31 Nights of Light 2019

The Arc of Massachusetts lights up the Prudential Center in The Arc Orange for third year

On Saturday, December 28, The Arc of Massachusetts took part in the Prudential Center's 11th Annual 31 Nights of Light.

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.

This was The Arc's third year participating, as we previously took part in 2016 and 2018. This year, The Arc coordinated a ceremony featuring the traditional flipping of the switch, which officially lit the Prudential Tower up in our signature orange hue.

In addition, we were lucky enough to be joined by our 2019 Gala honoree, Braeden Yee, a 13-year-old piano prodigy with autism. Braeden performed a concert for the dozens of attendees, countless more passersby, and hundreds of viewers on Instagram, consisting of Christmas carols and traditional wintry favorites like "Good King Wenceslas," "Let It Snow," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Carol of the Bells."

We're grateful to all who attended and made this festive evening so much fun!

Meet Braeden Yee

Braeden Yee is a 13-year-old piano prodigy, who also happens to have autism and global developmental delays. He has dealt with many other complex medical issues over the years. When he was younger, he developed speech very late, and it was difficult to communicate with him. But, his mother, Kim Walsh, learned that she was able to reach him through music. Even just communicating in singsong phrases got through to him more than speaking ever would. “Music is the center of who he is,” according to Kim.

Braeden’s connection to music has only strengthened with time. At age five, Braeden began to take adaptive piano lessons, while his older sister, Mia, took standard lessons. In hardly any time at all, Braeden was able to perform what he was learning in his own lessons, as well as his sister’s lessons, ringtones, jingles, and much more. He was able to play things entirely by ear, aided in large part by what was soon discovered to be perfect pitch. He has since gone on to become quite a performer, taking part in school talent shows and fundraisers, and entertaining senior citizens at Brightview Senior Living.

Braeden was one of The Arc's Leading by Example Gala Champions, and we're thrilled to have him join us once again for our 2019 31 Nights of Light event.

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