July 20, 2017
 
MSPCC Annual Fundraiser Beats Goal to Raise $775K

April 29, 2017 — The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a Boston-based nonprofit that aims to protect and promote the rights and well-being of children and families, this week announced that it raised $775,000 at its annual fundraising dinner, exceeding its goal by $75,000.

The Turning Points event, held April 4 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, raised 17% more than last year's event, even though both events attracted 320 attendees.

All funds raised, representing 38% of the funds raised annually by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), will support its ongoing work.

MSPCC’s Executive Director Mary McGeown pointed to increased sponsorship giving and event re-branding as key factors which enabled the organization to exceed last year’s fundraising level and this year’s goal.

An MSPCC spokesperson said, "After 15-plus years with the same event name, our team wanted to hit the refresh button and so we renamed the event and added interactive opportunities throughout the event for supporters to share."

Funds were raised through sponsorships, table and individual ticket sales, and donations collected on-site through live and silent auctions, and a Fund-a-Cause outreach.

The event honored MSPCC board chair Steve Pagliuca, of Bain Capital LLC and the Boston Celtics, for his 18 years of service to at-risk children and leadership at MSPCC; and presented its first Voice of the Child Award to The Boston Globe in recognition of its "consistent, thorough, and distinguished coverage of child welfare issues."

Attendees included Gov. Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker; Marylou Sudders; secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services; Linda Spears, commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families; and Joan Mikula, commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health.

Incorporated in 1878, MSPCC has been a voice for children and families, advocating for laws on their behalf. Last June, it merged with Lexington-based Eliot Community Human Services to form an agency with 2,000 employees, of which 200 came from the MSPCC, and $115 million in revenue. Kate Markarian, CEO of Eliot Community Human Services, leads the combined agencies.

Last year, MSPCC serviced 27,500 children and families through a variety of programs and services via offices in Holyoke, Hyannis, Jamaica Plain, Lawrence, Lowell, and Worcester.

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