This year’s HARVEY BALL, on World Smile Day, Friday, October 2 from 7PM EST will be THE FREE VIRTUAL event of the fall! “We have a spectacular show being planned by professional technicians and a great committee, that will feature THE BEST entertainment ever!” commented Worcester Historical Museum executive director, William Wallace.

ATTENDANCE to this year’s virtual HARVEY BALL will be FREE!

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of THE HARVEY BALL, WHM is pleased to present this year’s 20 fabulous recipients:

“The Big 3” (for keeping our city safe—City Manager Edward Augustus, Medical Director Michael Hirsh, MD, Mayor Joseph Petty) Melanie Bonsu * State Senator Harriette L. Chandler NBC’s The Voice 2019 Runner-up Ricky Duran * Judge Martha Grace * Judi Kirk Satya Mitra, Ph.D. * AiVi Nguyen, Esq. * NBC’s The Voice 2016 Winner Alisan Porter POW! WOW! Worcester * St. John’s Food Pantry * stART on the Street * Imrana Soofi * Nellie Toney * Dolly Vazquez Vision for Worcester (Paul Demoga, Esq., Edward Madaus) Dee Wells * James Welu * WooFood Favorites (George’s Coney Island, Table Talk Pies) Worcester Women’s Oral History Project

The Ball will feature a week-long ONLINE SILENT AUCTION by very talented artists, and a FACEMASK CHALLENGE. Pre-packaged DINNERS and SMILEY PARTY PACKS will be available for purchase shortly if you wish to plan an in-home small gathering or one at a participating restaurant (TBA) the night of The Ball. Start planning your exciting event NOW!

As we celebrate during this time of face masks and social distancing, we are pleased to announce that as a special gift to THANK all who support Worcester, Mr. Harvey Ball and his world-famous Smiley icon, Worcester Historical Museum, and to all our amazing first responders, members, donors and friends…

Please spread-the-word to friends, family, colleagues, customers, etc., etc. and have them REGISTER at

To ensure that all guests receive the event ZOOM LINK DIRECTLY, we recommend that participants register THEMSELVES at and click on The Harvey Ball 2020 logo. The ZOOM LINK/PASSWORD to participate will be emailed to REGISTERED guests with EMAILS ONLY. The link is typically sent the day before the event and again the day of the event by 4PM EST.

We look forward to “seeing” you on October 2!

THANK YOU to all and especially to the sponsors who are enthusiastically endorsing the FREE attendance for our great city.
Due to ever changing coronavirus guidelines, some information may be subject to change without notice. We are doing our best to navigate the latest technology and may be able to offer additional viewing platforms…so stay tuned to your weekly eNewsletter. If you experience technical difficulties or would like assistance, call 508-753-8278 ext. 121, and we would be happy to try and help. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all try to navigate new electronic territory.

About “The Harvey” – Worcester Historical Museum is proud to honor the memory of and legacy of Harvey Ball and his world-famous creation, Smiley Face. The “Harvey” is presented annually to an individual, organization, or group of individuals whose commitments have made a difference in the city of Worcester…and helped people throughout the community smile.

PAST RECIPIENTS: Allen W. Fletcher, Denis Leary, Leslie Courtney, John W. Spillane, Charles F. Monahan, Jr., Richard B. Kennedy, Timothy P. Murray, Jane Petrella, Mary DeFeudis, The Crowley Family, Myles, and Jean McDonough, Michael V. O’Brien, Mary, and Warner Fletcher, Charles P. Ball, Canal District Alliance, Mark and Janice Fuller, Patty Eppinger, Cliff Rucker, Dale LePage

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