September 25, 2017
 
City Year Boston Rises $1.8M at Annual Starry Night Gala

July 6, 2017 — City Year Boston, an education nonprofit that partners with the Boston Public School, recently announced that its annual Starry Night gala raised $1.8 million, which will support AmeriCorps members over the next year.

City Year Boston said the amount raised at the event, held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel, was similar to the amounts raised in recent years, as was the number of attendees, 550.

Proceeds from the gala will fund the service of 265 AmeriCorps members in 21 Boston Public Schools, where they provide support to students in attendance, positive behavior, and coursework in English language arts and math.

"This year’s Starry Night event celebrated community and the diverse, committed people who make our service to Boston students possible,” said Sandra Lopez Burke, vice president and executive director of City Year Boston. “Hearing from students, school partners, champions, and alumni inspired everyone in the room to recommit to investing in our community’s young leaders – both BPS students and City Year Boston AmeriCorps members."

Funds were raised through event chairs, table sponsorships, corporate underwriting, a night-of call for support, and champions including Red Jacket Society members.

Bain Capital served as the presenting sponsor for the event, and other sponsors included Berkshire Partners, Harbourvest, MFS, Ropes and Gray, and Turkish Airlines, Nadastra, PWC, Staples, 3Edge Asset Management, Advent International, Barneys New York, Comcast NBCUniversal, CSX, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, the Gravestar Foundation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jack Morton Worldwide, KPMG LLP, Merrill Lynch, PTC, and State Street Corporation.

Attendees heard from students at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester, as well as a City Year Boston alumna whose mentees became City Year Boston AmeriCorps members this year. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker delivered remarks via video.

City Year Boston is the founding site of City Year, a national network that partners with public schools in 28 urban communities across the U.S. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serve full-time in schools, providing high-impact student, classroom, and school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduation, ready for college and career success.

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