November 22, 2017
 
Irish Immigrant Center, United Way of Mass. Bay Raise Funds

November 6, 2017 — The Irish International Immigrant Center raised a record-setting $1 million at its recent gala, while the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley raised $3 million at its annual real estate and building industry leadership breakfast.

Irish International Immigrant Center Gala Raises $1M

The Irish International Immigrant Center, a Boston nonprofit that assists newcomers to successfully transition to new lives in Greater Boston and the United States, announced that it raised a $1 million at its recently annual gala, setting a record.

The Irish International Immigrant Center (IIC) said funds from the gala will support its work in providing free and low-cost legal, wellness, and education services for more than 3,000 immigrant and refugee families this year.

The gala, held last month, drew 720 attendees and beat its goal to raise $800,000 by 25%. Funds were raised through corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, a silent and live auction, and donations made during the event.

IIC Executive Director Ronnie Millar said, "We were able to reach a record breaking year due to the tremendous support of the Arbella Insurance Group and so many others who have stepped up in this time of critical need for immigrant families. The theme of this year’s Solas was courage, and for sure we all need courage in these days when there is so much uncertainty. We need each other and as the Irish say, 'we all live in each other's shelter.’”

Key sponsors for this year’s gala included John Donohue and Frances Robinson, Arbella Insurance Foundation, Geraghty Associates, Eastern Bank, Gargiulo / Rudnick LLP, and Trianz Consulting.

Three people who are strong community leaders and advocates for immigration were honored: Former Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who received the Solas Service Award; John Donohue, president, chairman, and CEO of Arbella Insurance Group and founding chair of IIIC’s Advisory Board, received the Solas Leadership; and Noon Elhassan, an immigrant from Sudan and now a student at UMass Boston, received the inaugural Solas Courage Award.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Raises $3M

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, based in Boston, announced that it raised $3 million at last week's annual Real Estate and Building Industry Leadership Breakfast.

Funds raised through the event, held for the 24th year, attended by 1,000 real estate and building professionals, included $1.6 million generated through corporate sponsorships and donations, to support United Way’s efforts to fund scalable solutions aimed at ending family homelessness.

“From talking to my colleagues across the country, there is no other place where the real estate industry comes together like this for United Way and for the opportunity to make a big difference in people’s lives,” said Michael K. Durkin, United Way president and CEO. “This support fuels United Way’s ability to fund innovative new approaches to some of the most vexing, entrenched issues facing our region, such as family homelessness.”

National Development/Charles River Realty Investors received the annual Norman B. Leventhal/Edwin N. Sidman Real Estate and Building Industry Leadership Award, which honors an industry leader who has greatly contributed to the community, both professionally and philanthropically. National Development was honored for their longstanding partnership with United Way, for its work engaging and strengthening communities and having a physical impact on neighborhoods in and around Boston.

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