The Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) in Partnership with NECN Presents: “One Night Live” A Virtual Telethon to Benefit the Restaurant Strong Fund

    The Massachusetts Restaurant Association in association with NECN will be present “One Night Live,” a live streaming telethon this Sunday, May 17th, 2020 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM to benefit The Greg Hill Foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund. The show will bring together musicians, comedians, professional athletes, celebrities, local politicians, chefs and more; performing special creative one-time performances, interviews, special shoutouts and more!

    Slated to perform are BMI singer/songwriter Sam James from NBC’s the Voice, Grammy nominated songwriter and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi Grammy awardwinning songwriter Lori McKenna, as well as nods from Boston musicians such as G. Love and many more!

    Chef and culinary appearances include: Chef Robert Irvine, Chef Tiffani Faison, Chef Michael Schlow, Chef Will Gilson, Chef Douglass Williams, Chef Dave Becker, Chef Michael Scelfo, Chef Ming Tsai, Chef Joanne Chang, Chef Nick Calias, Chef Paul Turano, Chef Jason Santos, Chef Colton Coburn-Wood, Matt White, Restaurateurs: Kathy Sidell, Ryan Dion, Steve DiFillippo, Jeff Gates, Nancy Caswell, Mohamad El Zein, Robert Harris and many, many more!

    From the world of sports and entertainment look forward to seeing appearance from: Comedian Tony V, former Boston Red Sox, Pedro Martínez, Jason Varitek, from the New England Patriot’s Matthew Slater, former Boston Bruins and restaurateur Ray Bourque with others joining the bill daily!

    Appearances from members of the food and lifestyle media community include: Greg Hill from the Greg Hill Morning Show, Billy Costa + Jenny Johnson from Dining Playbook, Scott Kearnan, Food Editor from Boston magazine, Olivia Vanni creator of Served from the Boston Herald, Molly Ford from The Food Lens, Dave and Dan Andelman from The Phantom Gourmet, Erin Kuschner Food Writer,, Dana Cowin, editor, author and radio show host, best known for her two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine, ESPN’s Steve Levy,  KISS 108’s Mikey V and Zoe Bucuvalas from Dirty Water Media to name a few!

    Hosted by Anna Rossi from NBC10 Boston’s The Hub Today, the goal of this event is to above all raise vital funds for the Restaurant Strong Fund which is a collaboration between The Greg Hill Foundation and Samuel Adams to support those from the restaurant industry here in Massachusetts who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Beyond streaming on and NECN Facebook, the live show will be shared via Facebook by over 1500+ restaurant’s social platforms across the State of Massachusetts and presents one of the largest opportunities in the country to help displaced employees

    Tune in live to NECN’s Facebook’s on Sunday, May 17th, 2020 from 7:00PM-9:00PM to see all the action!

    About Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA): Founded in 1934, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) is a trusted not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of the foodservice industry in the state of Massachusetts. The MRA exists to help food and beverage providers succeed through education, cost-savings programs, networking, and government advocacy. Together with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the MRA works to promote current and future industry leaders. Learn more at

    About The Greg Hill Foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund: The Greg Hill Foundation and Samuel Adams have teamed up to support those from the restaurant industry across the country who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. To celebrate 20 years on the air at WAAF in Boston, Greg Hill formed a foundation in June of 2010 that would respond to the immediate needs of families that had been touched by tragedy. Feeling a strong obligation to communities that had supported his radio show, he wanted to create a foundation that would be able to harness his incredibly generous media audience and that would be able to assist in a tragic time at a moments notice. Learn more at

    Julie Fairweather
    One of the founders of Dirty Water Media, Julie Fairweather serves as the company’s managing editor, marketing director and contributing writer/producer. In addition to her work with Dirty Water Media, Julie is also an award-winning journalist with 20+ years experience developing marketing and public relations strategies for emerging businesses. Julie has also worked as an assignment manager and reporter for WLVI-TV 56 in Boston and a news anchor and reporter from an NBC affiliate in North Platte, NE. Julie is a past President and former Executive Director of The Publicity Club of New England, a 300-member trade organization for the Greater Boston public relations community. She also taught broadcast journalism and radio and television producing at her alma mater Emerson College in Boston, MA. Her most accomplished position is as the mother to her three amazing children.




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