November 17, 2017
 
Rosie’s Place Annual Gala Posts a Record by Raising $725K

May 25, 2017 — Rosie’s Place, a Boston-based nonprofit community center for poor and homeless women, announced that its recent gala raised $725,000, beating its goal by 27% to set a fundraising record for the annual event.

The Safe and Sound gala, held May 11 at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, drew its largest crowd ever of 300 attendees, and surpassed the amount raised last year by 32%.

Funds raised from the this year's gala will support the overall mission of Rosie’s Place, including emergency services, including shelter, meals, a food pantry, free ESOL classes, job and housing assistance, and outreach services.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends,” said Rosie’s Place Vice President of External Relations Leemarie Mosca. “There were a number of factors for our success: more event sponsors, an increase in attendance, and new technology for auction bidding. As we continue to provide our services with not one cent of government funding, we are especially grateful by this outpouring of support for our work.”

Funds were raised via event chairs, table hosts, patrons and supporters; a silent and live auction; a “mystery box” raffle; and through fund-a-need donations collected at the gala.

Susan Wornick and WBUR’s Bill Littlefield served as co-emcees.

The evening featured food stations representing nine of Boston’s best restaurants, including Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, The Farmer’s Daughter, Flour Bakery, Harvest, Hojoko and o ya and Tres Gatos. Chefs Andy Husbands (Smoke Shop, Tremont 647), David Punch (Little Big Diner and Sycamore) and Eric Swartz (Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse) were on hand to add their personal touches to their dishes.

Event chairs were Bank of America, Christina and Michael Gordon, Anne Kubik and Michael Krupka, Marriott Daughters Foundation, Michele May and David Walt, OMAM, Deb and Mark Pasculano, and Winston Flowers.

Established in1974, Rosie’s Place aims to provide a safe, nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security, annually serving 12,000 women, ages 18 – 80, with a staff of 58 full-time and 14 part-time employees. It evolved from providing meals and shelter to creating permanent solutions through advocacy, education, and affordable housing.

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