reserve iconYour Benefactor Table Makes Dreams Come True

Each note holds a promise for the future. With their acts of kindness, Pops table benefactors set the stage for a first-class education for hundreds of students. To maximize the impact Pops on the Heights has on financial aid, we offer a variety of Table Benefactor options. Each comes with a VIP pre-concert reception, dinner at your table, and a view of the concert from some of the best seats in the house.


View photos from the 2018 Pops on the Heights gala.

“I am very fortunate to be able to pursue my dream of becoming a neurosurgeon at such a distinguished institution. Without your philanthropic generosity, I would not be at BC. Thank you.”

Our BC Family Tradition

In its 27th year, the Pops on the Heights’ mission still stands strong: uniting BC families together for a magical evening in support of financial aid. When we come together as a community, we can make a transformational impact helping to shape the futures for so many deserving students. This year's Pops guest artist is Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer Leslie Odom, Jr.

Pops on the Heights has made a BC education a reality for more than 2,500 students over the past 26 years.

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September 27, 2019

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Conte Forum

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Due to the incredible support of the Boston College community, this year's concert, on Friday, September 27th, is sold out. If you would like to join our wait list, please click on the button below to complete your contact information and ticket request details. We will contact you if tickets become available.


“Your scholarship means so much to me because it affirms my passion to pursue higher education at Boston College. One day I want to make a difference in another person’s life, just like you have in mine. Thank you again for your generosity and support.”

FAQ icon Frequently Asked Questions

We have answers to all your event and ticket questions and more!

When do the doors open? When does the concert start and end?

-Conte Forum will be open to the public starting at 6 p.m. You must have a ticket to enter Conte Forum. Dinner will be provided at your seat, with student entertainment on stage prior to the start of the concert. The Boston Pops Orchestra will begin playing at 8 p.m. and will finish around 10 p.m.

What kind of food is served?

-Ticket purchasers can expect a light picnic dinner at their seat when they arrive. Bottled water is available in coolers around the concourse. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available by exchanging your meal at our information tables located on the concourse at each entrance.

The Cleary Legacy

Deeply passionate about philanthropy, higher education, and the arts, the late Barbara and James F. Cleary ’50, H’93, founded the annual Pops on the Heights BC scholarship gala in 1993. Jim—a BC Trustee and founder of the Fides and President’s Circle annual giving societies—and Barbara worked tirelessly to help grow the event to become the University's largest annual fundraiser, which has raised $50 million in Pops scholarships. Today, Jim and Barbara's children (Kara '84, MA'91; Kristin '89, JD'93; and Jim Jr.) continue their legacy as Pops benefactors.

In honor of the Clearys, BC has since established the annual James F. Cleary ‘50, H’93, Masters Award, which is given to a fundraising volunteer who exemplifies creativity, dedication, and leadership.