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Even though the ongoing pandemic forced Regis College’s annual Let It Shine Gala to go virtual, the spirit of the Regis community still shines bright.

More than 250 people participated in and supported the event, which was once again emceed by Vice President for Marketing and Communications Kelley Tuthill and featured remarks by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

By night’s end, the university raised more than $400,000 for student scholarships, and that number is expected to rise.

“Your generosity will make a real difference in the lives of so many students who benefit from scholarship support,” Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, said in a thank you video to the community.

Watch the program here

This year’s honorees were the Regis College health care heroes; students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have been on the front lines this year battling COVID-19 around the world.

Nursing alumni shared their experiences from the past several months, from the challenges to the outpouring of support they have received from the Regis community. Alexa Petkewich ’22, a Sister Thérèse Higgins, CSJ, Scholar from the Young School of Nursing spoke about the importance of scholarships like the ones funded through the gala that allow her and other students to attend Regis and pursue their goals.

Among the evening’s speakers who offered their gratitude to the health care heroes were Sister Lee Hogan ’61, CSJ, a member of the Regis Board of Trustees and president of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

And there is still time to make a gift by visiting the Let It Shine website.