Friday, September 24, 2021 | 8 p.m. | Conte Forum

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Join Our Family Tradition

In its 29th year, the Pops on the Heights mission still stands strong: uniting BC families for a magical evening in support of financial aid.

Pops on the Heights has made a BC education a reality for more than 2,900 students over the past 28 years. Whether 2021 will be your first year or your 29th year, we promise an enchanting evening of toe-tapping music, Eagle pride, and lasting memories.



This Year’s Special Guest

Train is a multi-GRAMMY and Billboard award-winning band from San Francisco, CA that has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self- titled album. Train’s climb to the top began in San Francisco in 1994, going on to tenaciously building a loyal following, leading up to their own self- titled debut album, released by Columbia in 1998. The tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia” gave them their first radio hit and 2001’s Drops Of Jupiter broke them to multi-platinum status thanks to the double-GRAMMY award-winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40, and snaring the Best Rock Song GRAMMY award by beating out Coldplay and two U2 songs. The group won another GRAMMY award in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the #1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010, from their multi-platinum album Save Me, San Francisco.

Next was 2012’s California 37, which launched the hit “Drive By” reaching the Top 10 in 13 countries. They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including 3 GRAMMY awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors. In 2014 Bulletproof Picasso—the band’s 7th studio album— debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned rave reviews.

Most recently, Train has re-released their well-received holiday album, Christmas in Tahoe, which brings their signature sound to holiday classics as well as several original songs. On Jan. 27th 2017, the band released their 8th studio album, a girl a bottle a boat, via Columbia Records which spawned the lead single, “Play That Song,” hitting Top 5 on the iTunes chart, Top 10 at Hot AC radio, and charting at Adult Top 40.

Train frontman, Pat Monahan, partakes in other ventures outside of music with his newly launched Drops of Jupiter® wine portfolio. Proceeds from the wine support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Train’s 2016 project, Does Led Zeppelin II, a cover album in tribute of their favorite band saw 100% of the band’s proceeds going to Family House.

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Take your seat on the floor as a Pops Table Benefactor, and experience this incredible evening from the best seats in the house while directly supporting student scholarships.

Benefactor tables begin at $35,000 and give you a chance to dine with friends and family on the floor of Conte Forum and gain exclusive access to the Pops on the Heights VIP pre-concert reception, held on the concourse of Alumni Stadium.

Your transformational impact as a Benefactor will help shape the future for so many deserving students.

Become a Benefactor

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Due to the incredible support of the BC community, this year’s Pops on the Heights is sold out.

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 $100 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.