This year's concert by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will feature the return of conductor John Williams and a performance by the Boston College Chorale.
The Pops on the Heights gala has raised millions of dollars for a University scholarship fund. Ten new Pops scholarships will be awarded this fall, bringing to 32 the number of BC students who are benefiting from the concert fund.
Boston College Trustee Associate James F. Cleary devised the idea of the Pops gala as a way for the University to increase its scholarship endowment while offsetting dwindling federal and state aid. In its first year, 1993, the Pops concert grossed more than $800,000, and topped the million-dollar mark last year.
Cleary and a 20-member executive committee of alumni promote the sale of $25,000 corporate sponsorships and 100 benefactor packages priced at $7,000 apiece, which are the financial foundation of the fund-raising effort.
More than 8,000 tickets are sold at $25, $50, $75 and $100. Included in the price of a ticket are a gourmet picnic dinner and refreshments and, in the highest price range, invitation to a private cocktail reception.
In addition, 500 elementary and junior high school students from the greater Boston area attend the concert each year as invited guests.
A waiting list has been established should any tickets become available for the show. Ticket information is available from the Pops on the Heights office at (800) 767-5591.
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