Playing Tunes and Raising Funds for Joslin Pediatrics

For the past 25 years, Mel Stiller has spent his Friday nights playing tunes and leading sing-a-longs in the piano bar at Jacob Wirth Restaurant in Boston. Patrons eat, drink, and sing oldies and classic rock songs from 8 until midnight. To commemorate the 25th anniversary, Stiller and the restaurant will be hosting a fundraiser for Joslin Diabetes Center in honor of Stiller’s 9 year-old granddaughter, Carly,  who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last year.

Stiller says the diagnosis brought with it feelings of sadness and worry, knowing that Carly would have to deal with diabetes for the rest of her life.

“As any parent or grandparent knows, it is frustrating to see a child or grandchild become ill and not be able to do anything about it. Having a fundraiser was an opportunity to at least try to do something to help Carly and other children with diabetes,” he said. The donations from the fundraiser will go to Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund, specifically the Joslin Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Programs, as a gift of thanks for the care that Carly is receiving.

The fundraiser kicked off strong on Feb. 7 at Jacob Wirth Restaurant, located at 31-37 Stuart St. in the Theatre District, and continues on Feb. 14, 21 and 28. Guests will be able to take part in a sing-a-long with Mel and will also be given the chance to support Joslin Diabetes Center.  If a guest orders the German Tasting Menu, a four-course meal, $15 will be donated to Joslin. If two guests at the table order the German Tasting Menu, they will get a discount on the meals and the full $30 will be donated to Joslin.  

Stiller hopes to raise $5,000 with this fundraiser and would like the money to go towards projects that are currently unbudgeted, including computers for the pediatric playroom and a possible research project or two. The event will be a great way to celebrate 25 years of sing-a-longs at Jacob Wirth and to give back to Joslin, an organization that is important to Stiller and his family.

Reservations are needed for this event. To reserve a table, visit or

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