December 16, 2017
 
'Pie in the Sky' Raises $800K; Music & Youth Gives $325K

November 27, 2017 — Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition program that provides services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses, announced it raised $800,000 by selling more than 22,000 pies for Thanksgiving, while another Boston-based nonprofit, Music & Youth, contributed $325,000 in grants, equipment, and support services to 10 nonprofits.

Community Servings said more than 550 volunteers joined in the twenty-fifth annual Pie in the Sky fundraiser, selling apple, pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato pies, at $30 each, to 12,000 buyers throughout Massachusetts.

Two years ago, Pie in the Sky raised $748,000 by selling 20,0000 pies.

David Waters, chief executive officer of the organization, wrote in an email, "With the purchase of each pie, we're able to feed one of our 2,000 critically ill clients struggling with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses for a week. Thanks to you, they don't have to face hunger and sickness alone during the holidays, or any other day of the year."

Pies were donated by 110 kitchens statewide, while more than 100 businesses provided pie pick-up locations.

Sponsors of the event included Coldwell Banker Residential Banker Cares, DigitasLBi, and ScrubaDub.

Music & Youth Initiative Grants $325,000 to 10 Massachusetts Nonprofits

The Music & Youth Initiative last week announced it contributed $325,000 in grants, equipment, and support services to 10 Massachusetts-based youth development organizations in support of their after-school music programs.

Music & Youth said the clubhouses provides a hands-on approach to music immersion that keeps youth, ages 10-18, off the streets, helps them improve their academic and social skills, and builds self-confidence and self-esteem.

“Our partner organizations are doing amazing work with youth every day,“ says Gary Eichhorn, CEO of the Music & Youth Initiative. “By offering music programming and mentorship, they’re giving them access to truly life-changing skills and experiences.”

More than 1,000 youth are currently enrolled in contemporary music lessons.

The organizations receiving support are:
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, Roxbury, and South Boston
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Dorchester
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Lowell
  • Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain
  • Malden YMCA, Everett
  • Merrimack Valley YMCA, , Lawrence and Methuen
  • Sociedad Latina, Roxbury
  • Waltham Boys & Girls Club, Waltham
  • West End House Boys & Girls Club, Allston
  • YMCA of Metro North, Lynn

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