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Maura Healey, Kim Driscoll hold a TD ‘Garden party’ for inaugural ball


“Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we get to work.”

Those were the words of Gov. Maura Healey at her packed inaugural celebration Thursday night at TD Garden, which serves as the home of the Boston Celtics and was seemingly chosen as a nod to her and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll’s time playing college basketball, a point of pride for both women.

“I will always be a point guard,” said Healey, who played basketball at Harvard University. “It’s about the assist. That’s the statistic that matters.”

The sport’s theme was evident throughout the night’s festivities, which was dubbed the “Moving the Ball Forward” celebration and featured a video where Healey-Driscoll supporters were literally passing a basketball to one another.

The video, which was played after Driscoll spoke, concluded with Healey catching the ball, and saying, “I believe in teamwork. Together we’ll make Massachusetts stronger,” before she came out to speak to the crowd in person.

Having given her official inauguration speech earlier in the day at the State House, it was all pomp and circumstance at the Garden for the first woman to be elected governor of Massachusetts and the first openly-lesbian governor in the country and her running mate, who was also formally inaugurated earlier on Thursday.


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