The 2019 Tim Russert Summer Groove was held on August 17th, 2019
The 2019 event Co-chairs were Claire Schaeffer and Alexa Coleman
The event has evolved since its conception, seventeen years ago. In 2002, the then Nantucket Boys & Girls Club Chair, Frenchie Doucette and then Trustee, Marty Teixeira created the first “Summer Groove” event, which consisted of a buffet dinner and concert by The Pointer Sisters. The event took place downtown at the former Gray Lady Marine (now the Great Harbor Yacht Club). A highlight of the event was the Master of Ceremonies, Tim Russert. This signaled the beginning of Tim’s relationship with the Club, as he joined the Board of Trustees in 2003 and continued as the Master of Ceremonies of the event each year, until his passing in 2008.
Growing up as a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo, New York, Tim had a passion for Boys & Girls Clubs. He was also passionate about Nantucket and the island’s youth. He believed in giving back to the community, and did so with great pleasure. Tim was an active part of the Summer Groove event committee each year and was instrumental in its success as a fundraiser. As Master of Ceremonies, he always donned a Nantucket Boys & Girls Club t-shirt. He encouraged guests to be festive, and most importantly, generous to the Club.
In 2009, the event was renamed to honor Tim, and the Tim Russert Spirit of Hope Award was established to continue his legacy. The award is presented to individuals who are ardent supporters of not only the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, but are also philanthropic within the broader Nantucket community. The award is intended to emanate Tim’s enthusiasm and genuine desire to care and give hope to Nantucket’s youth. Past recipients include Lucile W. Hays, Maureen Hackett, Chuck Geschke, Robin and EJ Harvey, Richard Glidden, Zona V. Tanner-Butler, Thomas Bresette, John Loose and Robert Dane.
This year we honored Maureen Orth and Luke Russert who accepted the award in recognition of Tim’s commitment to the Boys & Girls Club and their commitment to carry on the tradition.