31 Nights of Light 2018

On Saturday, December 29, 2018, The Arc of Massachusetts took part in the Prudential Center, Boston’s 10th Annual 31 Nights of Light program. Every night during the month of December, the Prudential Tower is lit up in a different color to honor the work of a local nonprofit organization. On December 29, the Prudential Tower was lit up “The Arc Orange” that evening in honor of The Arc of Massachusetts’ work enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We were delighted to once again take part in this program, which we last participated in during the 2016 season.

As part of our lighting event, a ceremony was held in the Prudential’s Center Court, featuring performances and remarks by three talented individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.


Helen Coppenrath is a 15-year-old saxophonist with autism. Music has helped Helen learn how to communicate more clearly, and she excels in playing the alto saxophone, the flute, and the piano. She also has perfect pitch. In addition to music, Helen is a skilled cook, and one of her biggest passions is the Angry Birds series of games and toys.

Brian Heffernan is a 28-year-old public speaker and advocate with Down syndrome. Brian works three days of the week at the Massachusetts State House, in the offices of Governor Charlie Baker, Representative Kay Khan, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo. He also works one day a week as a bagger at Star Market. He is an avid history buff, a passionate Boston sports fan, and a total political junkie.

Scott Lentine is a 31-year-old with autism. He works as a policy intern at The Arc of Massachusetts one day per week, helping The Arc’s Government Affairs team with communications with legislators. In addition to his political advocacy and passion, Scott is a talented poet.

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