September 20, 2017
 
Jewish Vocational Service Gala Raises $475K, Setting a Record

May 4, 2017 — Jewish Vocational Service, a Boston-based social services nonprofit, earlier this week announced that it raised $475,000 at its annual fundraising dinner, exceeding its goal by $75,000, setting a record.

Funds raised will be devoted to unrestricted operating support for Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)

The event, called Elevate, held April 25 at the InterContinental Hotel, which raised nearly $100,000 more than last year, was attended by 400 people, 50 more than expected and 75 more than last year. Funds were raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, and a live appeal, which itself raised a record amount during the gala.

In contrast to earlier galas, when JVS featured one client success story, this year it highlighted three distinct client success stories to highlight the range of JVS services.

Jerry Rubin , CEO of JVS, credited this year's success to robust sponsorships, a community that strongly supported the honoree, and a message that resonates widely, noting, “It is clear that inclusion, openness, and opportunity are values that lift both the moral and economic quality of our community when you meet our clients, whose remarkable talent, energy, and strength has served them well on their journey to success.”

This year’s honoree was David Rosenberg, CEO of Prime Motor Group. Gov. Charlie Baker attended the event and presented Rosenberg with his award. Rosenberg first became involved with JVS through its Transitions to Work program, which trains adults with disabilities, helping them develop job skills. Four graduates from the program are employed at Prime.

Lead sponsors of the gala included the Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Wal-Mart, Partners HealthCare, CVS Health, and Prime Motor Group. Attendees included state treasurer Deb Goldberg; Barry Shrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies; Rick Lord, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts; Eliot and June Tatelman; and Bob Infantino CEO of Rockport.

Since 1938 JVS has provided skills training, education, job placement, and career development support to tens of thousands of individuals, many of them immigrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty. Programs span from providing employment services to refugees, to educational programs that help our students prepare for college or get certified in the biotechnology, nursing, and pharmacy fields.

Last September, JVS announced the successful completion of a two and a half year capital campaign that aimed to raise $6 million to fully fund its downtown Center for Economic Opportunity. JVS had been located at 29 Winter Street, and the campaign provided funding not only for the renovation of the entire third floor of 75-101 Federal Street, but also added capacity building funds.

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