June 25, 2017
 
Mass Mentoring Partnership Raises $709K at Gala

March 6, 2017 — Mass Mentoring Partnership, a Boston-based statewide nonprofit that supports and advances youth-adult relationships, announced that it raised $709,000 at its recent gala, which celebrated the organization's twenty-fifth anniversary.

The event was the second largest fundraising event in the history of Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), and one of its best attended events, having attracted 315 people.

MMP, which sought to raise $720,000 from up to 350 people, said the funds, which are still coming in, will help support investments in its core work.

MMP President and CEO Marty Martinez said, "We have essentially met our fundraising goal for the twenty-fifth anniversary gala thanks to our generous sponsors, including Bank of America our presenting sponsor.

"Our honorees also helped connect us with some new donors who supported the event. We were also supported through ticket sales and our mission ask by attendees at the event. We are very pleased with the response to the event."

Two former scholarship winners led the mission ask portion of the program, providing testimonials on how MMP brings resources to the field and helps support young people, which, MMP believes, helped boost results.

The event, held Feb. 28 at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, honored Boston Mayor Marty Walsh with its first Founders’ Award. Walsh was recognized for his help coordinating the Mayor’s Mentoring Movement, a joint initiative with MMP that has recruited more than 1,300 new adult mentors to serve Boston youth.

Also honored were four people who were instrumental in MMP's growth: co-founders Paul O’Brien and Rev. J. Donald Monan; Ted, Debbie, and Sonja Kelly; and former board chair Regina Pisa.

“The event was a tremendous opportunity to look back at our history and honor those who have made the past 25 years possible and to look forward to how we continue expanding our impact to support even more young people in Massachusetts,” said Martinez.

Also sponsoring the gala were Liberty Mutual, the Kelly Family Foundation, Goodwin, ALKU, EY, BNY Mellon, Highland Street Foundation, Yawkey Foundations, and State Street Corporation.

MMP also recognized their 25 Mentors of MMP at the event, individuals and organizations that played an important role in its history as funders, advocates, staff and mentoring program partners. They were: Bank of America, Bennie Wiley, Beth Tallarico, Boston Red Sox, The Connolly Family, David Shapiro, Duane Jackson, EY, First Niagara Foundation in Partnership with KeyBank, Harvey Lowell, Highland Street Foundation, John Mahoney, John Pearson, Larry Fish, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Linda Alioto Robinson, Mass Service Alliance, Randy Seidl, Regina Snowden, Rodman Ride for Kids, Senator Stan Rosenberg, State Street Corporation, Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli, and Yawkey Foundations.

In 1992, O’Brien, then CEO of New England Telephone, and Monan, as president of Boston College, helped found Greater Boston 1 to 1, which later became MMP. He spearheaded a business leadership group to raise awareness and financial support for mentoring and partner with Monan to grow investment in this new organization.

MMP currently serves more than 250 mentoring programs and youth development organizations In Massachusetts that support 33,000 youth annually. To date, MMP has impacted more than 250,000 youth.

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