Biotech Bands Battle for Charity

May 20, 2014

BOSTON – May 20, 2014 – The second annual Battle of the Biotech Bands was held last Thursday at the Royale nightclub in Boston's theatre district.  Hosted by Emmy Award-winning arts and entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik, over 700 guests watched bands from three biotech companies battle for charity, raising over $60,000.  

The band Bad Idea from Merrimack Pharmaceuticals took top honors, benefiting their selected charity, Dream Day of Cape Cod, with 50% of the night's proceeds.  "It is especially meaningful for us at Merrimack to help put this worthy charity on the map, and give them the attention that their great work deserves", said Merrimack CEO Robert Mulroy.

Momenta Pharmaceuticals’ Aural Gavage did a great set, rousing the crowd and earning 25% of the purse for their charity, the Jolane Solomon Research Fund at Boston College.

And Molecular Groove from Perkin Elmer performed a strong set of rocking covers and earned 25% of the purse for their charity, the American Cancer Society.

Last year's winning band, the Biogen Idec Blues Band also performed a set to warm up the crowd.

Judges included famed rocker Charlie Farren, who opened the evening with a performance of his new single "Hold me down and love me".  Boston DJ Candy O'Terry, host of Magic 106.7's morning show and Steve Morse, rock music critic for The Boston Globe were also judges.  Kulhawik and the judges all donated their time to this charitable event.

The Arts and Business Council of Boston served as the fiscal agent of the event, without which it could not have been produced.  Affiliated with Arts Boston, the Council supports just this kind of event, uniting the arts, business and charity.  Co-chairs Sylvia Beaulieu of The Richmond Group and Carly Bassett of Total Office ran the event, supported by volunteers from their companies and from last year's founding sponsors Perkins+Will.  The committee would like to thank the 38 Sponsors who made this event possible.

Kulhawik summed up the spirit of the evening by noting how remarkable it is that "these brilliant men and women of science, who spend their days developing medicines and cures for serious diseases, can rock out with such talent and energy!"

About Perkins+Will Boston

Serving clients throughout New England and beyond, Perkins+Will's Boston practice is anchored in their ability to unite existing context with transformative design. They design for the future "sustainability and flexibly" while honoring the cultural and physical context of each project’s location. They are known for their design ingenuity, technical expertise, and unswerving commitment to their clients, including University of Massachusetts, Bentley University, Smith College, Colorado State University, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.  

About Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm founded in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually from among the firm’s 24 offices and 1,500 design professionals, Perkins+Will is ranked as one of the top global design firms. Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms due to its innovative research, design tools, and expertise. The firm's 1,500 professionals are thought leaders developing 21st century solutions to create spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live, and learn. Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of Perkins+Will’s culture and every year the company donates 1% of its design services to pro bono initiatives. For more information, visit’



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