November 17, 2017
 
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Raises $281K via Annual Walk

April 30, 2017 —The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that works to end sexual violence, announced that its Walk for Change, held last week, raised $281,340, setting a record for funds raised through the annual event.

The funds will support services provided by the organization, including a 24-7 hotline, counseling, medical advocacy, assistance with legal and financial matters, and community education.

“Our communities showed an incredible commitment to ending sexual violence and to raising the funds we need to provide free services to survivors and their families, ”Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).

She added, "over the past three months, national debate around social justice issues, including sexual violence, has dominated the headlines. The public has responded with never-before-seen support for national organizations leading the advocacy, legal, and service efforts for the most vulnerable members of our community. We are heartened to see that that support extends also to local organizations like ours that are deeply engaged in the work of making our world a safer place for everyone.”

The walk, described as the largest gathering in New England raising awareness of sexual violence, sought to raise $170,000 and attract 1,500 participants. It drew 1,709 participants, including walkers from 25 area colleges and high schools.

This year's results surpassed last year's by 36%, both in terms of funds raised and number of participants.

Funds were raised from grassroots fundraising by participating walkers—which alone generated $222,865—as well as through registration fees, and sponsorships, representing about 18% of funds that BARCC expects to raise privately this year.

Sponsors included 90+ Cellars, Accunet, Bentley University, Citizens Commercial Bank, Goodwin, Insource Services, Inc., Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Northeastern University, Ropes and Gray, Sanofi Genzyme, and Uber. Community sponsors were Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston IT Services (BITS), Curry College, Eastern Bank, Eaton Vance, Emerson College, ExecuSpace Construction Corporation, Foley Hoag LLP, Funding Change Consulting, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mount Ida College, Partners HealthCare, Sherin & Lodgen LLP, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Kennedy Elsey, host of the Mix 104.1 Morning Show, emceed the morning rally, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley delivered the keynote speech. The Diamond Family Circus Teen Troupe performed at the pre-Walk rally, with participants taking part in morning yoga, a photo booth, face painting, food trucks, lawn games, and other activities.

Established in 1973, BARCC has worked to end sexual violence, by, among other actions, empowering survivors of sexual violence to heal and providing education and advocacy for social change to prevent sexual violence. BARCC provides free, confidential support to survivors of sexual violence and their families and friends. It also works with high schools, colleges, police, organizations, and communities to advocate for change by providing training in how to respond to survivors and create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place.

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