December 15, 2018
Old Colony Y Hosts Its First Gala in 130 Years, Raises $450K

November 9, 2017 — The Old Colony YMCA, a Brockton nonprofit that is one of the largest human service providers in southeastern Massachusetts, yesterday announced it raised $450,000 at the first large-scale gala it has held since its founding 130 years ago, beating its goal by $50,000.

Proceeds from the Rise Up Gala, held Nov. 4 at the Boston Marriott-Quincy, was supported by 400 attendees and 60 sponsors, will be used to provide social services and family programs offered by of Old Colony YMCA (OCY) throughout its service area.

Vinnie Marturano, OCY's president and chief executive officer, said, “We were thrilled to see so many people come out to support our mission tonight. We take immense pride in the human service programs we are able to offer the community, and this event was a great way to recognize that work and continue to share our story.”

Funds were raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, silent and live auction, and several “fund a need” programs held during the gala, and represent about 15% of all funds raised annually by OCY through its annual campaign, grants, and gifts.

The decision to hold a gala was made after OCY concluded that a single event may be able to match the level of funds that traditionally has been generated through individual branch events, explained Michael Ricci, vice president of communications.

"It was also an opportunity to engage some new supporters and share our mission and story with a new audience – which I think we accomplished," he said.

In the past, each branch hosted its own fundraiser, drawing upon a strong local following. OCY plans to host a second Rise Up Gala next year.

Sysco Boston received the organization's Call to Action Award for its hunger relief and food preservation efforts, as well as nearly two decades of support of OCY.

David Wade of WBZ-TV/CBS Boston served as the evening's master of ceremonies, and KISS 108’s Lisa Donovan served as auctioneer. Eli Florence chaired the gala.

Sponsors included Hologic, Inc., Merrill Lynch, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Boston Scientific, Chuck and Carol Dockendorff, HarborOne Bank, Barbara Hassan, Attorney Susan Nicastro and Attorney John Twohig, North Easton Savings Bank, Suffolk Cares Charitable Foundation, and Sysco Boston.

OCY serves people of all ages and abilities in 31 communities in southeastern Massachusetts. Last year, 37,000 people participated in programs at facilities in Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Middleboro, Plymouth, Stoughton, and Taunton, as well as at 48 child care sites and five summer camps.

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