Gala Fundraiser Tickets Now Available to Support the Catherine Larkin Memorial Cottage

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From left: Maryellen Larkin, Superintendent Heidi Riccio, Principal Shannon Donnelly, and Robert Larkin at the 2019 Larkin Gala. (Courtesy Photo Essex Tech)
HATHORNE— Superintendent-Director Heidi Riccio Ed.D. is pleased to share that tickets are available for the Homecoming Gala this December to support the Catherine Larkin Memorial Cottage project.


Friday, December 4, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.


Information on attending the remotely held gala will be shared with participants via email following their registration for the event.


Essex Tech is holding the annual Larkin Gala to support the Catherine Larkin Memorial Cottage building project. This year’s gala will be held virtually.
Tickets to the Virtual Larkin Gala are $25 per person. Complete dinners for the Gala will be prepared by the school’s Culinary Department and are also available for purchase for $25 per dinner. Dinners will be available for pick-up at the entrance of Essex Tech’s campus between 3-5 p.m. on the day of the event.
To purchase tickets and meals for the event, click here.
The gala will benefit the Larkin Memorial Cottage project, currently being rebuilt into a multi-use facility, including a historical museum, service kitchen, office space, an exhibit hall, a learning lab, and function space.
The original Larkin Memorial Cottage, built-in 1950, was named after Lt. Catherine Larkin, an alumnus of the Essex County Agricultural School homemaking program and World War II nurse who died in a plane crash in 1945.
Essex Tech held its first Homecoming Gala to support the project last fall, raising $68,000. The district has received approximately $158,000 in donations in total to support the project, which is also being partially funded by a $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant awarded in 2019, to be issued over three years.
Students from Essex Tech’s carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing, construction craft labor, and agriculture programs are all contributing to the new building project and are gaining hands-on experience as they help build the new facility.
In order to fully fund the building project, Essex Tech needs to raise approximately $650,000 in additional donations.
At the gala, Essex Tech will be giving out this year’s Larkin Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes members of the Essex Tech community and its past iterations, including Essex Agricultural and Technical High School, North Shore Technical High School, and Peabody Vocational School, who have demonstrated a commitment to and achievement within the local vocational and/or agricultural industries. To nominate someone for the honor, click here.
A virtual auction will also be held, featuring items created by students in Essex Tech’s technical programs.
To learn more about the Larkin Memorial Cottage project and/or to donate, click here.
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Attendees of the 2019 Larkin Gala. Back row, from left: School Committee Members Gene Demsey, Marc Strout, Wayne Marquis, Bruce Perkins, and Gary Hathaway. Front row, from left: School Committee Member James O’Brien, School Committee Member Francis DiLuna, School Committee Member Valerie Gilman, School Committee Member Alice McDonald, Superintendent Heidi Riccio, School Committee Member James Picone, and Principal Shannon Donnelly. (Courtesy Photo Essex Tech)