November 22, 2017
 
Dimock Center Raises $1.1M at 30th Anniversary Gala, a Record

October 27, 2017 — The Dimock Center, a nonprofit located in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood that provides low cost health and human services, yesterday announced that it raised $1.14 million at its 30th anniversary gala, setting a record.

The annual Steppin’ Out gala, held Oct. 21 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, exceeded its fundraising goal by 27%, raising $140,000 more than last year's record-setting $860,000. This year's event attracted 1,100 people, 100 more than last year.

Funds from the gala, which account for approximately 70% of the organization's annual fundraising goal, is the single largest source of unrestricted revenue for The Dimock Center, and will support community health services, behavioral health services, and education to more than 18,000 children and adults this year.

Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO of Dimock, said the outpouring of support this year was spurred in part by the organization's thirtieth anniversary and the ongoing patronage of sponsors who have supported Steppin' Out since its inception.

In addition to corporate sponsorships, funds were raised via ticket sales, a silent auction, and a solicitation during dinner. Key sponsors included The TJX Companies, Sanofi Genzyme, Liberty Mutual, Dell, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

From its beginning and for approximately 20 years, Steppin' Out was more of a musical extravaganza, held at the World Trade Center in Boston, celebrating the rich history of Boston's African-American Jazz scene. Today, the event focuses more on fundraising, though this year the evening culminated with special performances from R&B legends Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Kool and the Gang. Wilson performed some of the Supremes’ most iconic hits such as “Baby Love,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” and “Come See about Me.”

Kool and the Gang’s high-octane show featured a 75-minute tour through their greatest hits, including “Ladies Night,” “Get Down on It,” and “Joanna.”

Attending the event were Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, both of whom lauded Dimock’s approach to anticipating and meeting the growing needs of the Boston community.

Steppin' Out is considered Boston's premiere multi-cultural, black tie gala. Over three decades Steppin' Out has raised approximately $27 million, which has enabled The Dimock Center to create and expand a range of programs and services, including residential recovery programs for men, an adult education program, and an expanded health center.

“The behind-the-scenes driver of every Steppin’ Out Gala, one of the most diverse galas held in Boston, is Dimock’s mission: to redefine the model of a healthy community by creating equitable access to comprehensive, integrated health care and education,” said Minter-Jordan. “As a national leader in providing vital community health services to thousands of families in greater Boston, we rely heavily on the funds raised from Steppin’ Out to advance our mission, and that is always front and center in our gala planning process.”

Founded in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, The Dimock Center today is nationally recognized as a model for the delivery of comprehensive, proving integrated health and human services in an urban community, and today provides comprehensive, integrated health care, mental health support, and education to children and adults from Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods.

Minter-Jordan, Dimock noted, “From the gardens where our Head Start children grow their own vegetables, to our transitional housing for homeless families, to our $16 million state-of-the-art detox center [the Dr. Lucy Sewall Center for Acute Treatment Services] now under construction, I see The Dimock Center breaking new ground every day, in every way.”

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