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New date for NEPC dinner dance gala

By
Gordon M. Hochberg, editor emeritus and vice president

The New England Produce Council has announced a date change for its annual dinner dance gala, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.

sdfThe gala, previously set for Feb. 5, will now take place on Saturday, March 26. The venue remains the same: the InterContinental Hotel in Boston.

"Our priority is keeping our members and guests as safe as possible," said NEPC Executive Director Laura Sullivan.

With that in mind, another change is that anyone going to the gala will now need to be vaccinated.

On Dec. 20, 2021, the city of Boston announced that effective Jan. 15, 2022, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for all indoor entertainment, recreation, dining, fitness and other activities in the city of Boston, including all hotel meeting space.

All guests, vendors and affiliated persons who wish to access the meeting and event space as outlined must show proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. The order states that individuals can demonstrate vaccination by showing their CDC vaccination card or a photo of their card, any official immunization record or digital image from a pharmacy or health care provider, or on any COVID-19 vaccine verification app. In addition, the city of Boston has a mask mandate.

As previously announced, the Starry Night Van Gogh-themed gala will include a night of fine food, dancing and great produce people. The council is again partnering with the Friends of Boston's Homeless organization for the annual sock drive. Attendees may bring men's, women's and children's socks to the gala, and all of the donations will be delivered to Friends of Boston's Homeless, which will then distribute to area shelters.

"We are looking forward to another great event with great attendance," said Sullivan. "Many of your New England retailers and wholesalers have registered to attend. You won't want to miss this event!"

For additional information, contact Sullivan by phone 781/640-2751 or email.

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