Page>>

Help Make the Bash a Smash!

We’re in need of volunteers to help us run the big event on February 28 at Google in Kendall Square. Make a difference in the educations and futures of CRLS students while you have fun, meet like-minded people, and partake in a delicious smorgasbord and flowing beverages! CRLS students will receive community service credit; be sure to have your forms signed. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Become a 2019 FOCRLS Spring Bash Event Sponsor HERE

More information about becoming an Event Sponsor >>

Thank You to Our
2019 Spring Bash Sponsors

(as of 2/20/19)

Falcon Level: $10,000


Benefactor Level: $2,500

DivcoWest / Cambridge Crossing

Jill Lepore

Elaine Schear
Co-Founder, Friends of CRLS

Trinity Property Management, Inc.

Champion Level: $1,000

Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Anonymous (2)

BioMed Realty

Harvard University

East Cambridge Savings Bank

Irving House

Maria & Greg Jobin-Leeds

Leggat McCall Properties

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Parsnip Restaurant

Supporter Level: $500

Tom & Nancy Akbari


Broadway Marketplace

Cambridge Savings Bank

East Cambridge Business Association

Gerald & Kate Chertavian

Lesley Art + Design

Tracy & Bertil Jean-Chronberg

Jamie Ann Sabino & Richard B. Klibaner

Daniel Serfaty & Irene Mizrahi

3MJ Realty / Ten Essex, Central Square

Become a 2019 FOCRLS Spring Bash Event Sponsor HERE

Jessica, CRLS Class of 2018 recipient of the Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award Sponsored by Cambridge Trust, now enrolled at UMass Lowell, told us: “From my college education in the near future, I hope to create a project or movement that will promote awareness and benefit those in need within our society. I want to use my developing graphic design skills to create statistics and images and post them on a social media platform. I also want to use my skills to advocate for justice and fight against issues in our society so that youth may grow in a positive and safe environment.”
Yigermal, the CRLS Class of 2018 recipient of the “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Award for Engineering, now enrolled at UMass Dartmouth, told us: “As a kid when I was growing up in Ethiopia, I become very interested in engineering. When I was small, I watched an engineering crew build roads in my isolated village. Because of the new roads, the village transformed into a thriving community as new stores and businesses opened up. My two years in Engineering at CRLS increased my desire to learn more and study an electrical engineering in college.”
Smarika, CRLS Class of 2018 recipient of the Rose & Victor Rifkin Family Scholarship, now enrolled at the College of the Holy Cross, told us: “I could not imagine not being in school, reading, analyzing, and discussing different narratives, so I decided to dedicate my learning toward becoming a history professor. Teaching history would not only allow me to explore my passion, but it would also fulfill my dream of helping others. Having been born and raised for my first five years in Nepal, I hope to one day teach abroad and give the same opportunity to another deserving child.”

Donate to ​the FOCRLS General Fund Donate to our Scholarship General Fund

Donate to 100 by 100 Cambridge Business Community Scholarships

Meet a few of our awardees:

Student Travel Fellows Lorra, Isaiah, Summia,
and Reggie in Ecuador, 2018, on a trip that 
included the Galapagos Islands

Thomas, Class of 2018 awardee of the
Juliette Kayyem & David Barron Scholarship
for Children of First Responders — now
studying marine biology at the 
University of Rhode Island
and his family, including his dad, who,
before retiring, served as a
Cambridge police officer for 30 years

Rakeyah (holding FOCRLS sign),
CRLS Class of 2018 recipient of the
“100 by 100” Cambridge
Business Community STEAM Award
for Science, now studying at
UMass Amherst: “I want to become
a biotechnologist to have
experiences where I can not only satisfy
my great passion for science but also help
people be healthier and to find
breakthrough cures that will save lives.”

Lamisa, CRLS Class of 2018 recipient of the
First Scholars Award and the
Dr. David A. Link Scholarship for the

Health Professions, now studying at
Simmons University:
I am now studying Neuroscience,
Computer Science, and Public Health
in hopes to find which one (or two!)
I enjoy best. I’m thankful for receiving these
scholarships and I am the happiest
I could be at Simmons. ” 

Xolotl, Class of 2018 awardee of the
CRLS Core Values Scholarship and the
Colonel & Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial
Scholarship, whose “aspirations are to become
a professor who can write, teach, and research
about Latinx masculinity and gender, and the
unseen impact it has on people’s
everyday lives,” is now studying at
Stanford University.

Spring Bash 2019 Tickets Now on Sale!


Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Hosted and Catered by Google, Kendall Square Delicious Smorgasbord Flowing Beverages Emcee:  Juliette Kayyem Student Performers Live Auction Plus: Online Auction leading up to event until 3/1/19... READ MORE

Become a 2019 FOCRLS Spring Bash Sponsor!


Thanks to the generosity and community spirit of 2018 Spring Bash event sponsors, FOCRLS had a record year in awards:  39 College Scholarships to graduating seniors, 11 Student Travel Fellowships for Ecuador/Galapagos and... READ MORE