The Celtics got all gussied up to kick off their upcoming season

“It’s all about winning here," forward Al Horford said.

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 11, 2018: Boston Celtics tip off the season at the Shamrock Foundation Gala. (photo by Brian Babineau/Boston Celtics)
Boston Celtics tip off the season at the Shamrock Foundation Gala on Oct. 11, 2018. –Brian Babineau/Boston Celtics

Dressed to the nines, Celtics players, coaches, and management all attended the organization’s annual Shamrock Gala at the Westin Boston Waterfront Thursday evening.

The event, emceed by Celtics broadcaster Mike Gorman, auctioned off several items and experiences — including an opportunity to play Fortnite at TD Garden with forward Gordon Hayward that went for $25,000 — and raised more than $1 million for local children’s charities.

“It’s an exciting, fun-filled night that tips off the start of what should be a thrilling season,” Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said.

Aron Baynes. —Scott Eisen/Boston Celtics

Center Aron Baynes received the New England Baptist Hospital Community Champions award, which is given to the player who “best displays outstanding, continuous, and dedicated service to the community.”


The night closed with a panel featuring forward Al Horford, point guard Kyrie Irving, point guard Terry Rozier, center Daniel Theis, and forward Jayson Tatum. The group talked all things basketball, touching on their most recent season, as well as what’s to come.

“People care about what we do, care about winning, and it’s just special,” Horford said. “It’s all about winning here.”

Terry Rozier. —Scott Eisen / Boston Celtics

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