UPDATE: Ben Carcio, one of the event’s organizers, told BostInno in an email:
100% of the Tech Co-Party excess money goes to charity, given that BPD closed the bar early we have some extra money to donate. So we just made a $500 donation to the Boston Police Foundation. The [Boston Police Department] has had a tough year, and we hope there are no hard feelings.
Last night around 7:30 p.m., hundreds of members of the city’s innovation community headed to the Revere Hotel for the Boston Holiday Tech Co-Party.
Just a few hours into the event, however, Boston Police Department’s licensing division stormed the venue and shut down the bar, on account that having an open bar was against the law for events charging admission, reports Universal Hub.
This was the fourth-ever “Co-Party,” organized and sponsored by a handful of Boston startups, companies, investors and tech law firms. Admission this year ran startup teams $50 per ticket, while individuals paid $40 to secure a spot on the guest list.
Though the exact time this morning of the police’s involvement is still up in the air, it seems that the interference occurred after 12:30 a.m.
Read the Twitter conversation attempting to explain the details and sparked by Innovation Economy writer Scott Kirsner below: