June 21, 2018
Galas Raise Funds to Serve Boston, MetroWest Residents

June 2, 2017 — Two nonprofits, Boston-based Silver Lining Mentoring, which provides mentoring services to youth in foster care, and Needham-based Charles River Center, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, recently raised more than $725,000 at their annual galas.

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) raised $525,000 at its eighth annual Match Gala, surpassing its goal to set a record for the event.

SLM said it aimed to raise $400,000 this year. The $525,000 raised this year, which included a $100,000 challenge match, represents nearly one-third of the organization's annual fundraising goal.

Funds will support ongoing work to provide more than 350 young people with a combination of mentoring relationships, life skills, and housing support.

Funds were raised through ticket sales, sponsorships, live and silent auctions, as well as a fund-a-need event, called Ignite a Match, which raised $200,000 from the 250 attendees at the State Room in Boston.

Scott Knox, SLM board chair, said, “Our volunteer event committee, and especially our event chairs, were extremely committed to the success of the Match Gala. Their successful efforts in bringing on generous corporate sponsors, inviting their friends and colleagues as guests, and preparing their guests for what to expect during the evening is absolutely what brought SLM success on May 16th.”

Last year's gala raised $424,000, which included a $100,000 challenge gift from Robert Kraft.

Charles River Center Gala Raises Over $200K

Charles River Center announced that it raised more than $200,000 at its recent annual fundraising gala to support 950 children and adults from more than 30 MetroWest cities and towns.

The gala, held May 5 at The Westin Waltham, attracted 350 attendees. Funds were raised through sponsorships, table and individual ticket sales, and donations from live, silent, and fund-a-need auctions.

The fund-a-need auction for a health and wellness initiative raised $38,800, surpassing the evening's goal of $25,000.

The event honored Tim McCoy, Owner & Operator of McCoy & Associates, a franchise that owns McDonald’s restaurants in the Boston area, which employs a number of people with developmental disabilities

The organization bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on Richard Delaney, a Charles River Center client, for "his strong work ethic, kind-heartedness, and independence."

“We have been holding this gala for 22 years, and it’s always a festive and inspiring evening as we celebrate outstanding community members and Charles River Center participants. We were very pleased by the generosity of families and supporters again this year,” said Anne-Marie Bajwa, president of the Charles River Center.

The Charles River Center provides services at its Needham and Natick sites, offering vocational training and job placement for adults. It also operates 28 group homes, provides day programs for those with significant needs, and holds vacation and after school programs for children.

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