Tim Russert Summer Groove

The 2019 Tim Russert Summer Groove will be held on August 17th, 2019

The 2019 event Co-chairs are 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.

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Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Family Sponsors

Champion Sponsors

  • Nan & Chuck Geschke

Platinum Sponsors

  • Liz McHenry & Gene Assaf
  • Maureen & John Graf
  • Lucile W. Hays
  • Beth Wilkinson & David Gregory
  • Karen & Allan Levine
  • Jane & John Loose
  • Maureen Orth & Luke Russert
  • Laura & Robert Reynolds

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • Cox Family Foundation
  • Meredith & Dan Doherty
  • Barbara & Amos Hostetter
  • Diane v.S & Robert Levy
  • Maya & Robert Tichio
  • Robin & Marc Wolpow
  • Susan & Robert Wright

Bronze Sponsors

  • Laura & Ray Brusca
  • Lauren Casazza & Christopher Rizzo, Mellisa & Matt Hutson
  • Glidden & Glidden, PC
  • Paula & Bernie Swain
  • Robbi & Bruce Toll
  • Villa Infinity View: Dennis Erickson, Henry Helgeson & Zach Harvey


  • Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
  • Cheney Brothers Building
  • Flowers on Chestnut
  • Denis Gazaille
  • Lauren & Neil Marttila
  • Mark McGarvey
  • Nantucket Magazine
  • Sanford Family
  • Claire & Justine Schaeffer
  • Ginny Grenham & Paul Zevnik

In Kind Sponsors

  • A Salty Soul
  • Bartlett's Farm
  • Cape Air
  • Cisco Brewers
  • Chef Owner Dan Kluger, Loring Place
  • Chef Owner Marco Moreira, Tocqueville, Italian Wine Merchants
  • Claire & Justin Schaeffer
  • Crane & Lion
  • Critter Cruise
  • David M. Handy Events
  • Dennis Erickson, Henry Helgeson & Zach Harvey
  • Fisher Real Estate
  • Flowers on Chestnut
  • Jane & John Loose
  • JDN Photography
  • Lauren Marttila Photography
  • Liz McHenry & Gene Assaf
  • Madaket Marine
  • Matilde & Dale Sorensen
  • Milly & Grace
  • Minihan Nutrition
  • Monika Rudnicka
  • Nantucket Bank, a division of Blue Hills Bank
  • Nantucket Looms
  • Nantucket Tug Company
  • Native Shoes
  • Nebo Cucina & Enoteca
  • Nosara Surf School
  • Robert Cameron
  • Robert Dane
  • Spindrift
  • St. Regis Hotel
  • Supta Yoga Nantucket
  • The Lovely
  • Yellow Productions