Family Outreach of Amherst "Light Up the Night"

18th Annual Light Up The Night! 2021...REIMAGINED

Since meeting under the stars for a festive evening is impossible, please help us keep the Light Up The Night (LUTN) spirit alive this spring!

Join us for a unique mix of virtual and safe-distanced, in-person events that will help support the families served by Family Outreach of Amherst.


Light Up The Night! 2021…Reimagined Experiences

Chef’s Demonstration

Thursday, April 29, 2021  |  Premieres 6 PM – 7 PM
YouTube presentation

Celebrate spring with 30Boltwood’s Chef Josean Jimenez as he creates the perfect spring dish, Spring Pea Risotto, inspired by FOA’s Light Up the Night event. The dish includes mascarpone, mint, crisp prosciutto. Not in the mood to cook? Let Chef Josean Jimenez prepare this scrumptious meal for dine in or takeout until June 1. Entree price is $24. (YouTube presentation available beginning on April 29th.)

Beautify Your Patio

Saturday, May 8, 2021  |  1 PM – 3 PM
In-person, socially-distanced, outdoor event in a local garden

Love container gardening? Make your own patio planter with Betsy and Laura, the designers of the patio planters at many a LUTN event! Refreshments provided. (Additional $35 fee includes the cost of plants, soil, and containers.)

Wines of Spain

Thursday, May 20, 2021  |  7 PM – 8:30 PM
Virtual event

Grab some friends and enjoy a virtual wine tasting event sponsored by the experts at Provisions Mill District store in North Amherst.  A carefully-curated experience of Spanish wines and an optional snack pack available for purchase from Provisions Mill District store. (More details to follow.)

An Afternoon of Painting

Saturday, May 22, 2021  |  2 PM – 4 PM
In-person, socially-distanced, outdoor event in a local garden. Rain Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021

Channel your inner artist at a painting party with local painter Maggie Hodges. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of painting, inspired by our magical LUTN invitation artwork. Easels and refreshments will be provided. BYO apron. ($10 includes the cost of canvas and supplies.)

Summer Cocktails

Premieres Thursday, June 10, 2021  |  6 PM – 7 PM
YouTube presentation

“Mix It Up” with Bistro 63’s award-winning mixologists and enjoy their summer cocktail selections. Perfect for a party of one or with friends. You provide your favorite spirits. Specially-created mixers available for purchase at the restaurant. Mixer pack price TBD. (YouTube presentation available beginning June 10th.)


For $100 per ticket, you’ll be able to participate in ALL five LUTN! 2021…Reimagined experiences, with an additional charge for supplies (cost varies).  


PLUS…Our LUTN! 2021…Reimagination Celebration Continues with Three Additional Events:

Stone House Farm Spring Bulb Garden Stroll and Talk

May 1, 2021  |  1 PM – 3 PM
In-person, socially-distanced, outdoor event

Join Stone House Farm owner Candi Talley for a spring bulb stroll in her amazing gardens followed by her talk about the evolution of a garden at 2 PM. Refreshments provided. ($25 fee per guest.)

Mill District Outdoor Celebration and Live Auction

June 17, 2021  |  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
In-person, socially distanced, outdoor event

Join us for an early evening of food, wine and spirit tastings culminating with our famous live auction hosted by auctioneer extraordinaire Tony Maroulis. ($50 per guest.)

Online Silent Auction

June 15 – 17, 2021 (closes June 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM)

This three-day event will feature an enticing array of auction items ranging from unique experiences, a Cape Cod getaway, a weekend in Newport, art, outdoor adventures, and special dining experiences. (Requires advance registration. Email [email protected] to sign up.)


FOA depends upon LUTN to raise one-third of our annual budget to ensure families avoid homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, and child abuse. Help us keep the door open by participating in our Light Up The Night 2021…REIMAGINED season of events or by donating today!


Thank You To Our 2021 Sponsors!


Corporate Platinum Sponsors:

Amherst Mindfulness

Corporate Gold Sponsors:

Amity Street Dental
Amherst Business Improvement District
Jones Group Realtors
Jones Properties
Stakeholders Capital

Corporate Silver Sponsors:

HB Financial Group LLC
FTL Labs Corporation

Corporate Bronze Sponsors:

Encharter Insurance

Individual Sponsors:

Sarah & Scott Auerbach
Paul DiBenedetto and Roxane Olevsky
Connie and Bill Gillen
Andrew and Sheilah Jones
Lynn and Bob Logan
Betsy and Bruce McInnis
Tom and Deb Napier
John and Margaret Nunnelly
Sandra and Mark Parent
Christina Platt
Louise Reilly
Scott and Jennie Sandler
Woody and Mila Sherman