“I’ll Help You Carry On…”
The bright lights and loud music of weddings and parties seemed like a distant memory for Matt Knight. WIth social distancing and stay-at-home orders in effect, his North Shore-based event services company, MK Productions, wasn’t seeing much business. But rather than sitting around and doing nothing, he decided to use his skills to brighten the days, or really nights, of patients and staff at Beverly Hospital.
Matt teamed up with friend Scott Sica, who also owns an event company, to put on a light show to add some fun to an otherwise boring Saturday night in April. They set up lights outside the hospital and lit the entire campus up blue. In the middle of the light show, they projected a message onto the building that read, “Thank you Beverly Hospital heroes.”
But it wasn’t enough for them to just put on a light show. Matt reached out to his former colleagues at radio station North Shore 104.9, who agreed to play specific songs to sync with the light show. At 9 p.m., those listening along saw a spectacle complemented by an appropriate song choice. Club Nouveau’s cover of “Lean On Me,” was chosen to send a message to the people battling COVID-19 and those treating them: “Lean on me when you’re not strong/And I’ll be your friend/I’ll help you carry on.”
The show was Matt and Scott’s way of honoring the night shift workers who aren’t always around for the numerous lunch deliveries that so many companies have generously sent to the hospital during the day. For Matt, it was personal, too. He was born at Beverly Hospital, his father works for Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and his mother works for Anna Jaques Hospital, which are all members of Beth Israel Lahey Health. “I talk to them and I see how fatigued they are from this whole thing,” Matt said.
During the show, Matt and Scott could see patients and staff alike coming to the windows for a closer look and waving to them to say “thank you.”
“I’m glad that everyone enjoyed it,” Matt said.