May 21, 2018
Cardinal Cushing Centers Gala Fetes 70 Years, Raises $430K

June 15, 2017 — Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover, a nonprofit that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this week announced that its annual gala, held in connection with its seventieth anniversary, raised $430,000, exceeding its goal by $30,000.

The amount raised at the event, which drew 420 attendees to the Seaport Hotel, Boston, was comparable to amounts raised in recent years.

“We are thrilled to report that our 2017 Springtime gala exceeded our fund-raising goals,” said Jansi D. Chandler, vice president of development at Cardinal Cushing Centers. “I attribute the success to a devoted and hard-working gala committee. We are so grateful for all who chose to spend the evening with us in support of our mission and in celebration of seventy years of changing lives.”

Funds were raised from sponsorship opportunities, ticket sales, a silent auction, and a fund-a-need appeal, enabling the organization to raise nearly $100,000 at the Springtime gala. "Mobile bidding continued to yield good results and elicited positive feedback from our guests for the second year in a row, said Chandler.

The gala generated 25% of the funds Cardinal Cushing Centers expects to raise this year.

Joanne Y. Jaxtimer, former co-head of global philanthropy at BNY Mellon, received the Richard Cardinal Cushing award "for demonstrating humility, compassion, and dedication to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities."

Sponsors included Ted and Maureen English; NFP; Century Bank; Rita and Phillip Harris; The TJX Companies, Inc.; South Shore Bank. Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV emceed the event.

A highlight of the evening was a fashion show featuring students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who walked the runway alongside celebrity models including Melissa M. MacDonnell, president of Liberty Mutual Foundation; Katy O’Neil, executive vice president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Marylou Sudders, secretary of Health & Human Services; and Jeff Bellows, vice president of corporate citizenship and public affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Founded in 1947 as a day and residential school for students with intellectual disabilities, Cardinal Cushing Centers, now supports more than 600 individuals of all ages, with the goal of helping each student and adult to become included and independent members of society. Programs include, among others, affordable housing, community programs, education, employment training, recreational, therapeutic, and residential services.

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