Tim Russert Summer Groove

The 2018 Tim Russert Summer Groove is on track to be a great night!

The 2018 event Co-chairs are Claire Schaeffer and Amy Sanford

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 and John Loose. We are thrilled to present the 2018 Tim Russert Spirit of Hope Award to Robert Dane.

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Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Family Sponsors

Champion Sponsors

  • Nan & Chuck Geschke

Platinum Sponsors

  • Cox Foundation, Inc.
  • Maureen & John Graf
  • Lucile Hays
  • Jane & John Loose
  • Laura & Bob Reynolds
  • Maureen Orth & Luke Russert

Gold Sponsors

  • Liz McHenry & Gene Assaf

Silver Sponsors

  • Melissa Hutson & Matt Rizzo and Lauren & Chris Casazza
  • Meredith & Dan Doherty
  • Barbara & Amos Hostetter
  • Diane v.S. & Robert Levy
  • Paula & Bernie Swain
  • Bob Wright
  • Robin & Marc Wolpow

Bronze Sponsors

  • Laura & Ray Brusca
  • Maya & Robert Tichio
  • Robbi & Bruce Toll
  • Ginny Grenham & Paul Zevnik


  • Cheney Brothers Building
  • Jeanne Cohane
  • Gazaille Family Charitable Trust
  • Hanley Development
  • EJ Harvey
  • Emeritus LTD
  • Laura Iorio
  • Lauren & Neil Marttila
  • Carla & Jack McDonald
  • Mark McGarvey
  • Amy & Henry Sanford
  • Zona V. Tanner-Butler

In Kind Sponsors

  • Audrey Sterk Design
  • CA Dragon Landscaping
  • Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines
  • Critter Cruise Nantucket
  • David M. Handy Events
  • Egg & Friends by Susan Lazar
  • Laura Fletcher
  • Flowers on Chestnut
  • Follain
  • Go Figure Barre Studios
  • Hand in Home
  • JDN Photography
  • Lemon Press
  • Milly & Grace
  • Nantucket blACKbook
  • Nantucket Looms
  • Nantucket Restroom Rentals
  • Dale & Matilde Sorensen
  • Nathan Coe Photography
  • Nebo Cucina & Enoteca
  • Law Office of Rhoda H. Weinman
  • TownPool
  • Tuckey the Nantucket Whale
  • Yellow Productions