September 24, 2018
Thompson Island, Children's Advocacy Center Fundraisers

October 10, 2017 — Two Boston-based nonprofits that serve children—the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County—recently raised $670,000 at separate events to support their ongoing missions.

Thompson Island’s 17th Annual 4K Trail Run Raises $425K

The Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, which uses hands-on field science and character development to help close the opportunity gap for Boston middle school students, announced that its 17th annual Thompson Island 4K Trail Run raised $425,000 to support its youth programs.

The two-day fundraiser, held at its site in the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, surpassed by 25% the $340,000 raised by the same event last year.

“It's incredible to think that when we first held this race 17 years ago, just a few hundred runners participated,” said Thompson Island President and CEO Arthur Pearson. "The event's growing popularity is a testament both to the unique venue as well as the strong philanthropic tradition that exists among Boston corporations. We're truly grateful for the generous support they give to our youth programs all year long - from fielding teams for our 4K race to sponsoring our gala to volunteering to maintain our island classroom."

The race expanded to two days in 2016 to accommodate the companies looking to participate, and this year's race sold out with 1,000 runners participating each day.

There were 103 corporate sponsors, up from 75 last year, with New Balance and BNY Mellon serving as Presenting Sponsors with $25,000 donations. Other top sponsors included Boston Harbor Cruises, Harpoon, JDL Corporate Interiors, Reebok, Standish, State Street, and Turner Construction. Sponsors donate a minimum of $1,000.

This year Tom Niles, a long-time Thompson Island supporter and friend, matched individual donations 1:1 up to $50,000, which helped raise more than $117,000, surpassing the $100,000 goal.

Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County Benefit Raises$235K

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC), a Boston-based nonprofit that serves children and families exposed to violence and abuse, announced that it raised $235,000 at its rebranded annual benefit, held Oct. 4.

Now called the Step Up & Speak Out Benefit, the event honored Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and Bill Forry, Jonathan and Margot Davis, and Jack and Carrol Harrington for their work and backing of the CAC.

“This event shines a light on the progress being made in the fight against child abuse by honoring community champions, while drawing attention to challenges still ahead,” said CAC Executive Director, Susan Goldfarb. “We are so grateful to those who continue to step up to the plate, and call attention to an uncomfortable topic that impacts our community’s most vulnerable children. All of our honorees have given selflessly to this cause and truly embody the 'Step Up & Speak Out' sentiment. Without them, we would not be where we are today.”

Forry said, “We know the Children’s Advocacy Center is on the front lines daily helping our most vulnerable. This is intense work; and we recognize the dedication of staff in supporting children who are being abused."

Each year, the CAC’s multidisciplinary teams partner with more than 25 agencies to reduce stress and improve outcomes throughout the abuse investigation, intervention, and healing process for more than 1,500 children.

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