October 21, 2017
 
Esplanade Association and Friendship Home Raise Funds

October 8, 2017 — The Esplanade Association, a Boston nonprofit that maintains and improves the Charles River Esplanade, announced that it raised a record-setting $980,000 at its recent annual gala, while Friendship Home, a Norwell nonprofit that provides respite and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, raised $140,000 via its annual golf tournament.

The Esplanade Association said annual Moondance Gala, held Sept. 27 along the banks of the Charles River in Boston, attracted 450 friends, supporters, and business and civic leaders.

Funds raised will support the installation of Wayfinding Directional Signage, the planting of thousands of bulbs and perennials for next spring, public art on the Esplanade, educational community programming, and programs that bring children with limited access to greenspace to the Esplanade.

“The Moondance Gala is truly a spectacular celebration of all the Esplanade Association’s accomplishments in the Park, as well as an ode to our many incredible members with whom we share a vision and responsibility to protect and care for the Esplanade,” said Alexi Conine, board chair of the Esplanade Association. “It is only with the greater community’s support that we can continue our ongoing horticultural, programmatic, and advocacy work to developing new essential programs that will help us to continue to make life better in the park for the enjoyment of all.”

This year's event was co-chaired by Jean and Christopher Egan and Lori and Matthew Sidman.

Since its founding in 2001, the Esplanade Association, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and with support from volunteers, and advocates, has helped spur more than $28 million in park improvements.

Friendship Home Golf Tournament Raises $140K

Friendship Home reported that its eighteenth Annual Golf Classic, held last month at the at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston and CrossWinds Golf Club in Plymouth, raised $140,000.

The event’s proceeds included $18,000 for Friendship Home’s Go the Distance Campaign for its transportation services.

“Year after year, we are fortunate to have loyal support from our Circle of Friends, which includes our donors, sponsors, volunteers, golfers, and families. We are incredibly grateful for their belief and commitment to our mission. Every donation has a direct impact on our members with developmental disabilities and their families,” said Andrea Pyke, executive director of Friendship Home.

Top sponsors of the event included Quincy Mutual Group and Cambridge Savings Bank. Joe Pierce, Principal of Plymouth Rock Financial Partners, volunteered as event chair.

More than 40 volunteers made the Golf Classic possible, including dozens from Rockland Trust, a steadfast community partner. “Our volunteers always step up to help us run this annual event, and we are thankful that they donate their time and talents to make the day so successful,” said Linda Malone, director of development.

Since it was founded in 1999, Friendship Home has grown to serve more than 200 families on the South Shore and beyond with its overnight respite, vocational, and social recreational programs.

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