June 21, 2018
Community Servings Gala Sets a Record by Raising $720K

May 6, 2017 — Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition program that provides services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses, announced that its recently held LifeSavor gala raised $720,000, setting a record for the annual event.

Held this past Thursday at The Langham, Boston, Community Servings said LifeSavor surpassed its fundraising goal by more than $20,000, attracting 850 attendees. Last year's event drew 800 guests and raised $550,000.

Including this week's event, the gala has raised $10 million over the 25 years it has been held.

“The funds raised by LifeSavor make it possible for us to continue providing our critically ill clients with beautiful and delicious medically-tailored meals, when they are unable to feed themselves or their families,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. “We couldn’t accomplish half as much without the unwavering support of our restaurant and corporate partners, who have carried us to this unbelievable $10 million milestone.”

Ninety percent of the funds raised on Thursday will help provide medically tailored meals to homebound, critically ill individuals and their families, the organization said.

The evening began at The Langham with a cocktail party and silent auction that featured tickets to Lady Gaga’s sold out concert, a luxurious trip to Australia, tickets to Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots games, and cooking classes at Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Cooking School.

After the cocktail reception, guests were transported to intimate dinner parties at more than 75 of Boston’s most acclaimed restaurants, including Benedetto, Capital Grille, Craigie on Main, Deuxave, L’Espalier, Mooo...., No. 9 Park, Oleana, Parsnip, and Sorellina. Guests returned to the hotel for an after party.

Key sponsors of the gala were Citizens Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and The Langham, Boston.

Rick Musiol, Jr., senior vice president, public affairs, New England for Citizens Bank and event co-chair. “Surpassing the $10 million goal is an enormous milestone for LifeSavor and everyone that has supported it over the past 25 years. I am so thankful for all those who came out in support this year.”

Added fellow co-chair, Jeff Bellows, vice president, corporate citizenship & public affairs of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, “I’ve been a LifeSavor co-chair for three years and it never ceases to amaze me how the community comes together in support of Community Servings’ mission to feed our most vulnerable neighbors."

Community Servings’ food and nutrition program aids 1,850 clients living with critical and chronic illnesses, like HIV/AIDS, any form of cancer, MS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and more than 30 others, along with their dependent families and caregivers. Its goals are to help clients maintain their health and dignity and preserve the integrity of their families through culturally appropriate, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, and other community programs.

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