May 20, 2018
Kennedy-Donovan Center Event Raises $118K, Setting a Record

April 9, 2017 — Kennedy-Donovan Center, a Foxboro-based nonprofit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities in eastern Massachusetts, announced that its annual Spring Celebration, held earlier this month, raised $118,000, exceeding its goal by 18% and setting a record.

Aubrey Macfarlane, president and CEO of Kennedy-Donovan Center (KDC) lauded the 210 attendees for their support.

KDC sought to raise $100,000 from 200 attendees. Last year, the event raised $92,000. This year's Celebration, held at Lombardo’s in Randolph, will provide 20% of all funds raised by KDC in 2017.

The funds raised will go directly to KDC's Special Education School, a Chapter 766-approved private day school serving the towns of southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, which serves students, age 3 – 21, with autism, developmental delays, multiple disabilities, neurological disorders, physical disabilities, or who are medically fragile.

Funds were raised through general donations, ticket sales, sales of KDC's signature drink, called the School Spirit, which raised over $1,200, and an auction that generated $55,000. Fund-A-Need donations raised $23,000.

Sponsorships generated $50,000 up from $36,000 last year.

KDC said that having two board Members, Anthony Karamas and Brad Pineault, host the event helped boost turnout and funds raised.

Charleen Ferland shared her family’s journey with KDC’s School and the important role KDC has played in providing services to her daughter for the past 16 years. The crowd was moved to their feet by her account of life with Pitt Hopkins syndrome and "the incredible impact" KDC has had on her family.

"This is a place where the cant’s, wont’s and never’s actually do happen, a place where any and all abilities are encouraged, fostered and worked on to expand quality of life,” said Ferland.

Sponsors included Webster Bank, IneoQuest Technologies, and The TJX Companies.

Established in 1969, KDC offers an array of human services and used the Spring Celebration as a platform for raising awareness to the first program KDC opened, which was the Special Education School.

KRC today serves more than 6,000 people with developmental delays, disabilities, or family challenges in 160 communities in eastern and south central Massachusetts, and the northeast corner of Connecticut through 10 program offices and 16 residences with nearly 550 employees.

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